Lamorne Morris thrilled producers kept Kobe Bryant tribute in Bloodshot

Lamorne Morris is thrilled producers agreed to leave a tribute to Kobe Bryant in his new film Bloodshot.In the superhero flick, directed by David S. F. Wilson and starring Vin Diesel as the titular character, Morris takes on the part of Wilfred Wigans….

Lamorne Morris is thrilled producers agreed to leave a tribute to Kobe Bryant in his new film Bloodshot.

In the superhero flick, directed by David S. F. Wilson and starring Vin Diesel as the titular character, Morris takes on the part of Wilfred Wigans.

At one point, Wigans throws a makeshift basketball into a hoop, yelling “Kobe!” as he does so, and while film executives considered cutting the scene following the basketball player’s tragic death at the age of 41 in a helicopter accident in January, the actor is pleased they ultimately decided to keep it.

“I just said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea. I think we should definitely honour Kobe that way, because that is what you do when you shoot a shot,'” he recalled in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Elsewhere in the interview, Morris, known for his seven-season stint on TV comedy New Girl, expressed his desire to explore new territory in Hollywood.

“(I) didn’t want to see what other weird roles I could get based off of New Girl. (I) wanted to go out and attack some other things that could showcase some of my strengths,” the 36-year-old shared.

Morris appeared in 2018 dark comedy Game Night and had a cameo in Jumanji: The Next Level before he started work on Bloodshot.

Looking ahead, the star will soon begin promoting Hulu-backed TV show Woke, which also features the likes of Rose McIver, Katt Williams, Cedric the Entertainer, Sam Richardson, and Tony Hale.

“It’s a pretty cool show with a pretty cool group, and I’m really excited about it,” he added.

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Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot getting early digital release

Vin Diesel’s new movie Bloodshot will be made available for digital purchase next week after the coronavirus cut short its theatrical run.Bosses at Sony Pictures announced that they would be releasing the comic book adaptation on digital early due to t…

Vin Diesel’s new movie Bloodshot will be made available for digital purchase next week after the coronavirus cut short its theatrical run.

Bosses at Sony Pictures announced that they would be releasing the comic book adaptation on digital early due to the global pandemic, which led to the widespread closure of movie theatres around the world just days after Bloodshot was released in cinemas on Friday.

Bloodshot will now be available to purchase on 24 March for $19.99 (£17.30), which will help the studio recoup some of its losses following an expensive marketing campaign and a lacklustre opening weekend, during which it took only $24 million (£20.7 million) against a $45 million (£38.9 million) budget.

“Sony Pictures is firmly committed to theatrical exhibition and we support windowing,” Sony chief Tom Rothman said in a statement on Wednesday. “This is a unique and exceedingly rare circumstance where theaters have been required to close nationwide for the greater good and Bloodshot is abruptly unavailable in any medium.

“Audiences will now have the chance to own Bloodshot right away and see it at home, where we are all spending more time. We are confident that – like other businesses hit hard by the virus – movie theaters will bounce back strongly, and we will be there to support them.”

In the movie, Diesel plays Ray Garrison, a former Marine who is assassinated and then brought back to life as a biotech killing machine by a team of scientists who want to use him as a weapon.

The news comes after it was announced Universal Pictures’ upcoming animated sequel Trolls World Tour will be released on home entertainment and cinemas on 10 April.

The studio is also going to make films which were already released in cinemas, such as horrors The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and period drama Emma, available to rent on-demand from Friday.

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Vin Diesel calls Paul Walker’s final Furious 7 scene ‘best moment in cinematic history’

Vin Diesel considers his final scene with Paul Walker in Furious 7 to be “the best moment in cinematic history”. Walker, who played Brian O’Conner in the action franchise, died in a car crash in 2013 while in the middle of making the 2015 movie. Produ…

Vin Diesel considers his final scene with Paul Walker in Furious 7 to be “the best moment in cinematic history”.

Walker, who played Brian O’Conner in the action franchise, died in a car crash in 2013 while in the middle of making the 2015 movie.

Production was delayed so the script could be rewritten and filming was eventually completed using his brothers as stand-ins, with Walker’s final scene showing him having one last ride with Diesel’s Dominic Toretto before the road splits and they go their separate ways.

In an interview with NME, Diesel shared how he didn’t want to return to the production after the tragedy but was determined to make sure his friend bowed out of the franchise in a classy way.

“I didn’t want anyone to use the tragedy as a story plot,” he said. “It was so important to me… It was a very, very tough moment. But there was some solace in the fact that we were able to protect from the natural whim of a producer or anyone to say, ‘Well now you’re going to go avenge the character,’ and use it as a plot and we were able to do something so beautiful and so classy.

“It might be the best moment in cinematic history. Not just in my career but in cinematic history. Men around the world – everyone was able to cry – but men around the planet for the first time in history were able to cry together.”

He also recalled how movie executives offered him the opportunity to not return to the film as he was “so broken” by Walker’s death.

“I was so reluctant to go back to filming. I just felt like the studio was asking me to go back to a funeral and I was so, so, so, so broken by it,” the 52-year-old admitted.

Furious 7 remains the most successful instalment of the franchise, and is currently the ninth highest-grossing movie of all-time.

Diesel had been gearing up to promote Fast & Furious 9 but the release has been pushed back a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Vin Diesel’s son encouraged him to star in Bloodshot

Vin Diesel’s son convinced him to take on the role of a super soldier in Bloodshot.In the upcoming action feature, the actor plays Ray Garrison, a former Marine who is assassinated and then brought back to life as a biotech killing machine by a team of…

Vin Diesel’s son convinced him to take on the role of a super soldier in Bloodshot.

