Brad Pitt Went Full-On Cliff Booth For His New Film ‘Bullet Train’

Brad Pitt, winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,' poses in the press room during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020
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Brad Pitt is just one of the A-listers in ‘Bullet Train’

Pitt’s new movie Bullet Train is based on the Japanese graphic novel Maria Beetle by Kotaro Isaka. The film is an ensemble thriller that features half a dozen hitmen from different criminal factions. Each one has a specific mission — along with competing agendas — all aboard the same train.

The star power in this film is a list of Hollywood A-listers. Starring alongside Pitt is Academy Award winner

Last year, Brad Pitt won an Oscar for playing stuntman Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Apparently, the Booth character inspired the 57-year-old actor. For his new film Bullet Train, Pitt suddenly decided to do the majority of his own stunts.

Brad Pitt | Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for TurnerBrad Pitt is just one of the A-listers in ‘Bullet Train’

Pitt’s new movie Bullet Train is based on the Japanese graphic novel Maria Beetle by Kotaro Isaka. The film is an ensemble thriller that features half a dozen hitmen from different criminal factions. Each one has a specific mission — along with competing agendas — all aboard the same train.

The star power in this film is a list of Hollywood A-listers. Starring alongside Pitt is Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon, Zazi Beetz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Bad Bunny. There are also rumors that Lady Gaga has a secret role.

Brad Pitt went totally Cliff Booth

After portraying late 1960s stunt double Cliff Booth – who was based on real-life stuntman Hal Needham – Pitt decided to perform his own stunts in Bullet Train. Second-unit director Greg Rementer told Vulture that instead of using a stunt double for his portrayal of a hitman named Ladybug, Pitt did almost everything himself.

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“Brad did 95 percent of his physical stunts — the fighting,” Rementer says. “He’s like a natural-born athlete. He really got in there!”

But, Pitt wasn’t the only star of the film to get physical. Rementer says he’s never “done so many huge actors in one feature where all of them excelled at the physical movement” of his training.

Is ‘Bullet Train’ director David Leitch to blame?

Rementer revealed that Pitt, Henry, Shannon, Hiroyuki Sonada, and Andrew Koji all “put out some great action” and “did a lot of their own stuff.” This could be the result of director David Leitch’s influence.

Leitch has become known for persuading actors to avoid the stunt professionals and execute these action scenes on their own. He is a former stuntman himself who later transitioned to action choreographer before becoming a filmmaker. Leitch worked as Pitt’s stunt double in Fight Club, Troy, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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