Costner Plays “Daddy”
U.S. Release Date: 2/21/14
What happens to all the secret agents and spies and counterintelligence agents and other heroes when they go home after saving the world? That’s the question which director McG tries to answer via his action movie 3 Days to Kill.
“You never really see James Bond off the clock,” the filmmaker notes.
In the movie – scripted by French filmmaker Luc Besson, the filmmaker behind Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element and La Femme Nikita, and Adi Hasak – Kevin Costner plays Ethan Renner, a veteran CIA agent skilled in espionage, enemy infiltration and terrorism prevention.
However, he must now nail one of the world’s leading terrorists, while looking after his teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) for three days. The latter, it turns out, could be his most terrifying mission yet.
Even though he’s extremely skilled at catching villains, Ethan, you see, knows absolutely nada about teenage culture, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.
“This guy is very analog in a digital world,” says McG. “You have a guy who’s been out in the field with a very very strong sense of duty, and now he’s come home to connect with his daughter. That’s very emotional.”
Aside from loving the storyline, McG just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to shoot in Paris, and especially enjoyed working alongside Besson.
“Luc wrote the script with Adi, and I responded to the mix of styles that the script represents. I liked that challenge of bringing it all together in one cohesive film.”
The Paris shoot, meanwhile, called for a different cultural work flow, but that didn’t stop the director from making the movie he wanted to make.
“The approach to filmmaking, the camera package, the crew, every tractile thing that goes into the experience of making a film is very, very different in France that it is on the United States. I embraced that.”
McG especially wanted Paris to serve as its own character and remind the audience that Ethan is, if you’ll please excuse the cliché, “a fish out of water.”
“I think it is interesting to play somewhere that is so beautiful, perhaps the most beautiful city in the world – yet you’re a foreigner in such a lovely place. And that is indeed Ethan, who is an American cowboy in Paris. He is not of this place, and he is searching for an identity in a place other than his home. He comes to realise that home is defined by where his family is – Paris.”
Studio: Relativity Media
Stars: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard and Connie Nelson
Screenwriters: Luc Besson and Adi Hasak (Based on a story by Luc Besson)
Producers: Marc Libert and Ryan Kavanaugh
Executive Producers: Ron Burkle, Jason Colbeck and Tuckey Tooley
Source: Relativity Media
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