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Film / The Matador

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"A hitman and a salesman walk into a bar..."

A 2005 Dark Comedy directed by Richard Shepard that has a hitman (Pierce Brosnan) and a businessman (Greg Kinnear) meeting in a Mexico city bar and develop a strange relationship that will change their lives forever.

The film also stars Hope Davis, Philip Baker Hall, William Raymond, Adam Scott, and Portia Dawson.

It was released on January 2005 at Sundance and December 30, 2005 in the US. This film should not be confused with Matador, a 1986 erotic thriller by Pedro Almodóvar.

Tropes for the film:

  • Camping a Crapper: Julian's favorite theory of assassination. Referred to by Julian as the "Gotta Pee Theory".
  • Hitman with a Heart: Julian is a lonely, damaged hitman who's starting to lose his edge.
  • Professional Killer: Julian Noble is a deconstruction of a James Bond style assassin, played by Brosnan, a former Bond actor. He is handsome, often charming, highly skilled, and a world traveler. However, while on the job he's tacky, lonely, and suffers guilt-induced panic attacks.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: Brosnan on some versions of the film poster and DVD cover.