Two weeks. A month, tops, in some cases. That’s usually how long in advance we’re informed of any Hollywood press tour heading our way. But five days? That’s probably a first for us when we heard Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, and Garrett Hedlund were coming to the Little Red Dot to promote of their Netflix actioner Triple Frontier. We were told about it on a Monday and they were here on Friday (on International Women's Day).
Stealthy and swift. Just like the characters in Triple Frontier — five Special Forces veterans (Affleck, Hunnam, Hedlund, Oscar Isaac, and Pedro Pascal) use their special skills to steal US$75 million (S$101 mil) from a South American drug cartel (think The Expendables meet Narcos). If you’ve seen the trailer for the JC Chandor-helmed thriller, the heist is a cinch; it’s the getaway that’s a little tricky… logistically and morally.
For Affleck, Hunnam, Hedlund, and producer Chuck Rove, Singapore was their last (-minute) stop in a whirlwind trip that had taken them to LA, New York, Madrid, and Mumbai. Barely hours after arriving here, they were rushed off to a fan event at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, where they gamely dazzled the crowds by signing autographs and taking selfies. If they were jet-lagged, they did a bang-up job hiding it. (Great acting!)
And early next morning, Affleck & co. were holed up in a conference room, fielding questions from curious journos about Triple Frontier. Here are some of the interesting things we heard during the press meet…
Triple Frontier (M18) is now streaming on Netflix.
Photos: Netflix, Ealbert Ho