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SYNOPSIS TO THE MOVIE: AMERICAN ASSASSIN



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CBS FILMS
DB PICTURES
CAST
DYLAN O’BRIEN ACTED AS MITCH RAPP; MICHAEL KEATON ACTED AS STAN HURLEY
SANAA LATHAN ACTED AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR IRENE KENNEDY; SHIVA NEGAR ACTED AS ANNIKA OGDEN; TAYLOR KITSCH ACTED AS “GHOST” (RONNIE); DAVID SUCHET ACTED AS DIRECTOR THOMAS STANSFIELD; NAVID NEGAHBAN ACTED AS BEHRUZ; SCOTT ADKINS ACTED AS VICTOR
ALAA SAFI ACTED AS JAVEED; KHALID LAITH ACTED AS SHARIF; MOHAMMAD BAKRI ACTED AS ASHANI; CHARLOTTE VEGA ACTED AS KATRINA HARPER

DURATION: 111 MINUTES
SCREENPLAY: STEPHEN SCHIFF, MICHAEL FINCH, EDWARD ZWICK, MARSHALL HERSKOVITZ

PRODUCERS
LORENZO DI BONAVENTURA, AIDAN ELLIOTT, PIERRE ELLUL, MARCO VALERIO PUGINI, STEPHEN SHAFER, DANIEL M. STILLMAN

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL CUESTA

SYNOPSIS
SYNOPSIS

The movie ‘American Assassin’ is an action packed movie based on a Novel by Vince Flynn. The movie is about Mitch Rapp (DYLAN O’ BRIEN) who at the age of 14 lost his parents in a car accident and also his fiance- Katrina Harper(CHARLOTTE VEGA)on the day he proposed to her. On the said day, some terrorists attacked the beach at Ibiza, Spain, where Dylan was having fun with Katrina. They shot all living souls at the location, but Dylan narrowly escaped death.

Dylan couldn’t save his fiance; they already shot her before he could get to her. This event saddened him for months. 18 months down the line, Dylan was still traumatized about the incident and he was bent on filling his hands with the blood of the terrorists that killed his fiance. Dylan would stop at nothing till they are all dead even if it means joining the CIA to hunt down the terrorists. But will Dylan be able to find those terrorists that killed his fiance? Find out in the plot…

PLOT

PLOT
Mitch Rapp ( DYLAN O’BRIEN) and his fiancé Katrina Harper (CHARLOTTE VEGA) are at the beach in Spain and are having a nice time. Mitch proposes to Katrina and with joy she accepts to marry him. Moments later, some terrorists attack the beach and kill all the people on the beach with their sophisticated weapons. Amidst the killings, both Mitch and his fiance Katrina try to find each other. When they finally find each other, the terrorists shoot at them leaving Katrina dead. The only survival of the day is Mitch Rapp.

18 months after the incident, Mitch is still burning with much fury and he will stop at nothing till he takes the perpetrators down one by one or at a time. Mitch wakes up in his room looking unshaved; apparently, he is still saddened by Katrina’s death and has not created time to look after himself. Mitch with the use of his laptop finds a way to get in contact with the perpetrators. He finally gets across to them and pretends to want to join the group. To confirm Mitch’s devotion to the group, they question him on Islam and Jihad to which he answers.

Mitch goes for training on Martial skills. While training with a certain trainee, the guy mistakenly hits his mouth and Mitch allows his emotions cloud his reasoning, he fights the guy vigorously, almost injuring him. The coach realizes that Mitch constantly does that during training, and then sends him out of the training room.

Mitch goes for training; he crosses the line where all trainees stay thereby endangering his life, this makes him also get thrown out from the training room. Mitch returns home and continues training with so much noise coming from his end. One of his neighbours- Mr Nazir knocks on the door reminding him that it is already late in the evening and he is disturbing. Mitch apologises to the man and locks his door. Mitch picks up a knife and throws it on the head of the terrorist- Mansur responsible for Katrina’s death.

