RZA’s Nobody Action Movie Playlist!

Exclusive: RZA’s Nobody Action Movie Playlist!

Universal Pictures provided ComingSoon.net with the chance to talk 1:1 with legendary actor/musician and Wu-Tang founder RZA for Ilya Naishuller’s action-thriller Nobody, now playing in theaters and arriving on VOD on April 16. In the film RZA plays Harry Mansell, the badass gun-toting brother of Bob Odenkirk’s Hutch Mansell. Since RZA is a devout action movie fan/director, we decided to ask him for his Nobody action movie playlist, and you can check out his mix below!


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I’m gonna go a little sideways, right? You can choose your Die Hard, but I think the first Die Hard is a great start to enter this whole world of Nobody. Heroes are stronger when they fight back from something. In Die Hard, when Bruce cut his feet, you felt it. Like, “Oh s**t, how are you gonna fight now?” Even the director’s idea to make him barefoot was already a crazy idea. This guy has to go through all this hell with no shoes? Then you look at Bob Odenkirk on that bus… getting thrown OFF that bus… and then when he got back on I was like, “Oh s**t.” My character getting shot in the movie was not in the script. The director came to me and said, “Yeah… we’re thinking of having you get shot.” I was like, “Yeah! It’s a gunfight, somebody’s gotta take something. We’re not invulnerable” 


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I’m gonna throw in Tango & Cash! Because of all the one-liners. Russell & Stallone. It was cool, it was popcorn. It worked, right?


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Something obscure that you might not throw in the pot but you should throw in the pot to pick up on one of the pioneers of multiple, excessive guns… John Woo’s The Killer. [Which RZA has sampled on tracks.] If you can’t find a copy of The Killer you can go for his Hollywood remake which is Face/Off, which doesn’t have the same fun as The Killer.


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You’ve got the part in Nobody where Hutch takes the family down to the basement and he locks them in and he comes up and he’s about to tear everybody up inside that house… it’s reminiscent of what John Wick laid down, but it’s upgraded because that stunt team has been so on fire with their craft. They started with a movie called The Raid 1 & 2 that was just another style of action. Before them it might have been Tony Jaa as the one who made you go, “Oh sh*t” with Ong Bok and those movies, but then John Wick brought it back in a dark way. But Nobody has the “wow” factor and the laugh-out-loud factor. Maybe it has to do with Bob coming from comedy, but it’s the villains too! When he walked into that hospital and threw that chair…


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You gotta throw 48 Hours in the pot. When you think about the black and white culture in films, it hasn’t been as developed as now where you have multiple stars like Jamie Foxx and Denzel and you can keep going down the list. As a kid I had Sidney Poitier or James Earle Jones, but they were never as relatable as Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours. When I was a kid I would go watch a kung-fu movie and it was usually a triple feature. Maybe I would stay to watch the first one twice because I love action. If it’s a regular Hollywood movie I watch it, I’m done and I go home. I saw 48 Hours in a theater, me and my brother, and we sat there and watched it again! That’s how good it was. That thing that really got my adrenaline going was when Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte got into a fight and the fight was kind of even, even though Nick Nolte got that last punch in. But when he walked into that bar… when he walked into that bar and did his thing I don’t think there were any big Hollywood films with that kind of a scene.

We hope you enjoyed RZA’s list! ComingSoon.net also just received this VERY cool package from Universal in honor of the VOD release of Nobody, which you can check out below…

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Bob Odenkirk stars as Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life’s indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody. When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake , is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca, seems to pull only further away. The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch’s long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary —and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again.

Nobody stars Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Connie Nielsen (Zack Snyder’s Justice League), Gage Munroe (The Shack) and Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov (McMafia). It also features Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) and musician-actor RZA (American Gangster).

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Nobody is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry), from a script by Derek Kolstad, the narrative architect of the John Wick franchise. The film is produced by Kelly McCormick and David Leitch, the filmmakers of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Deadpool 2, and Atomic Blonde, for their company 87North, by Braden Aftergood (Hell or High Water, Wind River) for his Eighty Two Films, and by Bob Odenkirk and Marc Provissiero (Hulu’s PEN15) for Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment. The film is executive produced by Derek Kolstad, Marc S. Fischer, and Tobey Maguire.

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