After nearly three years without appearing in a leading role, Brad Pitt is finally back on the big screen, and his latest action flick is unforgettable. The actor stars in Bullet Train, directed by Deadpool 2’s David Leitch, in which five rival assassins chase after a MacGuffin briefcase in a Japanese Shinkansen traveling at 300 km/h. One of those killers is played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
“I have to go toe to toe with Brad,” he tells Total Film in the new issue, with Thor: Love and Thunder on the cover. “So does everyone. We all give the big man a chance. Everyone gets a good piece of the pie. We all have our own really juicy action and our own fighting styles. It’s great.” He pauses. “Luckily I didn’t accidentally punch the most beautiful man in the world in the face.”
While all the killers may be fighting Pitt’s character Ladybird, the film isn’t simply a thriller, action movie, murder mystery, or even a comedy. It’s all of those things and, as Leitch puts it, “an irreverent comment on fate.”
“When you’re in one of those blockbuster movies, the action is the cornerstone,” he continues. “You know Ethan Hunt was there for a previous mission impossible, and you have to find a bigger stage. They’re amazing, but that’s what they need.” Bullet Train, meanwhile, is fresh, irreverent, anarchic, yet not bound by rules or templates. In today’s Hollywood, original intellectual property is rare and should be celebrated. But can he steal the eyes from the superhero sequels?
“I think this can [compete]Leitch says. “We need to fight as creatives to get original IP in theaters. I love superhero movies and have directed them: Deadpool 2 and possibly Hobbs & Shaw because the world of Fast is almost a superhero franchise at the moment, but people are ready for new ideas. I think the public is hungry for her. And we can do it with the right ideas, the right stars and the right studio support, for sure.”
Bullet Train opens August 3 in the UK and August 5 in the US. For more on the film’s cast, including Pitt, and the director, check out the new issue of Total Film. (opens in a new tab)now available on physical and digital shelves (opens in a new tab).
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