Netflix: The Cast of Red Notice on Team Dynamics and Being in a Sandbox Together
Netflix's Red Notice is unapologetically funny (with most of Ryan Reynolds’ smart-alecky, Deadpool-esque one-liners thrown in the direction of one Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson), peppered with plenty of slick action scenes you’ve probably seen in major globetrotting cop-and-robber-type movies.
But is it a “Boooooo..” or a “Boooooomz!” for Red Notice? Let's take a deeper dive into it and also hear from the cast themselves.
Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, and part-produced by Johnson (this is the third Thurber and Johnson film collaboration, after 2016's Central Intelligence and 2018's Skyscraper), Red Notice stars Johnson as John Hartley, an FBI agent who reluctantly teams up with a renowned and notorious art thief Nolan Booth (Reynolds) in order to catch mysterious criminal Sarah Black aka ‘The Bishop’ (Gal Gadot).
The premise is simple: mismatched cop-thief pair Hartley and Booth attempt to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted, ‘The Bishop’. Except, she’s always two steps ahead of them. Cue the cliché sequences.
If anything, Red Notice boasts immense star power (like we said, a former professional wrestler, a DC superhero, and a Marvel superhero) and Gadot is ridiculously good looking, kicking ass in a slinky red evening gown and all that jazz.
Not enough to impress you? You’ll be greeted by the strategically placed twists and turns that add intrigue along the way, enough to bamboozle you and make you go, “Oh, that’s clever!” and keep you hooked. Let's not forget the sexy walk-and-talk dance sequence between 'bad guy' Gadot and 'good guy' Johnson that's practically dripping with chemistry.
Also worth mentioning are the comedic moments. As they all say, timing is everything and Thurber's screenplay pretty much got this down pat, resulting in a flick that's unexpectedly entertaining. But what's a movie without a great cast to complement it? The camaraderie and chemistry between these 'moving parts' were so fully charged and electric, they really couldn't have cast a better team–surprise cameo from a Perfect crooner, included.
When asked about the team's dynamics, Gadot, who's stepping into the shoes of a villain for the first time, says it was due to their tendency to goof around. All. The. Time.
"It was pure fun! The biggest challenge I've had in the movie was not to break takes. And Ryan, oh Ryan, he went for every opportunity to try and break us and we were laughing a lot. It was a lot of fun," she tells Tatler Malaysia.
"Same. I'm guilty of that too as well," Johnson reveals. "Ryan has the ability to not crack and really hold on to the scene and his character in the moment. Gal and I, we can't keep face for long. We just laugh and ruin takes. We've ruined many, many takes!"
It really is the best way to work with friends, get paid, and have fun along the way, and Reynolds agrees: "I got to just kind of jump in the sandbox with some friends I've known for a long time and have fun. And it's not every day that you get to do that." He adds that while it was a challenge shooting Red Notice in a pandemic, being "in that kind of protective sandbox together, all of us friends, that was really special."