How ‘Bullet Train’ Stunt Coordinator Trained Brad Pitt to Do His Own Stunts
Before he was a director of spectacles like “Deadpool 2,” David Leitch did stunts for dozens of productions, often doubling for Brad Pitt in films including “Troy,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “Fight Club.” Leitch puts his stunt background to good use in the action film “Bullet Train,” in cinemas now, in which he reteams with Pitt, this time as director.
Based on a Japanese novel, the action comedy revolves around five assassins from around the globe who find themselves on a fast-moving train. Pitt stars as Ladybug, alongside Sandra Bullock, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon, Zazie Beetz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bad Bunny. Leitch aimed to deliver a character-driven story that captures the action in camera rather than relying on CGI and green screen. It was up to Greg Rementer, the film’s second-unit director and stunt coordinator, to deliver the helmer’s vision.
Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson to visit Korea to promote ‘Bullet Train’
Actors Brad Pitt and Aaron Taylor-Johnson will visit Korea to promote the upcoming film “Bullet Train” (2022), Sony Pictures said Friday.
The pair will take part in red carpet events on Aug. 19 ahead of the film’s premiere on Aug. 24.
It has been eight years since Pitt last visited Korea. He has previously made local press appearances for three other films “Moneyball” (2011), “World War Z” (2013) and “Fury” (2014).
Don’t let Brad Pitt’s Ladybug fool you in “Bullet Train.” In the trailer alone for the action comedy, Pitt’s curiously code-named assassin gets table-slammed, stabbed, thrown through a glass door and pulled out of the high-speed Japanese train.
Not a problem for Pitt. Even at the road-tested age of 58, the Oscar-winning star had his stunt double-turned-director, David Leitch, watching his back.
“Yeah, it was always, ‘If it’s going to hurt, get Leitch,’ ” says Pitt of their early days as a team, laughing during a Zoom call with Leitch, 46. “I’ve never had a stunt double like Dave, that kind of collaboration. It’s just different now. And then he becomes a director, full circle. It’s just an amazing story. This kind of thing doesn’t happen.”
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Plan B Moves to Annapurna, Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Movie as First Project
Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment has signed a three-year production deal with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the company announced Thursday.
Plan B was previously set up at New Regency. As part of the deal, Plan B’s untitled Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale, will move with the company to Annapurna.
The project reunites the company with Adam McKay, the awarding winning director and co-writer of “The Big Short.” McKay is also producer on the film alongside his Gary Sanchez partners Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick.
Locarno Opens With ‘Bullet Train’, Surprise Brad Pitt Virtual Appearance
Locarno kicked off its latest edition on Wednesday evening with the international festival premiere of David Leitch’s latest action-comedy Bullet Train and a surprise video call from Brad Pitt to celebrate the event’s 75th anniversary.
Bullet Train received hearty applause and cheers from festivalgoers as the screening was introduced with a surprise video call from the movie’s star Brad Pitt.
“Congratulations to the whole festival crew on your 75th anniversary. It’s a fantastic achievement and what an honor it is for us to be a part of this festival with our movie Bullet Train,” he said.