Brad Pitt battles assassins in action thriller Bullet Train

Actor Brad Pitt poses on the red carpet before the screening of Bullet Train in Berlin, Germany, on July 19, 2022.
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BERLIN — Hollywood star Brad Pitt fights off assassins on a high speed train travelling across Japan in action thriller Bullet Train, reuniting with his former stuntman turned director David Leitch.

Pitt plays Ladybug, an unlucky assassin who wants to get a job done well before he finds himself battling a range of dangerous opponents, all with missions connected to his, on board the bullet train.

Based on Kotaro Isaka's 2010 novel, the film also stars Sandra Bullock, Zazie Beetz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon and Hiroyuki Sanada.

"Dave actually was my stunt man in '98...We met on Fight Club and he trained me for the fight and it worked so well," Pitt told a news conference in Berlin on Tuesday (July 19), about Leitch.

"We went on with that pairing till about '04 with a bunch of other films, and then he left me to do other things, and now it's come back full circle so it's really nice for me to have him as the boss now."

Actors Brad Pitt, Joey King, Zazie Beetz, Brian Tyree Henry, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Director David Leitch and his wife Kelly McCormick pose on the red carpet before the screening of Bullet Train in Berlin, Germany, on July 19, 2022.
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The film features plenty of stunts and fight scenes as the assassins all seek to get hold of a briefcase.

Leitch, who directed Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2 and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, said he sought to balance the film's violence with comedy.

"It's always a balance of tone in a movie... I think creating a heightened world... allows us to get away with more things," he said. "So we're in this sort of comic book world, this escapist fantasy world and we can play with some of those darker ideas."

Actors Brad Pitt, Joey King and Zazie Beetz pose on the red carpet before the screening of Bullet Train in Berlin, Germany, on July 19, 2022.
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The film's cast and crew are promoting Bullet Train in Europe this week ahead of its global release in early August.

"I didn't even realise it's been like three years because we've been in lockdown and haven't brought anything to a table in a while," Pitt said of returning to the promotional trail.

"It's just nice. We all put everything we had into telling the story. It's come together... and it's really nice to now let it go, hopefully people will be enjoying it together in the theatre, laughing."

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