Exclusive ‘RED 2′ Trailer Has Helen Mirren Embracing Her Bad Side
Helen Mirren in 'RED 2' (Photo: Summit Entertainment)
Helen Mirren has traded in Queen Elizabeth's pearls and corgis for camouflage and a sniper rifle. And according to her director, Dean Parisot, "She actually loves being sort of her own version of an action hero."
Parisot previously directed the now classic sci-fi action comedy "Galaxy Quest," and he gets to show the world just how bad Dame Helen can be in his new film, "RED 2." And to hear him tell it, the esteemed 67-year-old Academy Award-winning actress was fully committed to causing mayhem.
"She actually would train with all the weapons so that she was sure to look incredibly proficient at it," Parisot told Yahoo! Movies in a phone interview this week. "And in some ways she's more proficient than anyone in the movie. She's taking out bad guys left and right in this one."
The film reunites Mirren with the stars of the original "RED," the surprise 2010 hit adapted from the comic book by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. Bruce Willis and John Malkovich also return as former CIA agents considered to be "Retired, Extremely Dangerous" with Mary-Louise Parker back and Willis' squeeze. And this time they're joined by Oscar-winning newcomers Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins.
Watch the exclusive trailer for "RED 2," then read on to find out how much of the fighting, shooting and driving Dame Helen actually did herself. And Parisot explains why "Galaxy Quest" never got a sequel of its own.
So when you see Helen Mirren smash the face of a man half her age, or fire guns out the windows of a careening car, how much of it is actually her? According to Parisot, "She's doing everything herself. She's game for anything." While Mirren might have won her Oscar for playing the unflappable Elizabeth II in "The Queen," the director said she really sank her teeth into this less-than-regal role. "She enjoys this maybe more than anybody. She's just having a great time."
Helen Mirren with guns blazing in 'RED 2' (Photo: Summit Entertainment)
And Mirren wasn't alone in going all-out in the action scenes. Parisot said that the rest of the cast -- Willis (age 58), Malkovich (age 59), and Hopkins (age 75) -- also held their own in the stunt department. "It was kind of shocking," Parisot said. "They're all sort of gung-ho, in terrific shape, and really everything you see is what we're shooting."