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How the Bullet Train team made ‘action inside a tube’ exciting for 2 hours

David Leitch, director of the assassin thrill ride Bullet Train, knows that “making action inside a tube” exciting for two hours would be a challenge. By tube, he means his film's set: a series of distinct train cars for his cast of trained killers to play in. As a former stuntman for the likes of Brad Pitt (in Fight Club) and Keanu Reeves (in The Matrix), and now the filmmaker behind such action game-changers as John Wick and Atomic Blonde, Leitch was up for the challenge.

“We found our characters inside of those fight scenes,” says director, sitting down for EW's Around the Table with some of his actors, including Pitt, Brian Tyree Henry, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Bad Bunny “That's why they're entertaining.”

Bullet Train, now in theaters, stars Pitt as Ladybug, an unlucky assassin who's hired to snag a briefcase that's currently in transit aboard a high-speed train in Japan. What seems like a seemingly simple task spirals out of control as Ladybug realizes there are several other assassins on the train, each with a separate agenda.

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