In the upcoming action feature, the actor plays Ray Garrison, a former Marine who is assassinated and then brought back to life as a biotech killing machine by a team of scientists who want to use him as a weapon.

Speaking to Variety about the project, Diesel revealed that his nine-year-old son Vincent not only encouraged him to accept the role of the Valiant Comics’ character in the blockbuster but was also responsible for him voicing Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

“My kid did it,” he told the publication. “This is the second time… The only two pre-existing characters I’ve ever played – and those of you who know my work, know it’s Groot and Bloodshot. Both of them, in some way, I can attribute to my son.”

Diesel stars in the movie alongside Eiza Gonzalez, Lamorne Morris, and Alex Hernandez. Accordingly, the trio praised the 52-year-old’s approach to filmmaking.

“(He) is one of the coolest dudes. He’s super chill, goofing around all the time. He brings his family to set. The kids did a performance piece for some of the crew,” New Girl star Morris shared. “He throws little parties here and there. His sets are very chill. He’s big on family, so if he’s away filming these movies all the time, he wants to make the set feel like home. That’s how he made everybody feel.”

While Hernandez was quick to commend Diesel for paving the way for “actors of colour” in Hollywood.

“He was nothing but generous to me… and, as another actor of colour, growing up I always thought of (Diesel) as, ‘It’s nice to see that one of us can do this. We’re actually allowed to participate in the Hollywood experience,'” he gushed.

Bloodshot is set to hit cinemas from 11 March.

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Sam Heughan bulking up to challenge new movie co-star Vin Diesel

Outlander star Sam Heughan is working on pumping up his muscles so he won’t be shown up by action man Vin Diesel when they begin filming Bloodshot. The Scottish actor recently joined the cast of the Valiant comics adaptation, in which Vin will play th…

Outlander star Sam Heughan is working on pumping up his muscles so he won’t be shown up by action man Vin Diesel when they begin filming Bloodshot.

The Scottish actor recently joined the cast of the Valiant comics adaptation, in which Vin will play the titular character, also known as Ray Garrison, who is brought back from the dead and turned into a super human with the help of nanotechnology.

Sam reveals he’s been asked to bulk up for the forthcoming movie, so he’s been working hard at the gym to fill out his figure a little more.

“I’m trying to out-Vin Vin, if you know what I mean!” he laughed on morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan. “They (filmmakers) asked me to put on some muscle and I’ve been training so I’m a little bit sore today.”

Luckily, the 38-year-old was already in good shape – something Mila Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher became extremely jealous of while Sam and the actress filmed new comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me in Hungary.

“There’s been plenty of times where Ash and I were driving through Budapest and Sam is just shirtless on a bridge jogging along,” she recently told Entertainment Tonight. “Ash and I were both like, ‘Godd**n, that a**hole, just jogging along with his little six-pack.”

Sam will soon be able to take a mini break from his hardcore Bloodshot preparations as he enjoys a trip back to the U.K., but that doesn’t mean he won’t be staying active.

“I love to go outdoors, I love to go hiking,” he smiled. “I’m actually going back to Scotland for a week next week, so I’m looking forward to going home. It’s such a beautiful country, I’m very lucky.”

Production on Bloodshot is set to begin in August (18), ahead of a 2020 release.

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Toby Kebbell to play another villain in Bloodshot

Actor Toby Kebbell is set to suit up as another supervillain after joining the cast of Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot. The British star will portray Axe opposite Diesel as the titular Valiant comics character, also known as Ray Garrison, who is brought back f…

Actor Toby Kebbell is set to suit up as another supervillain after joining the cast of Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot.

The British star will portray Axe opposite Diesel as the titular Valiant comics character, also known as Ray Garrison, who is brought back from the dead and turned into a super human with the help of nanotechnology.

The movie, directed by Deadpool filmmaker Tim Miller’s longtime sidekick Dave Wilson, will also feature Michael Sheen, Eiza Gonzalez, Talulah Riley, Alex Hernandez, and Sam Heughan.

Producer Neal Moritz has also been brought on board, reuniting with Diesel after they worked together on the Fast and Furious franchise, reports TheWrap.com.

Oscar-nominated Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer has penned the script for Bloodshot, which is due to begin production in July (18).

Kebbell is no stranger to tackling evil roles – he played Victor Von Doom and his alter ego Dr. Doom in the Fantastic Four reboot, which proved to be a huge flop at the box office and was savaged by fans and critics alike.

He previously admitted film roles offered to him temporarily dried up after Fantastic Four hit cinemas in August, 2015.

“As an actor, you’re conscious that your career is at stake with each job, especially on these larger productions,” he explained in an interview in late 2015. “A film like that comes out, and I’m being sent maybe four scripts in a week, and those scripts go to zero when it doesn’t come out successful (sic).”

Kebbell regretted not voicing his opinions on the set of the film, insisting the project would have been better received if he had.

“The fans aren’t wrong,” he said. “The fans want what they want to see and if they don’t get satisfaction, they let you know. I appreciate that as a performer. I don’t know if I learned anything from Doom, apart from, perhaps, when I see something I don’t agree with, to voice that immediately.”

He wasn’t the only cast member upset with the finished product and its poor reviews – Kate Mara couldn’t even bring herself to watch the film, and director Josh Trank attacked his own movie upon its release.

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