Four years after the success of the first opus, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek are back in “Hitman & Bodyguard 2”. But not Elodie Yung, who nevertheless had an important role. Explanations with the director.
It was one of those unexpected hits that the box office gives us every summer: with a budget of $ 30 million, Hitman & Bodyguard had grossed 176.6 worldwide (including 75.5 in the United States). -United).
And it is only natural that a sequel was considered for this action comedy in which a hitman and a bodyguard who are opposites are forced to team up to bring down an Eastern European dictator. .
In November 2018, the project was formalized with the returns of director Patrick Hughes behind the camera, and Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in front. But also that of Salma Hayek, who played the wife of the second in the first opus and must have more room in the sequel, entitled The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard in original version (either “The bodyguard of the hitman’s wife”).
Shot in 2019 and postponed for a year because of the Covid-19 crisis which hit the whole world, and not only that of cinema, Hitman & Bodyguard 2 is released on our screens this Wednesday, June 30. The main trio faces a Greek billionaire drunk with revenge and eager to ruin the whole of Europe played by Antonio Banderas, and Morgan Freeman is also one of the new kids. But an actress is missing: Elodie Yung.
In the first episode, the French played Amelia, ex-girlfriend of Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) who was trying to win her back. With success, which makes his absence all the more surprising. But Patrick Hughes has an explanation:
“It’s because Michael Bryce is a suffering fool, who can’t have what he wants”, says the director to ComingSoon.net. “If he spins the perfect love, my movie is over. I have nothing. No conflict.”
“He must want something, and whatever he wants, he will never have it. Because it is the opposition between desire and need, which refers to mythology, in the sense that what he wants is isn’t really what he needs.
So he’s looking for what he thinks will make him happy: validation, success, triple A ratings and the opportunity to jumpstart his career. And we’re like, ‘Really? You’re going to continue to be an empty shit bag from the inside out, because that’s who you are as a human being. ‘”
“It was all about inner pain and that’s why I felt it had to be like this. Because if we tackled episode 2 and he was in a relationship with a beautiful woman he didn’t deserve – because she is clearly too good for him – there would be no story to tell. “
A story which, this time, gave pride of place to humor from its beginnings, where the first opus was more action-oriented, before Patrick Hughes became the director and did not want to impose more lightness. Well encouraged by Ryan Reynolds.