‘Bodyguard’ Creator Jed Mercurio Is “Optimistic” About Second Season Of BBC/Netflix Terror Thriller – INTV

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Golden Globes: Alfonso Cuarón Defends Netflix, Glenn Close Discusses Her Mom and 9 More Things You Didn’t See On TV

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Streaming giants had a big night at the Golden Globes on Sunday, as Netflix won for “The Kominsky Method” and “Roma” and Amazon scored with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” And the debate over streaming’s impact on traditional theatrical and broadcast models continued offstage.

Alfonso Cuarón was asked directly whether the success of “Roma” might mean the death of independent film, and Michael Douglas discussed how streaming has allowed actors like himself to bridge the gap between film and TV.

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Michael Douglas is on Team Netflix

Douglas comes from a long line of actors, and he knows all too well that back when TV was a new medium, it was tough for actors to bridge the gap between TV and film. Why pay to see an actor when you could watch for free? Douglas said streaming has given actors the flexibility to do projects they otherwise wouldn’t.

“Streaming has made television much more acceptable to film people,” Douglas said. “A half hour comedy, which can be 25 minutes long, it can be 40 minutes long. You can say whatever you want, there are no commercials. It’s as close as you can get to having a short film.”

So is Alfonso Cuarón

The “Roma” director pushed back hard on a notion that the success of “Roma” might help kill independent cinema. He reacted to a journalist’s notion that now a movie doesn’t need a theatrical viewing window in order to get recognized for awards, and that this will hurt indie distributors of smaller films that get attention from awards.

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Cuarón has long defended Netflix for distributing a foreign language, black-and-white film. Despite its availability on Netflix, “Roma” is still playing theatrically, more than a month after its release. And the director challenged the journalist to look into just how long similar films have hung around in theaters.

“I just hope that the discussion between Netflix and of platforms and theatrical should be over. I think those guys should come together and whatever they’re doing should realize this discussion is hurting cinema,” Cuarón said. He added that the theatrical experience has become “gentrified” with just one specific product, whereas other platforms have welcomed diversity from films and filmmakers.

Mahershala Ali and Octavia Spencer again addressed the “Green Book” backlash

The family of Dr. Don Shirley called the Golden Globe winning “Green Book” “full of lies” and challenged the accuracy of the film and Dr. Shirley’s portrayal. Ali has already addressed this issue, but he and executive producer Octavia Spencer reiterated their thoughts Sunday night.

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“I’m a little troubled that answering that question could cause them any more distress. So what I’d like to say, in lieu of anything direct to the Shirley family, is what it meant to me. It was the first time I saw a person of color with agency,” Spencer said. “So for me it was about the idea that there were people like Don Shirley in the ’60s and we never saw them on film.”

Ali reiterated his past comments and said he wishes the family well, but added, “My job is always the same.”

“Spider-Man” director Peter Ramsey finishes his thought

There were a lot of directors and producers behind the animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and not everyone got a chance to speak as they accepted their Golden Globe for Best Animation feature. Co-director Peter Ramsey was cut off before he finished his thought on why the mixed-race character Miles Morales is so important. But he finished his thought backstage.

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“We all felt deeply the idea that anyone can have this kind of experience. Anyone can share in this kind of myth, this kind of legend, and the story of Miles Morales was a way to crystallize all those ideas into one character,” Ramsey said. “Anyone can wear the mask. Everyone is powerful, everyone is necessary, and we’re all counting on you.”

Richard Madden weighed in on whether he’s been offered James Bond

“They are just rumors,” the actor from “Bodyguard” said. He was a little more optimistic about potentially returning to his character from “Bodyguard.”

“Hopefully he’s going to have some genius ideas,” Madden said of creator Jed Mercurio.

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Ben Whishaw wants to see more gay actors in straight roles

The Golden Globe winner Whishaw for “A Very English Scandal” said there was a time when actors’ personal lives were very hidden, but that now that they’re more public, performers should have more flexibility.

“I’d like to see more gay actors playing straight roles,” he said. “That’s where we should be aiming, I think.”

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Lady Gaga is the real deal

“There ain’t nothing realer than what you’re looking at right now,” Lady Gaga said backstage after “Shallow” won Best Original Song. She pointed out that the “real” side of her isn’t the one on screen but the one who collaborated closely with artists she loves.

