The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a 2017 American action comedy movie directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor, whose script was on the 2011 Black List survey. The movie stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek. Take a look below for 26 more fun and fascinating facts about The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
1. The movie follows a bodyguard who is hired to protect a hitman who has to testify at the International Criminal Court.
2. The Hitman’s Bodyguard has grossed $176 million worldwide.
3. The movie poster showing Ryan Reynolds carrying Samuel L. Jackson is a spoof of the poster for The Bodyguard, where Kevin Costner is carrying Whitney Houston. Even the tag-lines are the same.
4. Contrary to the way it’s portrayed in the movie, Interpol is not a supranational law enforcement agency and has no agents who are able to make arrests. Instead, it’s an international organization that functions as a network of criminal law enforcement agencies from different countries.
5. A video of the movie being filmed in Amsterdam turned up on social media networks showing a car chase. A Porsche Cayenne is shown crashing into a Smart car and pushing it in the water. The video went viral and the story changed to it being a stolen car in a real chase.
6. Samuel L. Jackson spoke 122 expletives throughout the movie.
7. Samuel L. Jackson performed the song “Nobody Gets Out Alive” at the end of the movie.
8. The men’s wristwatch shown in detail at the beginning of the movie, while Michael Bryce is getting dressed, is a Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon 5002P, which has a 2017 price of $1.2 million.
9. The movie was originally intended as a drama but, the script underwent a “frantic” two-week rewrite to be remade into a comedy several weeks prior to filming.
10. The police uniforms, logos and striping on the police cars are all incorrect. This is a discrepancy, but likely not an error. Dutch police has, in recent years, become apprehensive to having its likeness being used by film and television productions. The filmmakers probably had to come up with alternative designs. Even Dutch productions have trouble getting approval.
11. During the trailer, the song “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston from the movie The Bodyguard plays in the background.
12. The Hitman’s Bodyguard reunited Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman for the third time. They previously appeared in True Romance and RoboCop.
13. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is the second collaboration between Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds after Turbo.
14. Jeff Wadlow was going to direct the movie, but left to finish True Memories of an International Assassin.
15. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is the second collaboration between Ryan Reynolds and Gary Oldman after Criminal.
16. Samuel L. Jackson sings the song “Nobody Gets Out Alive” to Ryan Reynolds, In Van Wilder, one of Ryan Reynolds’ key lines is, “Don’t take life too seriously; you’ll never get out alive.”
17. While mocking Ryan Reynolds on his history as a Tripe A Bodyguard, Samuel L. Jackson calls him a Triple X. This is a references to the XXX movies which Samuel L. Jackson appeared in.
18. Over 100 crew personnel worked on both Europe set espionage theme movies Criminal and The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
19. Both Samuel L. Jackson and Joaquim de Almeida were in Tom Clancy movies with Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan. Jackson was in Patriot Games and de Almeida was in Clear and Present Danger.
20. The bar that Sonia Kincaid and Darius Kincaid dance in at the end is, translated into English, the cockroach, which is what Sonia calls Darius affectionately throughout the movie.
22. As Darius Kincaid is escaping by boat, the “Wilhelm Scream” can be heard when Michael Bryce, trying to keep up on a motorcycle, pushes a man off a bicycle into the river.
23. The word “motherfucker” is said a total of 34 times, 22 of which are said by Samuel L. Jackson.
24. Gary Oldman and Tim Roth were originally thought of for the Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega roles in Pulp Fiction. However, these parts went to Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta. Oldman and Jackson later appeared in The Hitman’s Bodyguard together.
25. The Hitman’s Bodyguard reunited Selma Hayek and Joaquim de Almeida, who previously starred together in Desperado.
26. In the 2016 movies Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds talks about Samuel L. Jackson and his role of Nick Fury. A little over a year later, the two actors appear in The Hitman’s Bodyguard together.