"Excuse me. Uh, who's the...?"
"It's alright. Come in."
"I believe I..."
"Hey Joe, take the lady's coat!"
Music to my ears. And far from straying from his usual milieu with the mixed martial arts angle, Mamet seems to have used it to create another of his shady underworlds where nothing is as it seems. For fans of the man's work, watching this trailer is like settling into a comfy old recliner.
There's some new stuff too -- if you had told me a year ago that Tim Allen would appear in a Mamet film, I'd have laughed in your face, but by the looks of the trailer, he fits right in. The blend of the martial arts world and Hollywood (Chiwetel Ejiofor's protagonist is recruited to be a producer on a movie-within-a-movie) looks like it might be an unusual juggling act for the typically focused screenwriter. And I can't wait to see what Mamet does with something he's never tried before: fight scenes.
Redbelt plays Tribeca on April 25th before rolling out nationwide on May 2nd.