“I’ve never been in a film with so many movie stars,” Bruce Willis said to us on our recent visit to the set of his upcoming action comedy Red. “I’ve never been in a film with all of these people in it that are all like the Yankees. They are the Yankees.”
He’s speaking, of course, of the mega cast assembled for Red, an adaptation of the DC Comics property written by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. It’s the subject of a series of articles that you’ll see this week as we begin to ramp up for Comic-Con. Bruce will be there, as will a great deal of this cast that includes Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfus, Brian Cox and Morgan Freeman. Today we take a look at what Willis had to say about his character, as well as a brand new character poster featuring him as former CIA killer Frank Moses.
“Everybody came in like Ted Williams Mickey Mantle, Derek, Babe Ruth—everybody steps up,” Willis continued. Sitting in the hot New Orleans sun, he’s eating Smarties candies and being playful with his metaphors. “Helen Mirren, bang. She’s got a home run. Everybody that came in for a day or for a week or three days or two weeks everybody hit it out of the park. I fucked up a lot of these things so fortunately they have something else to cut to.”
Mirren, who will undoubtedly become the star of this film, was seen in the first Red trailer firing a 50-caliber machine gun in her evening gown. “I can’t even imagine that scene,” Willis continued. “I wasn’t there when they shot that. I’m going to the movie just to see that.” He won’t be the only one, I’m sure.
That’s just one of this film’s intriguing highlights, which tells the story of former CIA operatives who become the Agency’s biggest targets well after they’ve retired. Diverting from the grim tone of the source material, this cinematic version of Red will bring comedy to the mix. As we witnessed in the trailer, the tone is very light and for the most part, a lot of fun. But for Bruce’s character Frank, it’s still about keeping his problems close and being very serious.
“My character isn’t so comedy driven. He has a lot of issues. He has problems. He never really had a girlfriend because he was afraid that someone would kill his girlfriend so now it’s the first time in years that he’s going with the girlfriend concept. So that’s interesting. It’s somewhat comedic,” says Willis.
“I just kind of get the ball in and everybody hits it as hard as it comes and out it goes. Mary Louise Parker—hysterical. She’s really funny in this. Comedy, yes. Romance, yes. Blood, action—no blood, action yes. I actually get shot in the arm and a little tiny bit of blood comes out. If you get shot in the arm in real life, you’re arm comes off. It gets blown off.”
Sadly, the film will be a PG-13, so the amount of blood will be minimal. But as we continue to explore what the cast had to say about this movie over the course of the next week, you might see that comedy, romance and action are a very good start.
Tomorrow we will tell you a little bit more about Helen Mirren’s character and explore what producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura had to say. Until then, please enjoy the new character poster below.
Red is in theaters October 15, 2010. The Red panel at Comic-Con will take place on Thursday, July 22, 2010 from 2:15pm to 3:15pm in Hall H. As you might expect, we will be there.