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In the commentary, the director and producer mention that many of the best lines in the film were improvised by Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
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It was Paula Patton's idea for her to appear topless in an early bedroom scene with Denzel Washington, as she couldn't believe these two characters would redress after making love.
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During the film's development, Vince Vaughn was originally cast as Bobby, and Owen Wilson was originally cast as Stig.
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
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Mark Wahlberg is chewing gum in nearly every scene he is in.
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The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Steven Grant, published by Boom! Comics.
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When Bobby goes into the bank at the beginning of the movie, a woman in a white dress walks out of the bank. A few days later, when they follow Papi's men to the bank, the same woman walks out with same dress on.
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Shipped to theaters under the code name "Duel Action."
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The film's trailer features The Dead Weather's 2010 song "Die by the Drop". This song was previously used in the trailer for Contraband (2012), also starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Baltasar Kormákur.
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The bank robbery takes place in Tangipahoa Parish, Amite, Louisiana.
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The pen Denzel Washington uses in the bank scene was bought by a fan in New York City.
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Mark Wahlberg says assalamualaikum in Four Brothers as well.
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'2 Guns' (2013) & 'Logan' (2017) are both R-Rated comic book movies that filmed in Amite City, Louisiana. Even both filming scenes at the very same hotel where Bobby Trench & Deb have sex which is also where Wolverine met X-23 & Ex-Alkali Transigen nurse (X-23's guardian). It's also noteworthy that not only are they both comic book movies but they're R-Rated comic book movies, which even 6 & 2 years after release in 2019, is rare w/ few & far between releases of such films.
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When Denzel (Bobby) is in the desert and he confronts the two men riding a dune buggy, one of the men suggests that he is Muslim. Then Bobby says "As-Salamu alaykum" Denzel Whasington played Malcolm X, a famous Muslim in 1992's "Malcolm X". The phrase means "Peace be upon you" in Arabic.
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Second collaboration between Mark Wahlberg and Baltasar Kormakur. They also worked on Contraband (2012).
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Bobby's (Denzel Washington's) apartment is on the second floor of an apartment building located at the end of Picayune St. In the central business district of downtown New Orleans. Only one block long the alley like appearance of the street has caused it to be used in many blockbuster movies particularly because the secluded block is easy to close and dress for whatever use necessary. It can be seen in Looper (Bruce Willis' apt.), The Mechanic (w Jason Stathom, and many others.
The same hotel is used for filming in '2 Guns' (2013) & 'Logan' (2017). In '2 Guns' it's called The Aloha Hotel & in 'Logan' it's called The Liberty Hotel (in reference to the canonical events of 'X-Men- (2000) which occurs in both of the new & old timelines in that cinematic universe & how it foreshadows Wolverine meeting X-23 & her guardian there. [Bonus Trivia: This would be considered a meta easter egg in that it simultaneously plays off of Prof. X's deteriorating mental health w/ our real life confusion over the timelines adding to the fun only for it to be revealed in hindsight & easter egg hunting that he not only could've meant Magneto is waiting for them 29 years earlier at the real thing but that X-23 is waiting for them in the present at the relevant hotel w/ the namesake of the 3rd Act setting of the very 1st X-Men film.]
Whilst opening a deposit box at the bank, Bobby (Denzel Washington) jokes about not getting a free toaster and only getting 5% off when opening an account - a clear reference to Spider Man 2 when Aunt May and Peter are unable to open an account but try to get the free toaster advertised.
James Marsden and Mark Wahlberg turned down the role of Johnny Rico in 'Starship Troopers' (1997). Both men would appear in this film together sixteen years later.
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There was only one gun. The illusion that there were two was created in post-production.
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Mark Walhberg also played a U.S Navy SEAL in the film Lone Survivor.
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Trench escapes the Navy base by wearing a Lieutenant Commander's uniform. In Crimson Tide (1995), Denzel Washington played a Navy Lieutenant Commander.
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In the movie trailer to the film there is scene used that is not used in the actual film where Stig (Wahlberg) tells Trench (Washington) that he was "Special Forces." Another version of the scene is used in the movie where Stig does not tell Trench who he actually is. This version may have been changed due to Stig actually being a Navy SEAL, as Special Forces applies to the Army. This scene in particular is the desert scene after their bank heist where Trench reveals to Stig that he is a DEA agent.
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In this movie, Michael Stigman is an undercover Intelligence Specialist with the Navy S.E.A.L.s. Mark Wahlberg portrayed U.S. Marine Corps veteran Bob Lee Swagger in The Shooter (2007).
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2 Guns plot line has some of the elements of the 1973 movie "Charley Varrick" starring Walter Matthau in the title role. Charley Varrick and his bank robbing gang rob a bank, also named Tres Cruces (Tres Cruces Western Fidelity). The take was $765,118, but the bank manager reported the theft of only a few thousand dollars. Charley Varrick realizes the money they took belonged to organized crime, using the bank to harbor illegal funds. Charley tries to return the money to the mob in order to avoid retaliation. In 2 Guns, Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington rob a bank known as Tres Cruces, expecting $3 million in the heist, but actually getting $43.125 million. Bill Paxton's character Earl, tries to get the $43.125 million back from Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in 2 Guns.
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