Mitch finally gets an invite to meet face to face with the terrorists headed by Mansur, which gives him an opportunity to kill all of them. Mitch finally locates their place of hiding. They tie him up and cover his face. Moments later, they uncover his face and ask him series of questions. While answering their questions, Mitch tries to untie himself in order to attack them all, but he is unable to do that as the U.S Special Forces bombard the place killing all the terrorists. This really infuriates him as he squeals and then uses a knife to stab his fiance’s killer- Mansur repeatedly; even though he is already dead. The U.S forces drag Mitch out telling him that it is all over.

For about 30 days, Mitch has been in the CIA house where Dr. Frain quizzes him about his personal life. Mitch tells him that he lost his parents in a car accident at the age of 14 and also stopped his studies because of disinterest. But obviously the disinterest is because of the death of his fiance. Moments later, Irene kennedy (SANAA LATHAN ), the CIA Deputy Director in charge of counter terrorism offers him a chance to join black operation unit named “Orion”.

Irene lets in that Mitch has been under surveillance for six months. Speaking with the Director Thomas Stansfield (DAVID SUCHET), Irene vouches for Mitch telling Tom that he has gun skills, martial arts skills and so on. But Tom is sceptical about the recruiting Mitch because he feels he is non-compliant, but Irene lets him know that the incident on the beach changed him. Irene reminds Tom that Mitch is the reason they are able to get into Mansur’s cell. Tom reluctantly accepts and tells Irene that Mitch must report to her as well as him.

Mitch is to undergo training under Stan Hurley (MICHAEL KEATON) who also trains other prospective recruits. Irene takes Mitch to Hurley. Hurley quizzes Mitch and is skeptical about him at first sight. Hurley is not certain Mitch will make it through his selection process.

On the training ground, Hurley teaches Mitch and other recruits how to use the knife to slice someone’s throat among others, again Mitch lets emotions cloud his judgment.

Irene and Stansfield are with the ‘Iraninan Chief of General Staff’ and other generals at the embassy of Iran, London. Director Stansfield lets them know that 15 kilos of plutonium went missing during the Russian breach which is enough to build a full scale nuclear weapon.

Mitch, Victor and other recruits are awoken with gun shots in their room. They embark on training; they are to identify and shoot their targets. If they shoot a combatant, they get a point and if they miss, they get a shock and if they shoot a non-combatant, they get a bigger shock. Hurley teases Mitch during training. Mitch sees the face of Mansur and loses focus on his main targets, which makes him get a bigger shock.

Ghost/ Ronnie (TAYLOR KITSCH) is in a vehicle with some men and he eliminates them all and then disappears after intercepting the sale of the nuclear material.

Hurley sees the broadcast on the attack in Poland and immediately identifies the perpetrator as Ghost- a former Navy SEAL and Orion operative believed to have been killed in action

While on another training, Mitch again loses control and this infuriates others. Hurley tells him to learn how to stay in control and advices him and the other recruits never to assume that their target is the only target.

Irene tells Hurley about the breach at the decommissioned Russian Plutonium facility and the 15 kilos that are missing. Meanwhile, Hurley stretches out his hand, showing Irene the picture of Ghost on his phone. Irene is shocked since they all think he is dead. Irene tells Hurley about an arms dealer working out of Turkey – Hamdi Sharrif (KHALID LAITH) and says they should strategize ways to get both of them at the same time. Irene tells Hurley that he will be going to Instabul with Mitch, where they will join Annika Ogden (SHIVA NEGAR ) who is also working for them. Hurley initially is sceptical about taking Mitch along because of his inability to control emotions, but then seeing how much Irene wants him on the team, vows to make him ready for the trip.

Mitch goes to see Hurley in his office and he tells him they are shipping out. Hurley also plays a video on the terrorists attack on the beach the day Mitch and Katrina were attacked; this doesn’t go down well with Mitch. This brings back sad memories for him. Mitch is infuriated and attacks Hurley, but of course Hurley overpowers him. He scolds him for always letting his emotions cloud his judgment and advices him never to take things personal when on a mission.

In Instabul, Hurley, Mitch and Victor (SCOTT ADKINS), meet Annika. While on the move, Hurley tells them about Hamdi Sharif the arms dealer. Both Mitch and Annika are backups while Victor is the one leading. Sharif meets with Ghost. Ghost sights Victor and recognises him as one of Hurley’s men, so he immediately stabs him and he dies. Their initial attempt to knock him down fails. But Mitch goes after him and kills him in his apartment; he then carts away his laptop.

Hurley queries Mitch for disobeying his orders but Mitch explains to him that he only pursued the target and completed his mission. Irene enters and Hurley complains to her about Mitch. But Irene isn’t about to let Mitch go because she sees him as someone that is capable. They both discuss Ghost and how he has all that is needed to build a nuclear weapon. They use the laptop Mitch retrieved from Sharif’s place to get information. The information leads them to Rome.
In Rome, Ghost meets with the generals he is working together with and they talk about the weapon. Ghost tells them that he wants to configure it; he needs a nuclear physicist to craft the nuclear material into a functional nuclear weapon.

Both Mitch and Hurley are together when Mitch asks him about Ghost but Hurley shuns the question and tells him that he doesn’t listen to instructions. Moments later, Irene joins them, giving them information about dead Sharif. Mitch and Annika trail the physicist to his hotel. They get a room next to his. Annika sensing the reason for Mitch’s mood consoles him. Moments later, Ghost and his men attack their room and capture both of them. Ghost while torturing them ask about the whereabout of Hurley, but they ignore him. Hurley enters the room to save both Mitch and Annika, room but ghost jumps out of the window.

Hurley captures the physicist and asks him where they are building the bomb, but he says he has no idea that it is the money he collected. Mitch again faces Hurley demanding to know why Ghost is after him, but he shuns him.
While Mitch is cleaning himself up, Annika offers to help. While helping, she says they will search for ghost, this makes Mitch conclude that she is working with the Iranian intelligence. He almost kills her.

Hurley leaves the location they are in with the intention to locate an Iranian contact- Annika’s handler- Azad Ashani. (MOHAMMAD BAKRI). Azad tells Hurley that the men that hired the mercenary Ghost are Genral Rostami, the military chief of staff, the defence minister- Behruz (NAVID NEGAHBAN). He tells Hurley that they are angry about the nuclear treaty they made with them. Azad tells Hurley that they have been trying to acquire nuclear material for the past two years. He reveals to him that Ghost and his team are building the weapon in Rome. Moments later, Ghost kills Azad from a distance and then shoots Hurley after which he captures him

Irene enters the room asking Mitch about Hurley’s whereabouts, but Mitch instead asks her about Ghost, but she shuns him. Meanwhile, Irene gives her men order to decrypt and scan Annika’s phone. Ben gives Irene the information that the local PD pulled Azad’s body from the harbour.

Some agents are taking Annika away. Mitch goes after the men and intercepts the car. He saves her and tells her that her handler is dead and that he needs her help to find Hurley. She tells him that she works for the mainstream Iranian group who want to stop the tyrants from acquiring nuclear material.

Finally, Mitch and Annika both locate the place Ghost is using to build the nuclear device. Ghost keeps torturing Hurley, demanding to know the whereabouts of the rest of his team, but he shuns him. Ghost removes his nails. Finally, Mitch sees Hurley and frees him. Ghost kills the generals and captures Annika, but she kills herself with “Ghost’s” gun, Ghost then runs with the bomb

Both Mitch and ghost engage in a fight in a boat and he taunts Mitch about the death of his fiance. Mitch kills ghost later and Hurley tells him to throw the bomb over board afterwhich Mitch joins Hurley in the helicopter, moments later the bomb explodes. Irene thanks Mitch for saving their lives.

While on the beach, Mitch remembers his dead fiance – Katrina and brings out her picture. While Irene meets with the recovering Hurley to check up on him.

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NO ONE STYLES YOU BETTER THAN AYODELE JANE CLOTHING!




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‘NOVEMBER 11’


NOVEMBER 11 is not just a date in the calendar, but something drastic happened on that fateful day; someone’s birthday went sour.

November 11th was Tola’s birthday, and to make that day memorable, his friends (made up of Moshood, Enny, Bella, Ola, Mide) must celebrete him in their usual birthday style; it is called the birthday ritual, which means pouring a bucket of water, beating and doing all sorts to the celebrant.

