Bullet Train Director David Leitch was once Brad Pitt’s stunt double
Teddy Pendergrass offers some salient advice on his classic track Be for real, from Harold Melvin & the Bluenote’s album I Miss You. Pendergrass says, reminiscing about his mother’s wisdom, “chances go ’round. She said, ‘The same people you see going up, you meet the same old faces coming down.'” The line implores the listener to exercise humility when dealing with people they might deem below their station. Through chance on their end or misfortune on your own, the roles might be reversed in the future. Few industries exemplify the lyric as potently as Hollywood.
David Leitch, director of the upcoming Bullet Train, has become one of the most in-demand filmmakers in the industry. As the director of the first John Wick, Leitch has been touted as a visionary in the field of action cinema. In Bullet Train, Leitch directs Brad Pitt, a shocking inversion of their previous relationship, as Leitch used to be Brad Pitt’s stunt double.
Leitch, who doubled for Pitt on Fight Club, is at the helm on Bullet Train, Sony’s starry action thriller following five assassins on a Japanese train.
Pitt recalled meeting Leitch during those early stunt double days at the film’s Los Angeles premiere on Monday, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “He trained me for those fights and in a way he [was] helping me develop the character; now he’s a director with his own voice and own vernacular and I’m serving him, he’s the boss. So there was a beautiful symmetry for two old friends.”
When it came to reuniting with Pitt, Leitch said he was excited for audiences to see the superstar in a new light.
“I think people hadn’t seen Brad like this in a long time, maybe ever,” the director said. “He was dying to do comedy and when we sent him this script I think he responded and saw the things that we saw in it. It has great characters, especially [his character] Ladybug. He was laughing halfway through it and said, ‘I can do this. Leichty let’s do it. Leitchy let’s do it!'”
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August 3, 2022 at 08:01AM