The writer of “Gunpowder Milkshake” explains that “I Heart Kittens” BagTheWrap
âGunpowder Milkshakeâ has arrived on Netflix, and Deadpool no longer has the market cornered on hilarious gun bags. Sam (Karen Gillan) will see Deadpool’s Hello Kitty backpack and raise you a bright yellow duffel bag, with a simple “I Heart Kittens” on the side. It was arguably one of the best jokes in the movie, but according to “Gunpowder Milkshake” co-writer and director Navot Papushado, this bag was meant to be more than just a gag.
âWe spent a lot of time creating a color palette and deciding what the colors mean to us,â Papushado told TheWrap. “What would the color blue mean?” Maybe it’s more of The Firm, [the organization Sam works for]. What would the color brown mean? It’s more earthy. What would the color orange mean? He symbolized change. And what would the color yellow mean? And we decided from the start, the color yellow represents death. “
Indeed, Sam certainly caused a lot of deaths with these weapons in his yellow bag. And eagle-eyed viewers will also notice that the film’s body bags are yellow as well. But beyond the representation of colors, Papushado also notes that there was a distinct feline element to the story.
âThere’s this big painting of lionesses, a big fresco in the library. It’s the secret door to the basement. We see four lionesses holding a cub, and the cub is Sam, âPapushado reveals. âThe four lionesses are actually the librarians. So there was a big feline and cats theme.
Apparently the reference to the kitten on Sam’s bag was going to pay off even more, but it ended up on the cutting room floor. Papushado won’t go into specifics on how it would have turned out, but he notes that it all boiled down to picky actors.
“I’ll just say there was a nice reward with a kitten at the end of the movie, but the kitten wasn’t very cooperative,” admits Papushado. “He was the cutest thing.”
In the end, however, that cat wasn’t the most important thing for Papushado. What mattered were the women the felines represented and the âfamily foundâ dynamic that they embodied together.
Of course, these women were perhaps even more lovable – even as assassins – because of who played them. Lena Headey and Gillan were the first to join the project, as mother and daughter Scarlet and Sam. The gun merchant librarians arrived later, and even Papushado was amazed at how star-studded the cast got. .
“Who can even dream of having Angela [Bassett], Michelle Yeoh and Carla [Gugino]? They were my top three choices [for the librarians] of course, because I also thought they would work really well together, bringing different elements, different colors, different layers. But when they entered, they brought so much of themselves, and the script just kept evolving. “
Obviously he was right. The combination of these five women led to some undeniably fun banter and hope for a prequel or sequel (which Papushado says conversations are be had around). It was their bond that made “Gunpowder Milkshake” more than just an assassin movie, and allowed it to do exactly what Papushado wanted him to do.
“I admit, it was one of the goals to see how much heart we can breathe [in] an action movie, âhe says.