On Tola’s birthday as they were performing his birthday ritual, he ran away from them and they chased after him. While chasing him, Tola tripped and hits his head on a stone. His friends secretly go and bury him without letting his family members know what happened to him.

THE STORY

Now, the remaining friends of Tola (Moshood, Enny, Bella, Ola, Mide) are extremely terrified as they noticed that each of them always disappear on their birthdays or they are brutally killed. So, who is behind this killing? Could it be that someone saw them carrying out the evil act, perhaps Tola’s ghost?

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Episode 1 ( 3minutes 44 seconds)

Episode 2 (4 minutes 30 seconds)

Episode 3 (3 minutes 22 seconds)

Episode 4 (4minutes 15 seconds)

Episode 5 (3 minutes 44 seconds)

Episode 6 (3 minutes 18 seconds)

Episode 7 (2 minutes 22 seconds)

Episode 8 (2 minutes)

Episode 9

The story so far

Episode 10 (season finale)

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NOVEMBER 11 MINI SERIES DIRECTED BY BOLAJI HASSAN

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“I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE AN ACTOR BUT I DON’T HAVE THEIR KIND OF FACE” SAYS BOLAJI HASSAN (ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING VIDEO DIRECTORS IN THE COUNTRY)


Bolaji Hassan may not be the face you are familiar with on your screen when you watch movies or music videos, because he is one guy that works behind the camera to give a FirsT-class job. He is the brain behind November 11 series, Ajeromi, Alaanu mi and a host of other videos. He is intelligent, skilled and approachable. In this interview with ‘OGEFASH BLOG’, he tells us how rigorous and rewarding being a video director is. Excerpts

OGEFASH: A BRIEF BACKGROUND ON YOU

BOLAJI HASSAN: My name is Bolaji Hassan. I am a graduate of Sociology at the University of Abuja. I am a film maker

OGEFASH: WHY DID YOU PURSUE A CAREER IN THIS FIELD

BOLAJI HASSAN: All my life, I have always wanted to be an actor but since I’m not a fine boy and I still have much love for the movie industry I decided to find my way in.

OGEFASH: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST BEING A VIDEO DIRECTOR AND HOW REWARDING IS THE JOB

BOLAJI HASSAN: I’m the kind of person that likes to keep to my self. But when I’m at work I get the opportunity to manage and mingle with different people. Concerning the reward the job brings, I was the best director at the 2016 Lagos 48hours film project. I have other few nominations including ‘Abuja film festival’ and ‘AFRIFF’

OGEFASH: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF BEING A VIDEO DIRECTOR AND HOW DO YOU HANDLE CRITICISM ABOUT YOUR WORK?

BOLAJI HASSAN: There was a time when I had to direct two actors that are celebrities. The actors don’t see eye to eye (I wish I could mention names.)

Ninety percent of people that criticize videos and movies don’t know how difficult it is to make a movie. Basically, what I say to them is “No one deliberately makes a bad movie” even the worst movies took time, money and energy to make .

OGEFASH: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE SO FAR AS A VIDEO DIRECTOR

BOLAJI HASSAN: Shooting an entire project with first time actors.

OGEFASH: WHAT IS YOUR BEST WORK SO FAR? WOULD YOU SAY YOU HAVE GOTTEN TO THE PEAK OF YOUR CAREER?

BOLAJI HASSAN: Alaanumi by Lildot (music video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6uZ7goS7O0
I’m yet to get to the peak of my career, I am still learning

OGEFASH: HOW WOULD YOU RATE THE WORKS OF VIDEO DIRECTORS IN NIGERIA COMPARED TO OTHERS OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY?

BOLAJI HASSAN: In Nigeria ROI (return on investment) in any business is not guaranteed, I think that’s why people don’t invest much in movies. So as a director u have to work with what u have.

OGEFASH: HOW DO YOU WORK? WHAT ARE YOUR WORKING HOURS? PERSONAL HOURS? AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DIRECT?

BOLAJI HASSAN: 24/7 back 2 back. It actually depends on what we are shooting; it could be Soap, Music video, Feature film or Short film.