Mark Ronson, though, is still starstruck. “I hesitate to use the word genius,” he said. “She’s the master chef, and we’re all just holding up celery. Do you like this, do you like this?”

Chuck Lorre is surprised he won

“The Kominsky Method” mastermind Chuck Lorre took a big pause when he was asked just how long it has been since a show he’s worked on was recognized by a major awards body.

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“Uh…sorry, time’s up. I got a Golden Globe for ‘Roseanne’ in ’91 and for ‘Cybill’ in ’95. So… recently,” he joked. “I’m absolutely stunned, amazed, delighted and grateful, that our work was acknowledged and held up as being worthy, I’m shaken, just overwhelmed.”

Glenn Close gets emotional talking about her mother

In her acceptance speech for “The Wife,” Glenn Close said she thought of her mother. “I’m thinking of my mom, who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life. And in her 80s she said to me, ‘I feel I haven’t accomplished anything.’ And it was so not right.”

Asked backstage to elaborate, Close said, “I understood what she meant.”

“There’s another part of you that has nothing to do with who is in your life and everything to do with what’s in your heart and what’s in your soul and what feeds you and makes you feel you’re giving an important contribution to your life. I’m holding her in my heart, and I’m very moved to get this award for this particular story for her sake.”

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Sandra Oh on that “This is Us” joke

Probably the raciest moment of the evening was a joke as Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh introduced the cast of “This is Us.” Oh said that you’ll need to get out your tissues, not because you might cry, but because you might want to masturbate to all of them.

“All I was thinking about was landing that joke,” Oh said. “It was my last joke of the night. All I’m thinking about is that word, and I’ve got to land it. I thought it was a fantastic, funny, biting line.”

Asked if she would do what she suggested the audience do: “Oh, that’s private. That’s very private,” she said.

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The cast and producers of “Bohemian Rhapsody” dodged questions about Bryan Singer

The departure of director Bryan Singer from “Bohemian Rhapsody” has loomed over the film, despite its awards success, and Best Actor winner Rami Malek and producer Graham King dodged commenting on him.

“There was only one thing we needed to do, and that was celebrate Freddie Mercury,” Malek said. “There is only one Freddie Mercury, and nothing was going to compromise us giving him the love and adulation he deserves.”

“Every single person who worked on this film collaborated and did it out of the passion of the story,” King added.

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The nominees are in for next month’s 76th annual Golden Globes! Yes, Little Monsters: Lady Gaga got a nod. And also yes, Comic-Con dwellers: “Black Panther” has been nominated for Best Movie – Drama.

Find all of the nominees in each of the 25 categories below. “Vice” led the way for film, while “The Assassination of Gianna Versace: American Crime Story” collected the most chances for a trophy on the TV side of the business.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Amy Adams – “Vice”
Claire Foy – “First Man”
Regina King – “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone – “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz – “The Favourite”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin – “The Kominsky Method”
Kieran Culkin – “Succession”
Edgar Ramirez – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Ben Whishaw – “A Very English Scandal”
Henry Winkler – “Barry”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell – “The Good Place”
Candice Bergen – “Murphy Brown”
Alison Brie – “GLOW”
Rachel Brosnahan – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Debra Messing – “Will & Grace”

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Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Alienist” – TNT
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” – FX
“Escape at Dannemora” – Showtime
“Sharp Objects” – HBO
“A Very English Scandal” – Prime Video

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Barry” – HBO
“The Good Place” – NBC
“Kidding” – Showtime
“The Kominsky Method” – Netflix
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Prime Video

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
“A Quiet Place”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Black Panther”
“First Man”
“Mary Poppins Returns”

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams – “Sharp Objects”
Patricia Arquette – “Escape at Dannemora”
Connie Britton – “Dirty John”
Laura Dern – “The Tale”
Regina King – “Seven Seconds”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Bornstein – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Patricia Clarkson – “Sharp Objects”
Penelope Cruz – “The Assassination of Gianna Versace: American Crime Story”
Thandie Newton – “Westworld”
Yvonne Strahovski – “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen – “Who Is America”
Jim Carrey – “Kidding”
Michael Douglas – “The Kominsky Method”
Donald Glover – “Atlanta”
Bill Hader – “Barry”

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas – “Genius: Picasso”
Daniel Bruhl – “The Alienist”
Darren Criss – “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Benedict Cumberbatch – “Patrick Melrose”
Hugh Grant – “A Very English Scandal”

