HITMAN: AGENT 47 | Rupert Friend: I went on a killing spree

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As a successful video game franchise, HITMAN was first provided its Hollywood crossover back in 2007. Leaving its mark, the game continues to put out contracts among those who are drawn to the art of being an assassin, and with another cinematic touch set for release August 21st, FOX’s HITMAN: AGENT 47 will prepare to take out anything and everything in its way.

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin (Rupert Friend) who’s genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two numbers on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research – and forty-six earlier Agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman (Hannah Ware) who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.

Ruthless and straight forward, fast and furious would be an understatement for it. As it raises adrenaline with all of its action build-up and sequences, it maintains sanity while exposing a story that gives the art of an assassin an interesting twist. Radically rushed within some of its layers, it manages to explain who’s who and what’s what. It’s a fun, intense, and seductively sadistic piece that puts one in your head as soon as it starts.

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L to R: Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Rupert Friend, and Aleksander Bach

At the film’s NYC press conference on Friday, August 14, 2015 those behind this deadly curtain shed some light upon AGENT 47. Gracing us with their presence, we were granted some time with director Aleksander Bach and cast members Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware and Zachary Quinto.

Cutting to the chase of what helps make AGENT 47 what it is, Aleksander Bach expresses “I think to make this successful whether it’s from a video game, or not, you need a great story, and great characters, and great actors to bring it to life. When you have this and you combine it with great action, then you have a chance to put the puzzle together in a very nice way.”

And oh what a puzzle it is as the story, although simple, has its own emotional complexities as the narrative unveils each character after another on a global journey of uneven footing. Capturing the essence of the franchise as a whole, AGENT 47 exposes a lot of activity that entails lots and lots sequences that may have not only been mentally exhausting for the cast, but without doubt physically.

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As one of the most “physical roles for all of us,” Hannah Ware makes clear when these types of films are in production, it’s a go without looking back. “I think when you’re amassed in the story you’re not thinking are we doing anything different in terms of what’s going on? That’s why I did it and pleased it stands out and that many can appreciate that.” For a lot of the intensity and demand set upon her role of KATIA, a unique side-kick for 47, Ware can be considered a badass in her own right.

With such high demand of physicality, Zachary Quinto (JOHN SMITH) lays his thoughts as well. “Ultimately, it’s about taking care of yourself. We all trained a fair amount before we got to Berlin, and then we continued training through production. I think that that was a key element to make sure that you’re on top of it. You’re honing your skills and challenging yourself every day.”

At levels that would demand catering to a lot of what AGENT 47 is all about, the flick’s string-of-cynical-consciousness is without doubt its titled lead. Rupert Friend’s approach in capturing thee hitman (himself) come off well with an emotionless grin, piercing stare, and unbreakable courage.

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“I went on a killing spree” Friend jokes when I asked about tapping into his dark psyche in order to prep for the role.

As a common denominator question pertaining to his role as 47, he expresses not being sure when asked “What is it about you and people who kill people for money?”

“The world that we’re lucky enough to work in is a world of wonderful make believe, and when you’re really given an opportunity to stretch your imagination as we were, it tests the most limitless muscle we have as creative people which is can you imagine it? And if the answer is yes, can you then do it?”

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Based on the push HITMANT: AGENT 47 is getting, my Leo senses tell me Fox may be aiming at starting a franchise. Running parallel to its inspired video game, it remains to be seen. But off the bat, I can tell you this flick has an it-factor that makes it fun to watch for what it is and what it presents. At a quick run of an hour-and-twenty-five minutes, whether it’s a summer blockbuster or not remain to be seen, but it was one of the most entertaining – and seriously a hell of a lot more than FANTASTIC FOUR! (The actual would have, should have, but wasn’t)


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HITMAN: AGENT 47 | NYC Press Conference – Friday, August 14, 2015
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L to R: Rupert Friend (Agent 47) and Aleksander Bach (Director)
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L to R: Hannah Ware (Katia) and Zachary Quinto (John Smith)



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