OGEFASH: HOW DO YOU RELAX?

BOLAJI HASSAN: I watch movies or get tipsy (very little alcohol 000.0001)

OGEFASH: HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR CAREER WITH THE FAMILY?

BOLAJI HASSAN: It’s hard but I try

OGEFASH: AS A VIDEO DIRECTOR, WHAT PUTS YOU OFF IN OTHER VIDEOS?

BOLAJI HASSAN: Like I tell people “If you don’t have a story, you have nothing”

OGEFASH: CAN YOU TELL US SOME OF YOUR WORKS AND WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON?

BOLAJI HASSAN: The last semester. November 11, Ajeromi (Wrath of the orisha)

OGEFASH: WHICH BRAND WOULD YOU LIKE TO PARTNER WITH?

BOLAJI HASSAN: Any telecommunication company or record label

OGEFASH: WHO ARE THOSE YOU LOOK UP TO IN THE INDUSTRY?

BOLAJI HASSAN: Director X, Clarence Peter’s

OGEFASH: HOW DO YOU HANDLE THE OPPOSITE SEX THAT ARE ATTRACTED TO YOU?

BOLAJI HASSAN: We handle eachother

OGEFASH: DO YOU MENTOR PEOPLE? HOW CAN THEY CONTACT YOU?

BOLAJI HASSAN: Yes I do
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OGEFASH: HOW DO THOSE INTENDING TO ACT GET TO YOU?

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OGEFASH: ADVICE TO THOSE THAT WANT TO BE VIDEO DIRECTORS?

BOLAJI HASSAN: There is no perfect time. if u are waiting for the perfect time u’ll end up doing nothing

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I WANT TO SPEAK HAUSA TODAY (CLASS 48)

Do you have an Hausa friend or customer, and you feel like surprising them by speaking their language? Ogefash’s blog has got you covered. Put down a word, and we will translate it in Hausa for you. Today’s words…

ENG/HAUSA- GOING- TAFIYA; WORK/AIKI

ENGLISH: I AM GOING TO WORK
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ENGLISH: I AM NOT GOING TO WORK
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STILL ON OMOSEXY’S BIRTHDAY…



Already in the birthday mood!

The screen goddess will be celebrating her 40th birthday with a five day event tagged ‘Omotola4point0’. It will commence Wednesday 7th of February, which is her date of birth, and end Sunday 11th February.

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THROWBACK MOVIE: WINDMILL MASSACRE


“There is always a room for one more sinner”
Now, if you have watched this movie, you will certainly be familiar with the above line.

Some tourists that embarked on a tour seemed to be running away from their heinous pasts, unfortunately they all boarded a vehicle that eventually led them to the Windmill that brought to the fore each of their pasts and killed them for it.

“There was a demon living in the windmill, who was only out for the blood of those that had done wrong. He doesn’t kill innocents or people who are remorseful”

Casts- Charlotte Beaumont as Jennifer, Bart Klever as Abe, Patrick Baladi as Douglas, Ben Batt as Jackson, Fiona Hampton as Ruby, Tanroh Ishida as Takashi,
Adam Thomas Wright as Curt, Noah Taylor as Nicholas, Kenan Raven as Miller Hendrik

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SO, WHO ELSE HAS NOTICED THIS ABOUT MIDE MARTINS ABIODUN?


The beauteous actress Mide Martins Abiodun is one interesting character you will always love to watch on your screen. She is a Yoruba actress, one of the outspoken actors on screen.

She is the daughter of late famous actor Funmi Martins.

Mide is married to actor/producer/director Afeez Owo Abiodun and they currently have two lovely kids

Some of her movies are Ololade, Mosope, ABIKE,Ida, Egan, Obirin Okunkun, Omo oku orun amongst others

One certain role you will not see her act in movies, is a quiescent person. I mean she can really really insult.

