There’s certainly nothing new about the idea of a newbie assassin wanting to take out the veteran (Jason Statham’s The Mechanic immediately comes to mind), but it’s seldom been a subject matter that’s been played for laughs. That’s where Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Killing Gunther comes in.
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Not long after Schwarzenegger left politics, he decided to get back into the acting life, choosing — naturally — to embrace the genre that had first turned him into a superstar, action. It began with him banging heads with Sylvester Stallone in The Expendable 2 (2012), going up against a drug lord in The Last Stand (2013), this time co-starring with Stallone in the dopey prison on a boat film Escape Plan (also 2013), trying to take on a more serious role as a DEA agent in Sabotage (2014), made an appearance in that same year’s The Expendables 3, and lived up to his promise is that he would be “bach” in Terminator Genisys (2015). And now there’s Killing Gunther.
The film is written and directed by former Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam. Comingsoon.net describes it as follows: “[It’s] said to follow Gunther, ‘the world’s greatest hitman,’ who comes under friendly fire when a group of international assassins decides that he’s too much of a braggart for his own good and that knock him off once and for all. As they pursue him, however, they find that Gunther’s ‘world’s greatest hitman’ title is not an undeserved one and that the master assassin is ahead of them every step of the way.”
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Also starring in the film are Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan and Paul Brittain, Fresh Off The Boat’s Randall Park and How I Met Your Mother's Cobie Smulders. As for Schwarzenegger, he’s previously enjoyed comedic success in the films Twins (1988), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Junior (1990), and Jingle All The Way (1996). There was also Batman & Robin (1997), but that was an unintentional comedy.
Killing Gunther will be available for streaming on demand beginning September 22nd, and will have a limited theatrical release beginning October 20th.
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