Aaron Taylor-Johnson Competing With Nearly a Dozen Actors to Secure 'Bullet Train' Role
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The 'Anna Karenina' actor had to fight hard for his role as British assassin Tangerine in the new feature film which is directed by 'Deadpool 2' helmer and led by Brad Pitt.

AceShowbiz - Aaron Taylor-Johnson had a very stiff competition before landing a role in "Bullet Train". Playing the British assassin Tangerine in the new action-comedy flick, the 32-year-old actor revealed that he had to compete for the part after turning down the chance to work with director David Leitch on "Deadpool 2".

"David Leitch actually asked me to be in 'Deadpool 2' ages ago. So I met him, but I didn't do that," Aaron told The Hollywood Reporter. "So when this came around... he was like, 'Get in line, buddy. There's like ten other actors who want this job, and they've got a bigger name than you do.' "

Aaron picked up a scar from a comedic fight scene with co-star Brad Pitt and was grateful that his character had his own combat style. He explained, "All these characters have their own fighting styles, and I think that's important."

"In a lot of action movies, they all fight as if they've been trained as martial artists, and you just know that some stunt double is doing everything. And I think that's really boring, whereas in this movie, all these characters fight very differently and distinctively."

Aaron continued, "That's when you create the comedy element because you really know who your character is. Fighting in a confined space also adds to that. So Brad and I would just go, 'What if we fight with a packet of crisps and a bottle of sparkling water?' You start to take from the Jackie Chans of the world and the Buster Keatons of the world, and that's what makes a David Leitch movie."

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