Joe, Anthony, The Gray Man is available to stream on Netflix. Can you tell us a bit about your new movie?
Anthony Russo: The story is based on a series of books written by Mark Greaney and follows an operative who works for a secret section of the CIA called the Sierra programme, which offers prisoners furlough in exchange for services to the agency.
Joe Russo: And, of course, a problem arises around these activities when our lead character, Ryan Gosling, aka the gray man, is set on a collision course with the lead villain.
In recent years, you have enjoyed huge successes with films about superheroes. So why the spy genre now?
Anthony Russo: Joe and I have been fans of the genre our whole lives. We’ve been looking for an opportunity to do something special with it – and that’s The Gray Man.
What do you think makes your movie so special?
Anthony Russo: What we find most interesting is reinterpreting or subverting a genre, in other words, doing something fresh with it as storytellers. That is a critical part of our filmmaking process. The first thing that grabbed us was the concept of the gray man – a spy’s spy so to speak. Within this world, he is the most invisible, the hardest to find and access. We liked the idea of pushing the concept of a spy to its furthest extreme.