“I’m really, really concerned about it and really worried about all the implications that obviously come with it.” – Michael Keaton on terrorism

Michael Keaton stars in the new action packed thriller American Assassin. Based on the best-selling novel by Vince Flynn, the film features Keaton as a veteran CIA agent where martial arts and physical choreography was an essential part of the role. 

American Assassin follows Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a man drawn to the world of counter-terrorism after his girlfriend is murdered by Islamic terrorists. He is mentored by Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton), a CIA ops Cold War Veteran. The pair embark on a mission to stop a mysterious operative intent to start a world war in the Middle East. The film is directed by Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger) and costars Sanaa Lathan, Yousef ‘Joe’ Sweid, and Trevor White. 

Michael Keaton, who was best known for his iconic roles in Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ and ‘Beetlejuice’, has had a busy re-emergence the last couple years. From his Oscar nominated turn in ‘Birdman’ to his supporting role in Best Picture winner ‘Spotlight’, Keaton has been on a roll. He also starred in ‘The Founder’, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, and will lead the cast of Disney’s anticipated remake of ‘Dumbo’. 

FilmInside’s reporter Rachel Kasuch sat down with Michael Keaton to discuss ‘American Assassin’. Keaton talks about stunt work, soft spots, being a “tough guy”, and terrorism. On doing his own stunts in fighting scenes, Keaton admits, “We choreographed them and it ended up they used us instead of the stunt guys, it ended up being easier.” To see more about what fun facts Michael Keaton shares, check out the interview below. 

Text: David Bruce
Interview: Rachel Kasuch

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