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After playing a cop in 21 Jump Street, the actor gives the job of de facto Secret Service agent a try in White House Down, which sees Tatum serving as the sole protector of the president in the wake of an attack on the White House.
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To fill out Superman's formfitting costume in Man of Steel, Cavill adapted an intense fitness routine that left his childhood nickname, Fat Cavill, in the dust. "They'd get me up at the crack of dawn, and we'd go to work in this tiny gym at the bottom of the very cheap motel we were staying in," he told Details of working out while simultaneously shooting in Plano, Ill. "We'd go for an hour, an hour and a half, and then we'd film all day in 100-degree temperatures."
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When a pandemic that turns humans into zombies begins taking over the globe, Pitt leaps into action as United Nations employee Gerry Lane in World War Z, a book he championed to adapt for the big screen. "We've got a monster film, it's epic, scary as hell and I guarantee it's the most intense thing you will see all summer," he told attendees at a May screening.
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ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.
It may be his fourth go-around as Tony Stark, but Iron Man 3 ups the ante for the Oscar nominee, who finds himself battling legendary comic book villain the Mandarin, a terrorist responsible for multiple bombings in the U.S. and hell-bent on destroying the country.
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Diesel's Dom Torreto is more indestructible than ever in Fast amp Furious 6, which sees the action star driving at the franchise's signature breakneck speeds in order to help former foe Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) apprehend a criminal and reunite with lost lady love Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). "Him getting this information that she's alive obviously rocks him to his core," Diesel told Entertainment Weekly. "It throws a wrench on Dom's perception of reality in many ways."
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Portraying Captain James T. Kirk of the Enterprise, Pine's on-screen alter ego is tasked with capturing a rogue Starfleet agent responsible for a bombing in London in Star Trek Into Darkness – a task he hesitantly embarks on while grappling with his leadership abilities. "He's not a caped crusader. He's not Batman, he's not Green Lantern, he's not Superman," Pine told Nerdist.com. "He's just a man going through a major existential crisis about his identity."
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ARMIE HAMMER & JOHNNY DEPP
Bringing the popular 1950s TV show to the silver screen, Hammer and Depp team up to bring justice to the Old West as outlaws on a mission. "The whole reason I wanted to play Tonto is to try to [mess] around with the stereotype of the American Indian that has been laid out through … the history of cinema," Depp told Entertainment Weekly. "Especially Tonto as the sidekick, The Lone Ranger's assistant. As you'll see, it's most definitely not that."
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As mega-monsters rise from beneath the Pacific Ocean, humanity's only weapon involves building massive robots piloted by military members to do battle with the creatures at sea in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. Commanding officer Elba, who plays Marshal Stacker Pentecost, is in charge of ensuring success. "Godzilla would throw out the wrong sort of image, I think. We are talking about some big MF-ers," Elba told MTV.
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Jackman re-sharpens his Adamantium claws – and again loses his shirt – for sequel The Wolverine, which finds the onetime X-Men member in Japan and in possible possession of a mutant cure. "There is this thing with Wolverine of being part animal, part human and that internal battle with him. This sort of animalistic, berserker rage against the more reasoned, human, analytical brain," he told Entertainment Weekly. "I want to see him, as you do in this, at his most vulnerable, at his lowest point. I want to see what it takes for him to rise out of that."