Swipe File: First Images From Hangover 3 And Red 2 Vs. Abbey Road, Psycho, Lots Of Other Things

A preview gallery at Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first official images from the third Hangover and second Red films and you can see all of them below.

The Abbey Road reference is obvious but it makes Bradley Cooper into John Lennon, and I’m not entirely sure about that. He’s much more of a Paul, though maybe not as far as this group goes, perhaps I could be convinced.

This second shot is riffing on the encounter with a Highway Patrol Man in Psycho, I’d say.

And here’s the first image from Red 2 and I’m not actually going to supply any supporting images just note that it’s a shot of our heroes walking away from an explosive fire. A comically small one by modern action movie standards but… yeah, I’m not being entirely serious. I suspect they may not be either.

Everybody is wearing some kind of check design. I don’t know if there’s going to be some kind of narrative reason for this or if it’s just a motif for the good guys in this film.

It may also be worth noting that Mary Louise Parker and John Malkovich are in a blue version, Bruce Willis is in red – though red, white and blue seem to be their colours all round.

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