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In this interview conducted for the Herald, I chat to Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson about their new buddy action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard. We also discuss swearing. 

There’s a certain word that Samuel L. Jackson is famous for saying in almost all of his movies. You know the one. It’s a swear word. A pretty bad one. It starts with ‘m’ and rhymes with “otherfucker”.

Midway through their new action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard, co-star Ryan Reynolds’ character angrily denounces Jackson’s character for having ruined this particular swear word through overuse.

It plays out as something of a meta moment in the film, but when Jackson and Reynolds sit down together in a Los Angeles hotel suite for a chat, Reynolds wants to make one thing absolutely clear:

“There’s no human being that’s done more of a service to the word motherfucker than Samuel L. Jackson.”

Reynolds’ proclamation speaks to the wry chemistry between the two A-listers. It more or less carries The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and is also highly evident in person.