(While this story below does not give away plot details, it does describe a post-credit outtake from The Hitman’s Bodyguard. So, for safety sake, we’re calling *Spoiler Alert* on the content below).
Even when filming went way wrong on The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Ryan Reynolds was so right.
The actor, 40, matched wits and exchanged barbed lines playing a protection agent assigned to a notorious hitman (Samuel L. Jackson) in the action comedy which opened Friday.
But one of Reynolds’ best moments is an outtake for a complicated scene that was ruined by a loud, never-ending clock chiming in central Amsterdam where much of the filming took place.
Director Patrick Hughes decided to add the filmed miscue as a post-credits Hitman’s gift.
“That shows Ryan Reynolds for you, so quick and sharp and fast,” said Hughes.
The scene shows Reynolds preparing for the complicated monologue he gives in the camera foreground at an outdoor café in Amsterdam.
Hughes forgot to account for the clock bells from the nearby Rijksmuseum. He yelled “roll cameras” as the museum kicked into full-bell mode.
“For whatever reason, I had never been at the scene at 12 midday. And when it hit 12, that bell really started going off,” said Hughes. And it didn’t stop.
“Poor Ryan was just sitting there, and we’re holding the shot with the background extras in the scene,” said Hughes. “Finally we had to call cut and wait for that bell to stop ringing.”
But during that time, viewers get a great view of Reynolds making impatient faces in character, waiting for the bells to stop. Finally, as he steps away from the camera and mutters, “What, is this the director’s cut?”
It’s just one of the many moments Hughes captured with Reynolds improvising, often along with Jackson.
Thus developed Hughes’ director’s rule: Never stop rolling camera with those two in the frame. “Often you’d get magic and some gold,” said Hughes.
The Hitman’s team did their best to wreak havoc in Amsterdam, with car chases in the Red Light District, explosions and even scenes featuring Jackson zipping down the famed narrow canals in a speed boat.
It made for some odd sights for people emerging from Amsterdam’s infamous cafés after partaking of legal marijuana.
“We would get these wafts of marijuana from these shops and these super-stoned people would walk out of these cafes,” Hughes recalled. “It was like, ‘Holy cow, is that Samuel Jackson in a speedboat getting chased by six SUVs?'”
Hughes felt bad for the summer tourists trying to check out the museums during the filming.
“I apologize to anyone who thought they were going to have a nice holiday in Amsterdam last summer,” said Hughes. “We may have ruined it for them with gunfire, cars, motorbikes, shoot-outs and boat chases. flipping stuff and blowing stuff up.”