Ian Mckellen (age 71) as Gandalf the White from the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter’s Michael Gambon ( age 69) as Dumbledore are not the only two gray-haired guys who play a major role in creating a box office smash hit!
Our favorite actors are getting old, yet better with age it seems. The new film Red starring both Morgan Freeman (age 73) and Bruce Willis (age 55) depicts that even though these guys technically qualify for AARP benefits, their careers are definitely not over and retirement is not something they have in mind. Fans would not want that anyway, besides what upcoming Hollywood celebs are actually talented enough to replace them?
Most recently Denzel Washington starred in The Book of Eli (2010, grossed about 157,091,511 worldwide) and has an upcoming film called Unstoppable (set to be released on Nov. 12, 2010) in which he actually withdrew on in search for other work. A synopsis of the film would remind audiences The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 but is inspired by an actual event.
Here’s a synopsis of the film Red.
Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis team up for the second time. Their first collaboration was in the 2006 action thriller Lucky Number Slevin alongside our knighted friend Sir Ben Kingsley. In that film Morgan plays as The Boss who is in an ongoing war with The Rabbi (Kingsley) and they both unknowingly hire Mr. Goodkat (Willis) to be their personal assassin. Also starring in this film (which won best film at the Milan International Film Festival) is Josh Hartnett who stars as Slevin Kelevra.
The film Red is very different and does not compare to the twisted mind thriller fans have viewed in the past. This comedy/action film is derived from a DC comic of the same title. In Red, Bruce Willis is Frank Moses, a bored and retired CIA agent who is coming out o retirement for more work. Freeman is Joe who is also coming out of retirement for another job. Ironically enough the two stars are in the age of retirement now, yet still continue to shoot films as if they simply cannot get enough!
Bruce and Morgan completed this comedy film and it is now ready for release on October 15th 2010 directed by Robert Schwentke, director of The Time Travelers Wife in 2009 (unfortunately that is the only film on his resume worth reporting).
Available for viewing in any Miami theater, audiences may want to visit the Miami Lakes theater to watch these to grade A stars rebel against retirement and become the best elderly CIA agents. See sneak peak trailer and slide-show now.
In theaters now at Aventure AMC theaters