“Most of my childhood, but other than that, No.“ – Ryan Reynolds on when he needed a bodyguard and didn’t have one.
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson have both found mega success in the last few years starring in Marvel blockbuster. Reynolds of course plays the fast talking Deadpool, and Jackson plays Nick Fury, who has made plenty of cameos in Marvel hits like Doctor Strange and The Avengers. While both of these talented actors have taken the comic book film adaptation by storm, they have surprisingly never worked together. The duo team up for screen for the first time in the hilarious action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard, playing in theaters now. “He shows up to work on time”, says Jackson on Reynolds. “You have no idea how wonderful that is in this business,” says Reynolds. “It’s a great thing.”
The Hitman’s Bodyguard follows Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), a bodyguard who suffers a traumatic experience when the man he is hired to protect is shot dead in front of him. Two years later, he is living life in the dumps, divorced and protecting shady executives. The evil Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) is on trial and the only man who can send him to prison is Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), a hitman. Bryce is hired to protect Kincaid, making him a hitman’s bodyguard. The awkward pair embark on an adventure to testify against the enemy, and to see Kincaid’s fast talking wife Sonia (Salma Hayek) who is stuck in prison.
Ryan Reynolds has proven to be one of Hollywood’s busiest actors. In addition to The Hitman’s Bodyguard, he also starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal earlier this year in the sci-fi hit Life. He will reprise his now iconic role as Wade/Deadpool in Deadpool 2, as well as X-Force, the latest chapter in the X-Men series. Samuel L. Jackson starred earlier this year in the action hits Kong: Skull Island and xXx: Return of Xander Cage. He will reprise his role as Nick Fury in Captain Marvel, and will star in Shaft, The Blob, and The Incredibles 2.
FilmInside’s reporter Rachel Kasuch met with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson to discuss the making of The Hitman’s Bodyguard. They discuss showing up to work on time, singing in cars, peeing in a bottle, and more. On peeing in a bottle in a car, Jackson answers, “Yes, of course, we’re guys, that’s what guys do.” “I have, yes,” admits Reynolds. “It’s a right of passage for every man.” To see more of what Reynolds and Jackson have to say about having fun on set and in life, watch the exclusive video interview for The Hitman’s Bodyguard below.
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Text: David Bruce
Interview: Rachel Kasuch
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is playing in theaters now.