FIREFIGHT CLUB[... Free Fire Turned Heads When It Closed the BFI London Film Festival - and with Ben Wheatley Directing, It's Easy to See Why. Stars Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley Tell GEMMA DUNN about the Uncoventional Shoot

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FIREFIGHT CLUB[... Free Fire Turned Heads When It Closed the BFI London Film Festival - and with Ben Wheatley Directing, It's Easy to See Why. Stars Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley Tell GEMMA DUNN about the Uncoventional Shoot


WHEN Ben Wheatley proposed a shoot-out movie that would hark back to such cult classics as Pulp Fiction, the stars came out with guns a-blazing.

Set in Massachusetts in the late-Seventies, Free Fire follows an arms deal gone wrong, when Justine (Brie Larson) brokers a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer), who are selling them a stash of guns.

But in true cinematic style, when shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues. This is where Ben's vision differs, however.

Intrigued by the gulf between accounts of real-life gun battles and how such events are portrayed on the big screen, he set out to portray a more realistic account of gunfire - much to the cast's intrigue.

"What I've heard from some people who have actually been in combat and stuff is that you don't fall down when you get shot - until someone says, 'Hey, you've been shot', and then you look and you go, 'Argh', and then you fall down," explains Armie, 30.

"It's sort of like a Pavlovian response," continues the Californian. "So in this movie, you have people who get hit and they just kind of adrenalise and keep going and they're out of their minds, almost."

"Armie does know a lot about the military stuff, so I kept speaking to him," adds his co-star Sharlto.

"There's things in the movie, like when Vernon asks how much time he has before he bleeds out, where I would constantly go to Armie - he was like my military resource," says the South African, 43. "It was like, 'Dude, if I was bleeding, how long would I have before I died from this wound?', and somehow he knows all of this stuff."

Swapping the derelict film set for a plush hotel, today the duo are on top form - bouncing off one another.

And while both actors are decidedly less Seventies chic - a shirt and jeans is the order of the day - they're quick to share fond memories of their era-specific get-ups.

"Well you know, true style never goes out - it's timeless," Armie begins, in reference to Ord's hipster beard and roll-neck combos. "But YOU had the outfit!" he adds, grinning in his co-star's direction.

"I loved it, man!" agrees Sharlto, reminiscing about his character's dashing tailored blue suit and pink wide-collar shirt. So what, other than the costumes, appealed in the shoot-em-up framework? The director, clearly, was a big draw...

"He's willing to take some bold steps," Armie declares of Wheatley's unique bullet opera.

"It's a pretty daring move to say, 'I'm going to shoot a movie that's pretty much all going to take place in one warehouse and, after about 20 minutes of the movie, there's not going to be much dialogue, there's going to be a big gun fight', says the star who featured opposite Johnny Depp in Disney's extravagant 2013 Lone Ranger reboot. …

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