Dylan O’Brien and Shiva Negar in AMERICAN ASSASSIN to be released by CBS Films and Lionsgate. Ph: Christian Black

Dylan O’Brien Learns From Michael Keaton With ‘American Assassin’ Journey

Late writer Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series is getting the cinematic treatment with American Assassin, as Dylan O’Brien is front and center as the vengeful CIA black ops recruit who understandably can’t shake a past tragedy.

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During the interviews for American Assassin, Dylan O’Brien discussed the hero’s journey of Mitch Rapp.

“He always thinks that the revenge factor or the vengeance will be the answer,” said O’Brien. “And that will ultimately be what heals him. I think a big thing for me over the course of the film with the arc of this character is he has, at some point, decide or to learn about himself is that this thing he went through – it’s never going to leave him. It will always be a part of him.”

For the audio version of O’Brien’s complete answer on his character, check out the clip below (he mentions AA director Michael Cuesta in the sound bite:

Michael Keaton plays Stan Hurley, Rapp’s tough as nails mentor, and O’Brien definitely learned from his collaboration with this Oscar nominated actor:

American Assassin opens nationwide September 15. Since the review embargo is the week of its release, and the next CinemAddicts episode will be posted on September 1st, I can’t actually review the film (but I will throw in a few comments during the episode!).

Leave us a comment below and share your thoughts on American Assassin – definitely want to hear your thoughts on this one or, for that matter, comments on the Teen Wolf series or The Maze Runner films (I haven’t seen either!)

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Greg Srisavasdi

I've been a movie reviewer/interview since 1991 (as a UCLA Daily Bruin scribe), worked at Westwood One, Deepest Dream owner, co-editor of Hollywood Outbreak, podcast co-host of "CinemAddicts" and "Matt and Greg Used To Interview Movie Stars." I can be reached at editor@deepestdream.com for inquiries or whatever the case may be!

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