Brad Pitt, hero in a new railway thriller
Seven second-rate delinquents meet on a train, ready to do battle: welcome aboard Bullet Train, a cynical police comedy with a self-deprecating Brad Pitt.
The film will be released in the U.S. on August 3, two days after Bullet Train, directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2 and Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw), is an adaptation of the best-selling Japanese novel Maria Beetle by Kotaro Isako.
It is a cocktail of black humor and gags that punctuate this crime comedy anchored in a high-speed train between Tokyo and Kyoto and in which seven murderers, more or less pursued by misfortune, try to liquidate themselves.
There is the superstar Brad Pitt, but the audience will find a flock of rising stars like Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson or the presence of Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock.
“It’s a crime comedy, and for me, it’s much funnier because there are not only scenes of violence but also humor,” explained Brad Pitt, 58, during an exchange with the French press in mid-July.
Bullet Train “is thought for the cinema, to provoke this contagious laughter that happens when you are in a group, you know when you have a good time,” he continued.
The Benjamin Button actor plays Ladybug, a hitman convinced he’s being chased by bad luck. “Ladybug is the king of the fools,” he said ironically.
Bullet Train has peppered with fight scenes à la Jackie Chan, a martial arts star but comic version, who has a special place in the actor’s heart. “I don’t have enough words to pay tribute to what Chan has done” for comedy cinema, Brad Pitt said.
These are scenes thought up by an expert in the field. Before being a director, David Leitch was Brad Pitt’s understudy in films like Fight Club or Troy.
“We had a relationship of trust. This trust has been renewed in the sphere of directing,” the director told the press. Brad Pitt “knows my background. It put me in confidence to direct it,” he continued.
Realized, amid the pandemic related to COVID-19, the film was mainly shot in a studio. “We couldn’t go to Tokyo. It was a particularly dark moment for all of us”, revealed the interpreter of “Ladybird.”
On the other hand, the shoot “was like therapy.” “We had the chance to leave our respective little bubbles to immerse ourselves in the film and shake each other,” Brian Tyree Henry told the press.
Brian Tyree Henry – The Eternals – forms an unlikely duo with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who will star in the 2023 Marvel blockbuster Kraven. They play Lemon and Tangerine, two thugs down on their luck in the film.
“David (Leitch) knows what he wants to put on the screen (…) His experience in the world of dubbing and the fact that he is a fan of that world brings a lot of legitimacy to the film,” said Brian Tyree Henry.