Bullet Train Stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Brian Tyree Henry Reveal The Marvel Movie They Would Like To Appear In Together: “It Could Be Crazy”
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry say it was brotherly love at first sight on the set of Bullet Train.
In Bullet Train, now showing cinemas, Henry, 40, and Taylor-Johnson, 32, portray Lemon and Tangerine, respectively, a pair of fashion-savvy assassins who also go by the moniker The Twins, but — guess what? — they aren’t really twins.
The Twins are among the many hired killers — portrayed by Brad Pitt, Zazie Beetz, and Bad Bunny — onboard a Kyoto-bound shinkansen from Tokyo, where they discover their assignments are related. David Leitch, known for action flicks such as John Wick and Deadpool 2, directed the film.
“We didn’t really need to build the chemistry,” Taylor-Johnson told 8days.sg and other press in a Zoom roundtable from Los Angeles. “We just kind of hit it off — we just became instant friends, a love affair straight away.”
This newly-forged friendship is critical in selling Lemon and Tangerine’s unique bond, the British actor said. “It informed so much of our characters.”
Henry, who’s American and had to play Lemon with an English accent, said, “We want the audience to feel like we were cut from the same cloth or two halves of the same cloth.”
“We want the audience to feel that if they ever get separated, we want the audience to feel that [pain],” the star of the Emmy-winning dramedy Atlanta continued. “[Director] David [Leitch] really looked at our friendship to figure out where to take Lemon and Tangerine.”
Henry reckoned the reason they got along swimmingly is that they both came from “a family of sisters”. “We never had brothers in our lives,” he added. “And when we got the chance to create a brotherhood, we got to put all our brotherhood fantasies into our roles.”
The two three-named actors have something else in common: they are both in sprawling cinematic franchises.
In the MonsterVerse, Taylor-Johnson starred in 2014’s Godzilla while Henry appeared in 2021’s Godzilla vs Kong. And in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Taylor-Johnson played Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and Henry was in last year’s Eternals, as Phastos, one of the titular near-immortal synthetic beings.
Outside the MCU canon, Taylor-Johnson will step into the shoes of the eponymous villain in Kraven the Hunter, another off-shoot of Sony’s mixed-bag Spider-Man Universe (hello, Morbius!), due next year.
“Talk about fate,” Henry said. “It’s all connected!”
That said, wouldn’t it be cool if Taylor-Johnson and Henry team up again in some remote part of Marvel’s multiverse of madness? (Think about it: Quicksilver is alive and kicking in another alternate reality!)
“It could be crazy,” warned Taylor-Johnson.
“I want to explore what if my Marvel character became a villain,” Henry pondered. “We don’t know what happened to Phastos at the end [of Eternals]. I would love to know if he went over to the dark side. Maybe he and Kraven became partners…”
Henry then paused mid-sentence. “First of all, we want the rights to that [story],” he continued, excitedly. “So don’t nobody like come up with that and write it on their own. We want to get in on the ground floor.”
Hey, Kevin Feige, you reading this?
Bullet Train (M18) is now in cinemas. Kraven the Hunter is slated to hit the big screen in January 2023.
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