“H e ’ s n o t a m a c h i n e … ” R u p e r t F r i e n d
Were you familiar with the Hitman videogame character?
I played the game to prepare for this. I was just struck by the intelligence of the gameplay: “Don’t pull your gun out. Do it without that. Use stealth. Use cunning. Use disguise.” How have you found doing the action and stunts?
I love it. I said from the beginning, I want to do everything. It’s me unless it’s super dangerous. My first stunt double broke his shoulder being thrown into a wall. So that one I didn’t do [ laughs]. 47 is a bit of a mystery. Does that add to the challenge of creating the character?
Yeah. I was super fascinated by the idea that potentially he’s a little bit of a corrupt clone – the 47th incarnation of this über human had a couple of flaws. He’s not a machine, which is very important to me. It’s not the Terminator. He’s a genetically modified human being. If you could see 47 team up with another videogame character, who would it be?
You’ll see how long it’s been since I’ve played videogames when I say something like Ryu from Street Fighter. But people would talk about who would win: 47 versus Bourne, or 47 versus Bond? The answer is 47, of course [ smiles].
feature film debut