“It’s very American.”
“Heh heh. F— yeah!”
So ends the second trailer for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” The original, from 2014, was the kind of hit that made money but not enough to necessarily afford a sequel. But it’s been very popular on cable, and its highlights — including that “Freebird”-backed doozy of a massacre — were objectively stunning enough that it got one anyway. And just to make sure number two makes back its budget, which ain’t small, the producers took some precautions. In other words, they came to America.
And the second trailer is as American as a Trump supporter. There’s very little of Colin Firth, last seen being shot in the head, though all he appears to have lost is an eye. After all, they have to squeeze in Channing Tatum, as an American agent who rocks a cowboy hat and shows our reformed chav of a lead — played by the ever sneaky-humored Taron Egerton — how Murricans blow things up real good. Or even better than they did in “Kingsman,” which was both proudly English and a lot more explode-y and violent and fun than any American movie these days. Without the “Kingsman” movies, teenage boys wouldn’t even know the glories of the R-rating.
The cast is red, white and blue, too. We see a bit of Halle Berry, and not too much of Julianne Moore, who appears to be a perky villain who kicks the trailer off by sending a bomb to ignite Kingsman HQ. We see a trace of Jeff Bridges, who runs the American Kingsmen (or whatever they’re called).
And then there’s poor Pedro Pascal. While all of the big names get big introductions, the “Game of Thrones” and “Narcos” actor does not. That’s because he’s no name. And yet the trailer certainly gets a lot of mileage out of him. He’s another cowboy American agent, and he wields a magic lasso that can slice baddies in half. (Take that, Wonder Woman.) We’re betting on this right now: Pedro Pascal steals “Kingsman 2.”
The film is out on Sept. 22. Watch the new trailer below: