Category: Bullet Train

David Leitch On Directing Action In A Confined Space: ‘It Forces You To Be Creative’

If there’s one thing we’ve come to expect from David Leitch, former Brad Pitt stunt double, director of Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 and major contributor to John Wick, it’s impeccable on-screen action.

“I’m not gonna say that it was without its challenges,” Leitch tells Empire. “I think there’s an expectation with summer movies that you have a certain level of action and spectacle. How do you create that in this confined space? It just forces you to be creative.” Where the John Wick franchise has given us ‘gun fu’, ‘book fu’ and even ‘horse fu’, Bullet Train embraces the use of everyday objects in its fight scenes – expect variations on ‘kettle fu’, ‘laptop fu’, and even ‘water bottle fu’.

There was also room to mix things up in the carriages themselves: there are 16 in total, including one dedicated to a fictional anime character, ‘Momomon’, and, of course, the quiet carriage. “That adds a whole other flexibility to the choreography,” says Leach. Brian Tyree Henry, who plays English hitman and Thomas The Tank Engine lover Lemon, enjoyed shooting that one in particular. “The fact that I have a whole fight with Brad Pitt on a quiet car — that we are trying to be silent while bashing each other’s faces — that was so fun to play,” he says. “You’re like a kid in a candy store.”

That blend of intricate hand-to-hand combat with a more comedic tone brings one of cinema’s most prolific martial arts masters to mind: “It straddles a line of badass action, but with a humorous element infused in it,” Pitt explains. “Almost like Jackie Chan. I feel like it is in that slipstream.” Director Leitch agrees: “Jackie is always an inspiration.” Just as Chan is renowned for doing the majority of his own stunts, so did Pitt on Bullet Train, which undoubtedly led to some bruises. “You always get banged up a little bit,” Pitt says. “We’re padded pretty well. Some of the tougher guys go without pads. I am not that guy.”

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Bullet Train director unpacks Brad Pitt’s assassin: ‘He’s cursed, or he thinks he is’

“It’s just a big summer popcorn movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously,” David Leitch tells EW of his forthcoming killers-on-a-train action film.

David Leitch, the stuntman-turned-director behind Atomic Blonde and Hobbs & Shaw, is fresh off an appearance at CinemaCon and he can’t contain his elation. You can practically hear the grin that pricks up on his face as he speaks over the phone a day after showcasing his latest action epic Bullet Train at the Las Vegas convention for theater owners.

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Bad Bunny Talks Filming ‘Bullet Train’ Fight Scenes With Brad Pitt

In an interview with Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe, the reggaeton hitmaker talked about co-starring with Brad Pitt in the upcoming assassin action-thriller “Bullet Train”.

As it turns out, some of the action with Pitt didn’t go quite as planned, as Bad Bunny revealed, “I f**ed up his face” during their fight scene.

He also said that shooting the scene took “a lot of effort,” and included a whole week of training to get the choreography down.

“But it is something that I love. I love to put something new to do,” the artist said.

“You know me. I’m a fighter. I’m a wrestler… [it was an] amazing experience,” he added. “Yo. Increíble. I was very excited. Mocionado. Proud because the experience was so good. The movie’s amazing. Brad Pitt is a[n] amazing guy. He was always so respectful and nice with me.”

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