She can abuse for Africa, infact, she can abuse for the world, it is like her mouth has this inbuilt insults (lol)

You wouldn’t want to dare her in any of her movies, because the end result will be series of insults, and trust me, you wont win her. As in, the insult just does’t finish in her mouth.
So, who else has noticed this and what film of hers did you watch that made you exclaim “Ah ah’ while/after watching

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“I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS TO MEET MICHAEL KEATON” SAYS ACTOR- DYLAN O’ BRIEN

 

American Assassin actor ‘Dylan O’Brien’ in this interview with ‘The Hollywood reporter (THR)’ tells how he moved past his ‘MAZE RUNNER’ injury with his dad’s help, since he was seriously injured while shooting a Maze Runner installment.
The actor tells THR of returning to set with his dad in tow, attempting fight choreography for the first time, his first impression of Micheal Keaton and his career’s new chapter with his younger fans.

Why did you want to play American Assassin’s Mitch Rapp?

I was really taken with it from the start. The whole story immediately felt really strong and emotionally compelling, it always felt so palpable. I had a lot of time to think about this stuff and really build this guy from the ground up, and I really wanted him to have me inside him. (Laughs.) Sorry, thought that was funny. I just want him to be layered with as much realism as I could.

How was it making this movie after your Maze Runner accident?

Yeah, looking back on it, this movie will always mean a lot to me because of that. This was the first thing I did after that happened to me. It was a really hard time that I was going through, and it was definitely difficult to wrap my brain around it and go out and do it, but at this point, I just couldn’t be more thankful that I did. I feel like it was really helpful for me in a lot of ways. It will always be a really personal movie to me. It was huge for me, really. It was like getting back on my feet.

Mitch’s fighting style is mirrored by his heavy emotional backstory. How did you train for that?

This is all very new. I had not done any fight training before, and this was really my first time with fight choreography. I started training with Roger Yuan in L.A. two months before the movie, and he was instrumental in me learning everything from the ground up. He’s a very, very, experienced martial artist and got me familiar with the different styles in the choreography: a lot of ju-jitsu, basic boxing, really working on speed and movement in the gym every day. I’m not a big guy, but it was cool to shape how he handles himself in a fight. The choreography was exhausting, but fun to do. I always wanted it to be me doing it and to be as good as it can be.

What was your toughest scene?
The opening scene, technically, was really difficult. It’s sort of a subjective stitch — you stay with Mitch the whole way through, as the chaos goes on around him, and it’s all blended into one shot. That was a difficult week of work in terms of the heat and the specific camera moves. Everything always had to be perfect. It was really cool, too, because I got to do that sequence with my dad — they roped him in to work on it with us. It was the coolest ever. This movie was the first time we got to work together professionally. I have very vague memories as a kid of going to set sometimes to see him, and seeing him on the set, I thought that was the coolest thing ever. We’d always talked about that ever since I started acting, that one day we’d work together, and it finally happened. And we’d always go for a beer and start rehashing the day, and it couldn’t be cooler. It was just a really special experience — I’ll remember it forever. I’m really thankful. It was just great, the coolest thing you could ask for.

What was your first impression of Michael Keaton?

I was a little nervous to meet him — he was someone who I’d been watching since I was a kid — but all of that was alleviated because he is just this normal person and really down-to-earth guy. He was just shooting the shit with me and immediately made me feel so comfortable. He made me feel equal as an actor with him. That was important because I was able to focus on my work rather than be caught up in any sort of intimidation. He supports you — you can throw anything at him in a scene. He’s a great dude.

This movie has talk of “fake news” and the Iran deal — is it supposed to be political?

I think it operates in that landscape, but no, I wouldn’t say it has an agenda. But it deals with what we’re currently dealing with in the world right now.

Are you open to a sequel?
Yes, I am contractually obligated and open. (Laughs.) Yeah, I definitely signed on. When I signed on for this, I definitely knew there was potential for another and ultimately decided I really loved the character’s story enough to just totally dive in and commit. I guess we’ll see. Those things are really out of my hands and I’d be happy either way, because this movie will always mean a lot to me anyway.

This is a new kind of movie for you. Any message for your fans?

I guess I just want them to come with me. I’ve always had two jobs that I’ve always had to go back to for most of my working career, and now that those have both finished, it’s definitely going to be a new chapter. Going forward, I hope to always do something different, face new challenges and try to get better. I don’t know exactly what the future is gonna hold, but I just know that I’m gonna keep going.

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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