In 2005, screenwriter Shane Black made his directorial debut with the wonderful Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but years before he directed his first feature, he co-wrote The Nice Guys with Anthony Bagarozzi. The finished film is quite different from the original draft, but the spirit of that script has remained intact throughout the years. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) and Holland March (Ryan Gosling) are still the same flawed and immensely charming duo they first were.
By this point, Black is an old hand at writing buddy films. The writer behind Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and The Last Action Hero has written some of the most memorable on-screen duos of the past 25 years. We’ll see if Healy and March manage to stand the test of time like some of Black’s other characters, but it’s difficult to imagine audiences not sharing Black’s enthusiasm for these two down in the dumps heroes.
The Nice Guys director, who’s affection for Healy and March rings loud and clear in the film, was kind enough to discuss his latest film with us. Below, read our Shane Black interview.
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If there’s one movie I hope is a hit this summer, it’s Shane Black‘s The Nice Guys. While the original buddy detective movie was pegged as a slight underdog going into the summer movie season, it has a lot going for it. Besides starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, there isn’t another movie like The Nice Guys coming out anytime soon. The film, which is currently hovering above a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, is a breath of fresh air from what we typically see this time of year. It’s not driven by set pieces, toy sales, or an attempt to appeal to China. The Nice Guys is a bit anomaly in this day and age, so when you see a film like this come along, you can’t help but to root for it.
Warner Bros. has been getting crafty with the marketing for The Nice Guys. The studio has released videos of Crowe and Gosling in therapy sessions together, but the latest piece of marketing turns the two actors into ’70s Hanna-Barbera style cartoon characters.
Check out The Nice Guys animated below.
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The Nice Guys should make for a nice breath of fresh air this summer. While there are plenty of huge tentpole movies coming out over the next few months, writer-director Shane Black is offering up something a little different, and hopefully that’ll be enough to convince audiences to see Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe unite in this buddy detective picture.
Below, watch the latest The Nice Guys TV spot, which tries to sell you on the Nice Guys Detective Agency.
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