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Design, Shooting and Locations
2 Guns was shot on location in New Mexico and Louisiana, the latter doubling for Texas. Although the actioner was conceived as a Western in the classic sense -- i.e., most of the exteriors were filmed in the wide-open spaces of New Mexico -- much of the intense interaction was captured in and around New Orleans. States Emmett: "We have shot many films in both New Mexico and Louisiana, taking advantage of their tax incentives. We felt that these locations not only could provide beautiful backdrops for 2 Guns, but also help the production's budget."

Discussing his collaboration with production designer Beth Mickle, Kormakur says: "Our vision for finding the balance between a modern film and a Western was in sync from day one."

The director had seen Mickle's fantasy version of Los Angeles in Drive, and he was certain that they would work with one another. The designer recalls: "When we first got together, Balt said he wanted to take that concept to the Southwest and see what we could do with New Mexico for Mexico, and Louisiana for the Texas settings. As reference, we drew upon the naturalistic feel of landscapes portrayed in films like No Country for Old Men and Once Upon a Time in the West, but we wanted to charge up the colors and bring in graphic elements -- play with it and push it a bit more. One of the best things about Balt is that he's always happy to push the envelope."

As well, director of photography Oliver Wood was an early key hire. Wood not only created the realitybased aesthetic featured so prominently in the first three chapters of the Bourne series, he also lensed Washington in Safe House and Wahlberg in The Other Guys. Together, the cinematographer and director decided to let the vistas speak for themselves and go anamorphic. Commends Platt: "Oliver is one of our great creative cinematographers, and he has such an intuitive feel for where to place the camera to best tell the story."

"There's a prestigious look to shooting anamorphic, or wide angle," adds Emmett. "Balt and Oliver were going for the beautiful vistas and incredible close-ups. The location was elemental in telling the story; the fantastic landscape was as much a part of the film as the fantastic actors we were working with."

For the cast's part, there is nothing like getting offstage and going into the world to embody their characters. Sums Patton: "I love it when a film shoots on location. It adds to the authenticity of the project and for you as an actor. Listen, we can act on green screen if we must, but it's more challenging and so fun to be able to come to New Mexico and New Orleans to shoot in these incredible locations. It helps you immerse yourself in a character and in the scene."

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