On August 13, Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, director Aleksander Bach, producers Adrian Askarieh, Alex Young, and Chuck Gordon all gathered at AMC Empire 25 for a special fan screening of their new film “Hitman: Agent 47.” The film was written by Skip Woods and Michael Finch. Of course, atombash.com was on the scene. After the screening, the cast treated guests to a Q&A. “Hitman” tells the story of an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine. This assassin is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research – and forty-six earlier Agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. Read what the cast had to say at the event below:
Q: What was it like directing your first film coming from a commercial background?
Aleksander Bach: To be honest, especially when you create a huge studio picture, it is actually similar like a huge commercial because it is a studio picture and there are a lot of different interests. But of course, they brought me in to bring a vision into display and it is a long journey and it is often a fight but in a good way and it is a creative collaborative work with the people working together and my job is to see if it is the same movie that I wanted to make and it is not easy but it is a beautiful journey and that is why I love my job.
Q: And how was it like working with such talented stars like Rupert, Hannah, and Zachary?
AB: It is great because the ensemble, all the characters and all the actors and actresses, they are so young and were in similar age but they brought so much energy in the project and it was really beautiful and you will feel that on screen, that there is a great energy in this and that is what I love.
Q: And do you plan on continuing on anymore features?
AB: Of course. I am already working on my next one for Lionsgate and it is in a very early stage but we are moving on.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about that movie then?
AB: Yeah, I think I can say that it is an alien sci-fi film, so it is a completely different genre and the reason why it is a completely different genre is because I am just interested in great characters and if there is something that I care for and in this case it is a very emotional story between a human being and an alien and that is all I can say.
Q: What is your favorite thing about your character?
Hannah Ware: Um, oh god, that is a really hard question. I have of fond feelings towards Katia. She has incredible endurance and she is a real trooper, for lack of a better word, and I responded to that and I thought it was really exciting to play a female lead that was in no way victimized and yet she was vulnerable. You never see her as someone who is a victim of her own circumstances and she turn things around and grows throughout the film.
Q: And can you talk a little bit about playing a female lead that is very empowering?
HW: I think it is very exciting because even in hyper realities like “Mad Max,” if you watched it, I thought Charlize Theron did a great job and I thought – before I read reviews I went to see it and I was surprised that the Tom Hardy character wasn’t as central or that she was just as central and she really carried the film, a fighter in her own right and didn’t rely on a man. And I think that those sorts of roles which are more available to women now and are being written at a higher frequency is for the good because it reflects our day and age even if it is in a fantastical world of “Mad Max” or “Agent 47.”
Q: Can you talk about getting into character for your film? Were there any challenges you faced to become this person?
HW: Yeah I think there were a lot. When you meet Katia she has a heightened sense of survival and she sees danger before it happens and so there is this sixth sense which obviously I don’t have and most people don’t and so I had to work out ways in which it would translate for a girl who is seemingly normal, navigating a city thinking she was normal. So there are ways one would carry themselves and so I explored that and even the simple walking and how you place your bag and how you cross the street and really basic things of what you would do to protect yourself from danger before it arrived.
Q: And can you talk about your start in acting and if you ever imagined playing a role like this big of a film?
HW: No, I think it is so hard and there are so many people who don’t work and you are so lucky if you can do work and you can never—it sounds very depressing but you would like to imagine and it is heartbreaking. So you just have to keep battling on and hoping something good comes out of it.
Q: And any upcoming projects you would like to share with us?
HW: No, I am reading some really exciting things but I can’t talk about anything.
Q: What was your favorite scene that you filmed for this movie?
Zachary Quinto: I have spent a lot of time in Berlin over the years, it is one of my favorite cities other than New York and so just being there and utilizing the city and shooting in the Alexanderplatz subway station in the middle of the night and actually being on the train tracks fighting with Rupert was really kind of exhilarating just because I have waited for trains there with friends and coming out of that station over the years when I was visiting people so that was pretty fun.
Q: Can you talk about the favorite thing you liked about your character?
ZQ: I tend to be drawn to characters that are more than what meets the eye. You don’t exactly know what he is up to when you meet him and I like that. But the cool thing about this movie is that you don’t really know what anybody is up to and it is all a little bit nefarious and there is a bit of an edge in that way which I think is cool too.
Q: Were there any challenges in playing a character with such little backstory?
ZQ: It just becomes our own imagination to fill it in and to have conversations with the director and writer for the characters that aren’t explicitly revealed and that is true of most projects.
Q: And anything else coming up that you would like to share?
ZQ: I am shooting “Star Trek” now and I have a Snowden movie coming out in December and I have a bunch of stuff as a producer and I want to do another play.
Q: How did you prepare for this role? Did you play the video games or watch the other movies?
Rupert Friend: Yeah, I played the games a lot and I thought that especially in the later games that they paid attention to the way the guy moved which was very helpful. And there was a lot of martial arts and physical training that I did in New York.
Q: And what were some of your favorite scenes to film?
RF: Well, we were the first people to shoot in the Gardens in the Sky in Nepal which was an honor. I was the first person to shoot a gun in Singapore. Nobody apart from the police had done it and every bullet that we shot had to be picked up and counted so it was very time consuming.
Q: And what was it like working with Hannah and Zachary?
RF: They were great. This film is kind of a cat and mouse film so basically we were all chasing each other at various points in the films so you don’t really get to spend a huge amount of time with each other but the time that we did spend we were pretty much fighting each other so that notwithstanding was great.
The film hits theaters on August 21.