The first action/comedy/romance film of the summer is finally here. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek are all reprising their roles in the new sequel film "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard." The first flick was a whirlwind of bullets, blood, explosions, and sarcastic humor. So, what can we expect in this movie? We're going to take a guess and say more of the same but now it'll be even more outrageous. Why? Well for one, Hayek will be getting in on the action. Reynolds, on the other hand, will be more of a chauffeur than a bodyguard. Not enough to convince you? Well, to prepare for what's ahead, we're giving you the 9 things you need to know before seeing "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard."
This is a Sequel to "The Hitman's Bodyguard"
If you didn't already know, this film is actually the sequel to the 2017 film "The Hitman's Bodyguard." The predecessor to this flick had Michael Bryce (Reynolds) bodyguarding for notorious hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson). As you can see since Kincaid is still alive, Bryce succeeded in doing his job. Now, right as Bryce decides to give up bodyguarding, Darius Kincaid's wife Sonia (Hayek) will be pulling him out of retirement.
Michael Bryce is on Sabbatical Which Means No Guns and No Killing For Him
We've learned from the trailer that Michael Bryce's therapist has asked him to forget bodyguarding. Because of this, Bryce has vowed that he will not contribute to any more bloodshed. In order to survive, he'll need to adapt and use new tools to avoid murdering anyone while also staying alive. One weapon of choice that we've already seen is his trusty pepper spray. We can only imagine what other kind of instruments he'll be using next.
Ryan Reynolds' Character is Going to Suffer Even More This Time
If you thought Michael Bryce went through the ringer in the first film, then be prepared for Reynolds to look like Deadpool by the end of this one. In a recent interview, director Patrick Hughes discusses his thoughts on Reynolds' character and what his thinking was when planning this sequel. Hughes emphasizes, "If the first film put him in therapy, this film is gonna put him in a hospital." He even says that if you take a shot from the start of the film and a shot from the end, you'll barely be able recognize that it's Ryan Reynolds.
Expect Bigger Explosions and Wackier Comedy
The first film certainly packed a punch with respect to its explosiveness and over-the-top action and comedy. Because of this, Hughes has made it his mission in this film to up the ante significantly. When talking about the elevated level of ridiculous explosions and wacky comedy, he comes back to the theme that nothing will be good for Michael Bryce. Hughes says, "Michael Bryce is a suffering fool no matter what he does. Even if he does it to his best ability, and he deserves a positive outcome, no matter what he does, nothing can ever go in his favor." That was Hughes' number one rule when writing the script and developing the story.
Sonia Kincaid is Coming Out Guns Blazing
Sonia Kincaid had some brief action scenes in the first film, but she wasn't really the main focus. In this sequel, she'll be the belle of the ball. She'll be the one who's really driving the plot. Sonia is the one who will force Bryce out of retirement. She'll be the leading the shootouts and making the most explosions happen since Bryce isn't able to. Hayek is ecstatic about the opportunity she's been given saying, "I'm extra excited because I get a lead in an action movie at 52."
This is Really a Love Story
When we put all of the violence aside, this is really more than just an action movie. What's driving this story is Sonia's love for her husband Darius. The reason Sonia is pulling Bryce away from his new life is because she needs his help protecting Darius. During an interview, Jackson talks about their characters saying, "The joy that those two people have being together, and who they are, and what those personalities mean, and the links that they'll go to in order to stay together you know is the excitement for me of what happens."
Italy and Croatia Are the Primary Settings
Director Patrick Hughes mentions that he really wanted to shift the canvas of this film. The first movie was based more in London, filming in areas like Amsterdam and The Hague. Due to this fact, Hughes decided to change up the scenery by shooting most of the film in Italy and Croatia. Reynolds said it was a very special experience for him getting to visiting Croatia to film, and his family was able to join him as well.
This is Samuel L. Jackson and Morgan Freeman's First Movie Together
Although Morgan Freeman has been a mentor to Jackson since he was a young boy, they've never been in a film together! We don't have much knowledge about Freeman's character and how prevalent he's featured in the film. But we hope they'll share at least one scene together. They've known each other for close to 40 years. Freeman talks about when they both used to work in New York together saying, "We hadn't worked together since, and I like Sam a lot." Jackson also mentions, "To end up here was kind of great. I wanted to laugh with him. I wanted to smile with him. It was a real opportunity to you know just look at each other and kind of laugh and go ['How did we end up here?']."
A Large Portion of the Film is Improvised
We'll admit that when we first saw Reynolds and Jackson together in the first film, it was clear that they have chemistry. And with good chemistry, comes good improv. And now, since Hayek is in a more prominent role, she'll be adding to the fun. During her interview, Hayek admits, "Most of it is improvised. I got to improvise a lot. And so, I love the freedom. I'm very grateful to Patrick for trusting me that way. And I'm so lucky because I got to work with two of the best actors in the world that also happen to be great at improvisation."
June 16, 2021
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