The Hitman's Bodyguard UK Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Hates SLJ

Another trailer for The Hitman's Bodyguard has finally been released and promises movie-goers plenty of gags, guns and explosions. The movie sees Ryan Reynolds' bodyguard, Michael Bryce, hired to protect a hitman by the name of Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), a man who has previously attempted to murder him a grand total of twenty eight times. Behind the camera is director Patrick Hughes and also starring are Salma Hayek, Richard E. Grant and Elodie Yung, with Gary Oldman once again on villain duty.

Having seen the effect a clever and hilarious marketing campaign can have while working on Deadpool, Reynolds' new movie has also taken an unconventional approach to promotion with a brilliant poster that recreates the original poster for Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard. The image of Samuel L. Jackson in Ryan Reynolds' arms is surely a sight to behold.

After two previous trailers, a third full promo trailer for the film has now been released online via Lionsgate Films and gives fans a good look at this action-comedy combo. The clip showcases Reynolds' cocky, brash bodyguard and highlights some thrilling key action sequences, as well as a glut of funny one-liners from the actor. Sam Jackson also seems to be on fine form - and one standout scene in the trailer sees the reluctant duo stuck traveling the countryside, in a van full of singing nuns.

The Hitman's Bodyguard Poster feat. Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds

After the giddy success of Deadpool, The Hitman's Bodyguard perhaps represents a return to more familiar fare for Reynolds and the actor is certainly playing to his comedic strengths in this movie. Thankfully however, it does appear that the action won't be overshadowed by the lighter moments, as the trailer's gunfights, car chases and hand-to-hand combat sequences all look expertly crafted.

It's perhaps easy to be a little skeptical about The Hitman's Bodyguard. If movies are renowned for putting their best gags in their trailer, expectations for this feature should certainly not be set too high. Furthermore, the film's premise of a reluctant duo being forced to work together in a criminal underworld setting is arguably a well-worn formula in Hollywood and you'd also be hard pressed to find a great deal of difference between Michael Bryce and any number of Ryan Reynolds' other 'funny tough guy' roles.

With that said, there's always cause to be optimistic. The Hitman's Bodyguard features a stunning main and supporting cast with tons of talent and experience and director Patrick Hughes has pedigree in the realm of light-hearted action flicks, after he took the helm of The Expendables 3. Plus, you can never write off anything with Samuel L. Jackson in it.

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Source: Lionsgate Films UK

Key Release Dates
  • The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) release date: Aug 18, 2017
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