McG compares his lead men to Harrison Ford and Steve McQueen on new bromance, This Means War

Posted on 14 February 2012
By Matt Barden
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Director McG’s (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) new spy caper, This Means War, pits two of Hollywood’s hottest new prospects against each other.

Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Tom Hardy (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) play best friends and spies who go all 007 on each other over the affections of love interest, Reese Witherspoon (Cruel Intentions).

The film plays with the stereotypes associated with American spies and English spies, and McG had some very famous characters in mind when shaping the roles:

‘In the film we were going for the archetype of the classic British special agent, naturally James Bond comes to mind.

‘Then the classic American agent, the Ethan Hunt archetype comes to mind with what Tom Cruise has done in the Mission Impossible movies.’

He added that the casting of his two lead men was perfect:

‘When it came to Chris Pine’s character, you needed a rogue, and I wanted someone who was lovable even in the face of supreme self-confidence.

‘To me the greatest example of that is Han Solo.’

‘Tom Hardy is incredible. He has that rough and tumble Steve McQueen thing that he brings.’

They might not have that kind of legendary status just yet, but Hardy will soon be reappearing on screen as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Pine will reprise his role as Capt Kirk in Star Trek 2, so the future looks bright.

This Means War is released 2nd March 2012