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Edward James Olmos Takes Villain Role In ‘2 Guns,’ Starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington

Written by on June 20, 2012 

This is not a casting choice one could deem typical, but, nevertheless, it’s still one I can throw my support behind. Variety informs us that 2 Guns is rounding out its main, impressive lineup with Edward James Olmos, from whom we can all anticipate a villainous turn as the Mexican drug lord Papi Greco. No, not exactly the grandfatherly teacher from Stand and Deliver.

Baltasar Kormákur is directing, while a script from Blake Masters adapts Steven Grant and Mat Santolouco‘s graphic novel. Both, from what I can tell, follow a plot that, right now, sounds needlessly complicated. Read a summary below:

A pulp story about cops and thieves and the men that are something in between. Trench has targeted a local bank to rob, and asked Steadman in on the job. Trench figures it’s a great way to score — considering it’s a cover for mob money. They’ll be thieves ripping off thieves. But what Steadman doesn’t know is that Trench is a DEA agent. And what Trench doesn’t know is that Steadman’s a Naval Intelligence officer. They’re both cops! And neither one knows that they’re not robbing the mob, they’ve been set up to steal $50 million from the CIA!

Fun, though. Again, possibly convoluted and with plenty of rooms for plot holes, but this writer’s a sucker for triple-crossing crime tales that throw everything to see what sticks; with Paula Patton (Ghotocol) playing a DEA agent and Bill Paxton doing his thing as a member of the CIA, the cast in and of itself gives 2 Guns a leg-up over most current action movies. Olmos, a criminally underused talent, should bring more than the smirking jerk with a blood lust to these proceedings.

Does Edward James Olmos serve as a boost in confidence over 2 Guns?

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