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Free Fire: Brie Larson and cast discuss their new film premiering at TIFF

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Eric Wainwright Sep 09, 2016 8:12 am

Free Fire is a new film from director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High-Rise), that puts a heck of a lot of stars in shoot ’em up style film set in 1970s Boston.

Needless to say, the outfits alone are worth seeing the film for.

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Actors Noah Taylor, Babou Ceesay, director Ben Wheatley, Brie Larson, Sam Riley, Armie Hammer, Michael Smiley, Sharlto Copley and Enzo Cilenti attend the “Free Fire” premiere screening party hosted by Bulleit at Early Mercy on September 8, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Brilliant Consulting)

But Free Fire is like Reservoir Dogs if it had taken place in just one room. There’s backstabbing, a deal gone bad, a hefty supply of suspicious characters, and, by the end, practically as many bullets fired as it took to save Private Ryan.

But when Daily Hive sat down with the cast (excluding Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy) earlier today it was obvious just how much love and humour fell so easily between them. Indeed, the entire interview was essentially a group of friends taking the piss out of one another – in the best way possible. Which led to the question, “How much of the film was actually improved?” To which Brie Larson simply said, “I can’t remember what was script and what is not anymore.”

Sounds like a pretty free and fun set to be on if you ask us.

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Actors Brie Larson and Armie Hammer attend the “Free Fire” premiere screening party hosted by Bulleit at Early Mercy on September 8, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Brilliant Consulting)

But when we asked who would be the most dangerous cast member in real life – that is, who would be the one to walk out of that same room alive – the cast unanimously agreed that Armie Hammer was the one who’d take them all down.

“He can do everything,” Sam Riley added quite matter of factly. “Ping pong, darts, he’s tall, he’s handsome, what a prick.”

And one of those talents also seems to include having a good time, apparently. With his pregnant wife Elizabeth Chambers at his side, Hammer, Larson, the rest of the cast (sans Cillian Murphy), and party goers sipped on Bulleit Bourbon and CIROC signature cocktails at the premiere screening event at Early Mercy last night.

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Actor Armie Hammer and his wife Elizabeth Hammer attend the “Free Fire” premiere screening party hosted by Bulleit at Early Mercy on September 8, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Brilliant Consulting)

And just like Free Fire, partying at TIFF quickly becomes a game of survival.

Luckily, the cast all seemed in fine form today, and perhaps ready to go out and do it all over again. Who knows, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to run into them if you take advantage of so many of Toronto’s bars staying open until 4 am

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Actors Brie Larson and Armie Hammer attend the “Free Fire” premiere screening party hosted by Bulleit at Early Mercy on September 8, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Brilliant Consulting)


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Eric Wainwright
Eric is the Toronto City Editor for Daily Hive and previously the Editor-in-Chief at Notable.ca. He is highly educated. He knows words. He has the best words.

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