Seventeen days before the release of Den of Thieves, The Ringer’s Chris Ryan boldly declared “We Have Only 17 More Days Till Den of Thieves Comes Out” and asked, “What are you doing to prepare?” He was floored by the promise of an I’ve-got-nothing-to-lose Gerard Butler going toe-to-toe with 50 Cent, Ice Cube’s son, and Pornstache from Orange Is the New Black in what more or less looked like an unsanctioned remake of Heat. Those 17 days have now passed—this past Friday, Den of Thieves officially hit theaters. As we are wont to do upon the release of a big film, we created a survey of questions for the Ringer staff to fill out after seeing Den of Thieves. Here’s the thing, though: Only Chris Ryan filled it out. (In retrospect, we maybe should have seen this coming.) His unrepentant, enthusiastic answers are printed below.
With director Christian Gudegast’s thriller Den of Thieves in theaters this weekend, I recently sat down with Pablo Schreiber for an exclusive video interview. During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about how he got involved in the film, how his work on director Jordan Ross’ Thumper helped him land the gig, what it’s like making a big action movie, if the script changed during production, how the filmmakers really visited the Federal Reserve of Los Angeles and took notes, and more. In addition, he talked about what it’s been like working on Damien Chazelle’s new film First Man and he also reminisced about being part of The Wire.
If you haven’t seen the trailers, Den of Thieves is about a group of elite bank robbers that set out to rob the Los Angeles Branch of the Federal Reserve and some members of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept that are out to stop them. It’s a Los Angeles crime story in the vein of Heat. Den of Thieves also stars Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr, 50 Cent, Maurice Compte, and Sonya Balmores.
Check out what Pablo Schreiber had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by some images from the film.