Trying to stay a day ahead of the devil, this time we’re delving into Gerard Butler’s latest release, the funny, bloody and bullet-strewn B-movie delight that is Copshop.
Butler plays “legendary” Bob Viddick, a hired and highly skilled assassin, though he’s not very Wick-like. Smelling “like the devil's a*****e”, Bob doesn’t see killing as an art. Wick was known for killing three men in a bar with a pencil, Bob Viddick once beat a man to death with the victim’s own severed leg. Effective? Yes. Classy? Not really.
Bob is after a small time crook with big crime aspirations called Teddy (Frank Grillo), as is crazed fellow killer Tony Lamb (Toby Huss) — they meet their match in rookie cop Valerie Young (Alexis Louder) though, over one blood-soaked night in the isolated Nevada desert police precinct.
Joining me to talk about the film is writer and critic Nicola Austin, and we cover a lot in a mere half an hour: our favourite Copshop criminal. My near-miss when it came to Copshop PR gifts. How I found out that Space Dust now means something entirely different to in my youth (do not google. You googled, didn’t you). And, most importantly, the brilliance that is Alexis Louder.
My usual warning: this episode is very spoilery (with a synopsis at the start if you need to recap)