Bad Bunny is without a doubt one of the biggest artists around right now. In a short time, he managed to make his mark in the world of reggaeton and Latin Trap and helped solidify his place, as well as the genre’s position in mainstream media. Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio made his small screen debut in the main ring at WWE’s Wrestlemania. He then made his acting debut playing Everardo Arturo “El Kitty” Paez., during the third season of the hit Netflix show “Narcos: Mexico,” which revolved around a new generation of Mexican kingpins in the 1990s called the “Narco Juniors.” But Bad Bunny is making progress. On Wednesday, the trailer for the upcoming “Bullet Train” movie dropped with artist making his big-screen debut in the English-language action flick which stars none other than Brad Pitt.
The film stars Pitt as Ladybug, a skilled assassin aboard a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka who encounters several other professional killers. Pitt engages in brutal fights aboard the various compartments of the train, with his co-stars, including Sandra Bullock, Joel King and Bad Bunny, as they attempt to complete their mission to steal a briefcase.
The trailer shows Bad Bunny displaying several of his full-throttle action stunts during a fight on the train with Pitt as the Bee Gees’ song “Staying Alive” plays in the background. “I’m going to ruin your life like you ruined mine,” Bad Bunny told Pitt after stabbing him in the trailer.
The highly anticipated film is based on the Japanese novel “Maria Beetle” by Kōtarō Isaka and is only slated to hit theaters on July 15.
“Bullet Train” is a big deal and a step in the right direction, not just for the 27-year-old Latin Trap star, but for the entire Latinx community. Bad Bunny openly and shamelessly struggles to speak English. From a now viral video of him recounting a WADA reporter that he didn’t understand what was being asked of him, even blurting out words in Spanish when he just didn’t know how to say it in English.
In the past, having a Latin accent was the butt of many jokes and it was almost shameful. Actors such as Desi Arnaz and Sofia Vergara have had very successful careers playing and exaggerating their accents. While on the other hand, other actresses such as Salma Hayek said they spent years and worked tirelessly trying to neutralize their Latin accents in order to land more roles outside of typical “Latin roles” such as the maid or the criminal.
The Puerto Rican-born superstar, however, may not be fluent in the English language, but he refused to assimilate and didn’t let the language barrier stop him from becoming a highly respected actor. Making his Hollywood debut in a movie starring one of the world’s best-known actors isn’t just a great feat, it’s Bad Bunny once again proving to the world that, regardless of his accent, his The mantra of “YHLQMDLG”, an acronym for Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana (I do whatever I want), still holds true.
Watch the trailer for “Bullet Train” here: