A new featurette for Amazon Studios Samaritan reveals the main weakness of Sylvester Stallone’s hero.
A new video released by Amazon explores stunts and action sequences from the upcoming superhero movie. “Samaritan is a bit more grounded in reality than other hero movies,” Stallone said. “It relies on tremendous restraint and temper to do these amazing things, but it’s not bulletproof In keeping with the film’s realism, Stallone also revealed that he made it a point to do most of the stunts in the film himself. action, I like to participate in stunts, because the more realistic it becomes,” he said.
In a January 2021 interview, Samaritan director Julius Avery explained why Stallone was the perfect actor to portray grizzled superhero Joe Smith. In particular, Avery used Stallone’s resume as a major action star in the 80s and 90s as an example. “We didn’t really have superheroes,” he said. “We only had action heroes. And Sly was the closest thing to a superhero. So putting him in a superhero movie? That’s fresh and cool and something that people will love it.”
Samaritan will mark Stallone’s first step into the superhero genre, and Avery previously described the film as a “big event” film and praised both Stallone’s performance and the film’s unique action sequences. “We’re going to see Sly do things he hasn’t done in a long time, and in a really inventive way. He’s 73! I’m amazed at how much he actually does. I’m telling you, the most guys in their twenties couldn’t do what Sly does in this movie.”
Announced in 2019, Samaritan is set in the fictional Granite City and follows a young Sam Cleary, played by Euphoria and The Umbrella Academy star Javon “Wanna” Walton, who believes his lonely neighbor John Smith of Stallone is a vigilante named Samaritan who disappeared 20 years earlier. Following a battle with a villain named Nemesis, Samaritan was believed to be dead. Now Sam will try to convince John Smith to come out of hiding and save Granite City from itself.
Apart from Walton and Stallone, Samaritan will feature Martin Starr, Pilou Asbæk, Dascha Polanco and Moises Arias. Directed by Avery from a screenplay by Bragi F. Schut, Samaritan arrives on Prime Video on August 26, 2022.