[VIDEO] Director Baltasar Kormakur Talks About 2 Guns Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.29.2012
Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg...
In an interview with Collider, director Baltasar Kormakur talked about 2 Guns, which stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Fred Ward and Edward James Olmos. It is based on the Boom! Studios Graphic Novels by Steven Grant.
Here's a synopsis: For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down. When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.
On not knowing it was based on a comic: "It's based on a comic book. I didn't know (that) when it was presented to me. It's kind of a pulpy thriller with a comic element to it. It doesn't take itself too seriously but it's not broad and stupid. It's probably closer to 48 Hours than Bad Boys. Denzel (Washington) plays a DEA undercover and Mark (Wahlberg) plays a Navy Seal undercover and they don't know, and they plan a bank robbery together."
On the film's rating: "On my contract it says 'R'. I'll only do an 'R' if it makes the movie better. If it comes to a place where it doesn't really matter and you have to take out one F-word' or something, that's fine, it doesn't matter. But I'm not going to slice it down to make it soft."
On how the film differs from Contraband: "It relies less on action. I don't mind doing action but I'm more interested in character based work. There's some good action in it but it doesn't go to the extreme in the action. Hopefully there's more fun in the action and not necessarily big explosions."