Seeing Red: A Damsel and A Company Man

RED Comic-Con Preview

Today we round out our week-long coverage of the upcoming action-comedy Red. It’s heading to Comic-Con 2010 next week with plans for a big Bruce Willis-filled panel, and we’ve had our eye on it ever since we found ourselves on set with Bruce and the gang earlier this year. As a fan of the Warren Ellis comic upon which it’s based, I’ll admit to being skeptical about the “action-comedy” angle. But after that first trailer and a few conversations with cast and crew, they’ve got me on the hook. More to the point, you’ll be on the hook when you remember that both Mary-Louise Parker and Karl Urban share the screen with the legendary Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman.

After the jump you’ll find more about their characters and two brand new character posters.

We begin with Mary-Louise Parker, the vixen of Showtime’s hit show Weeds. She plays Sarah, one of only two characters carried over from the Warren Ellis comic. In fact, she’s the only character that made it to the film with her entire character intact. Bruce Willis’ character Frank Moses was originally named Paul Moses in the book. Semantics, I know. But it’s important to know.

“She works for this, ostensibly what is like Social Security,” Parker explained to us from the New Orleans set. “And he [Willis’ character Frank] is calling to get his checks that he says he hasn’t gotten. But actually — he has and he just wants to call back and talk to her because she’s friendly on the phone. And they like each other and they both really don’t have anyone to talk to.”

It’s the story of two lonely people, one retired and bored and the other caught in a dead-end job. But as we know from the first Red trailer, things get heated very quickly. And Sarah, yearning for some action — as the poster below explains — gets thrown into the crossfire with Frank. “I’m just damseling mostly,” says Parker. And even though she felt silly being the damsel and running from bullets, she enjoyed working on something much different from her other projects. “It’s good to feel stupid sometimes and do things that our out of your comfort zone,” she said. “It’s a different genre for me and it’s kind of good for me to feel ridiculous.”

It’s action she wants, and it’s action she gets. And lets be honest with ourselves, how many of us don’t want to see a lady of Mary-Louise Parker’s caliber get a little action? Check out her character poster below, then click over to the next page where we’ve got a look at Karl Urban’s character.

RED: Mary-Louise Parker

On the next page, we explore Karl Urban’s character, CIA Agent William Cooper >>

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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