Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are back in another entertaining red band trailer for the upcoming action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Thanks to the successes of Deadpool and The Avengers movies, Reynolds and Jackson have become two of the premier stars in the action movie genre. Not only do both have the physical wherewithal to make it in action films, Reynolds has the supreme talent of creating sardonic wiseguys, while Jackson sports the ultimate “don’t mess with me” attitude and has an incredible command over the delivery of the Mother F-bomb.
The first red band trailer for The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which was released last month, put Reynolds’ and Jackson’s talents on full display, with the Whitney Houston classic “I Will Always Love You” appropriately serving as the musical backdrop for the teaser. Now building even more anticipation for the film’s August 18 release, Reynolds and Jackson are proving to be a lethally funny combination again for the second trailer for The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
The new red band trailer, which dropped Friday, offers all new footage than that seen in the first trailer, which largely concentrated on Reynolds’ AAA-rated executive protection agent’s angst as he deals with Jackson’s most-wanted hitman in the world (and his excessive use of the Mother F-bomb). The new trailer still has plenty of hilarious interaction between Reynolds and Jackson, but also concentrates on the film’s other stars, including Salma Hayek as Jackson’s wife; Elodie Yung (Elektra on Netflix’s Daredevil) as a law enforcement agent helping protect Jackson; and Richard E. Grant (Logan) as another one of Reynolds’ clients. Gary Oldman is also in the spotlight as the film’s main villain – a brutal dictator whom Jackson is supposed to testify against.
The promising thing about the new trailer for The Hitman’s Bodyguard trailer is that it’s not relying on any previous footage from the first trailer to help generate excitement for the film. Trailer 2 actually gives movie fans a greater sense of what the story is about, and while there’s plenty of action like the first trailer, it’s not relying solely on the use of Mother F-bombs to solicit some laughs. Jackson, naturally delivers the expletive once, but Hayek is given an opportunity to drop it in comedic fashion as well.
While The Hitman’s Bodyguard clearly has a vibe akin to the Robert De Niro/Charles Grodin action comedy classic Midnight Run from 1988 (and is having fun with a poster parody of and trailer music from Costner/Houston’s 1992 smash The Bodyguard), the film’s early footage works on all levels. If future trailers and clips continue to deliver the action and laughs (and some more sly marketing moves will surely help, like Reynolds and Jackson mocking the disastrous Fyre Festival), The Hitman’s Bodyguard may generate enough momentum to be one of the biggest films of the summer.