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Brad Pitt’s Bullet Train Director David Leitch Praises Indian Action Movies For ‘Bold Choices’

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Known for creating entertaining casts such as ‘John Wick’, ‘Deadpool 2’, ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ and Brad Pitt’s upcoming star ‘Bullet Train’, filmmaker David Leitch has praised Indian action movies for its bold choice and claimed it’s fun to watch.

Speaking to IANS about high-octane Indian actors and if he’s seen them, Leitch said, “I like the kind of bold choices Indian movies make in their action sequences, the heightened version of the reality and physics that sometimes exists.”

The 46-year-old filmmaker finds it “inspiring in many ways”.

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He added, “Because the action can get stale and I think some of the things they do in India are going full throttle and it’s fun to watch.”

Before making his directorial debut with Chad Stahelski in 2014 with Keanu Reeves starring “John Wick,” Leitch served as a stuntman and coordinator. He also did five stunts for Brad Pitt and twice for Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Does he get his fondness for the action genre, thanks to his love for stunts?

Leitch said: “Well I think it’s in my DNA, I’ve spent over 20 years being a stuntman, coordinator, action designer and I love action in movies. I think it’s another layer of drama and you can do things in action sequences to define characters and ways that you can’t do in a dialogue scene.”

He added, “So I think it’s really compelling for the storytelling that I do to have an action component and I know how to handle it in the right way.”

The filmmaker is all excited for the release of his upcoming film ‘Bullet Train’, which will hit Indian screens a day before the US.

The film is based on the Japanese novel “Maria Beetle” published in English under the title “Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka”. The film stars Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Zazie Beetz, Benito A Martinez Ocasio and Sandra Bullock.

Leitch shared that the film was being shot during the height of the Covid pandemic.

Speaking about having an all-star cast, he said: “Well it turned out to be relatively easy but maybe fate had something to do with it. We were filming at the height of the pandemic. We were filming at LA because we couldn’t go to Japan and we were one of the first projects to come out, so there was a lot of interest.”

“The collaboration between Brad and I got a lot of actors to come to the table and raise their hands and we had a great group of people. I can’t see the movie in any other incarnation now. It’s unbelievable.”

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Leitch also paid particular attention to the film’s thematic track, which he described as a “very important piece of the puzzle”.

“I love the music in my movies. It’s always a very important piece of the puzzle for me to find the movie soundtrack from the start and I felt the theme song ‘Staying Alive’ was so fitting for Lady Bug-Brad’s character and to subvert him by doing the Japanese cover became the inspiration for the rest of the soundtrack.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment India will release “Bullet Train” on August 4 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.