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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