'2 Guns' Director Talks R-Rating And Action Sequences

2 Guns

Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington have finished filming "2 Guns," and director Baltasar Kormakur is currently busy cutting up his director's cut of the movie. It's due in to Universal by Christmas, and he promises that the final product will be as great as we all hope it will be.

"It relies less on action, let's put it that way, which I appreciate. I don’t mind doing action, I can have fun doing action, but I'm more interested in character-based work," Kormakur told Collider of the tone in the film. "There is some good action in it, but it doesn't go to the extreme of action. It's actually, I think, hopefully there is more fun in the action than necessarily big explosions."

The plan is for "2 Guns" to be rated R, and the current cut is around two hours long. Kormakur says the film is a "pulpy thriller with a comic element to it" and promises it won't take itself too seriously, but also won't be "broad and stupid." As for that R-rating, Kormakur swears it won't be because the film is violent for the sake of itself.

"I will only do an R if it makes the movie better," he said. "I'll just make the film I want to make and then I'll just deal the consequences."

In addition to Wahlberg and Washington, "2 Guns" stars James Marsden, Edward James Olmos, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward and Paula Patton. During the interview, Kormakur talked at length about how excited he was to bring together such an impressive ensemble cast, and said he had been working towards directing an actor of Washington's caliber for his entire career.

"2 Guns" is due out on August 16, 2013.

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