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Capernaum” – Lebanon
“Girl” – Belgium
“Never Look Away” – Germany
“Roma” – Mexico
“Shoplifters” – Japan 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron – “Roma”
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara – “The Favourite”
Barry Jenkins – “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Adam McKay – “Vice”
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly – “Green Book”

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Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“A Star Is Born”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Vice”

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mirai”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close – “The Wife”
Lady Gaga – “A Star Is Born”
Nicole Kidman – “Destroyer”
Melissa McCarthy – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Rosamund Pike – “A Private War”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe – “At Eternity’s Gate”
Lucas Hedges – “Boy Erased”
Rami Malek – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
John David Washington – “BlacKkKlansman”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt – “Mary Poppins Returns”
Olivia Colman – “The Favourite”
Elsie Fisher – “Eighth Grade”
Charlize Theron – “Tully”
Constance Wu – “Crazy Rich Asians”

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Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper – “A Star Is Born”
Alfonso Cuaron – “Roma”
Peter Farrelly – “Green Book”
Spike Lee – “BlacKkK
lansman”
Adam McKay – “Vice”

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Americans” – FX
“Bodyguard” – Netflix
“Homecoming” – Prime Video
“Killing Eve” – BBC America
“Pose” – FX

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe – “Outlander”
Elisabeth Moss – “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sandra Oh – “Killing Eve”
Julia Roberts – “Homecoming”
Keri Russell – “The Americans”

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Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman – “Ozark”
Stephan James – “Homecoming”
Richard Madden – “Bodyguard”
Billy Porter – “Pose”
Matthew Rhys – “The Americans”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale – “Vice”
Lin-Manuel Miranda – “Mary Poppins Returns”
Viggo Mortensen – “Green Book”
Robert Redford – “The Old Man & The Gun”
John C. Reilly – “Stan & Ollie”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali – “Green Book”
Timothee Chalamet – “Beautiful Boy”
Adam Driver – “BlacKkKlansman”
Richard E. Grant – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell – “Vice”

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Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars” – “Black Panther”
“Girl in the Movies” – “Dumplin’”
“Requiem for a Private War” – “A Private War”
“Revelation” – “Boy Erased”
“Shallow” – “A Star Is Born”

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Episode 309, “The Rains of Castamere” — but you already knew that.)

The Lannisters sent their regards to Richard Madden through British GQ Thursday, as the publication shared a video in which they made the “Game of Thrones” alum sit through a viewing of the infamous Red Wedding scene. You know, the one where Madden’s Robb Stark gets murdered — as does his wife, unborn child and mother.

“I think it’s really rude you’ve made me watch this,” Madden says, as he begins to relive the bloody segment from the Season 3 episode, “The Rains of Castamere.”

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He settles in to get through it, something he said was rough the last time he watched it with fellow “GoT” alum Michelle Fairley, who played his mum, Catelyn Stark. “I think we were actually both in tears by the end of it, quite embarrassingly. So let’s hope I don’t cry today,” he said.

Madden doesn’t cry, but he does cringe while rewatching the scene, stopping to offer commentary every now and then. Did you know that the drummer there is Coldplay’s drummer? Hey, that guy there who stabs Robb’s wife Talisa’s pregnant belly was also on Madden’s new Netflix series “Bodyguard”!

The actor recalls how after finishing filming, he had to get right on a plane — fake blood and all.

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“I remember being on this flight back to London covered in fake blood, exhausted and just sobbing very loudly on the plane,” Madden said. “And people looking at me quite strangely, cause it looks like I just murdered someone and got on a flight. Which in fact I hadn’t — I’d been murdered!”

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Netflix’s “Bodyguard” through the finale.)

David Budd needs a break. The lead character played by Richard Madden in BBC’s thriller series “Bodyguard” — which made its way stateside last month with a launch on Netflix — ended the show’s six-episode run totally spent. But you probably would be too if you were a PTSD-plagued war vet turned Specialist Protection Officer for London’s Metropolitan Police Service, tasked with protecting Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) — before she was blown up in a terrorist attack.

Madden told TheWrap in a recent interview that Budd — who finds out in the finale that the person behind all of this was a woman who he underestimated in the first moments of the premiere — deserves to unwind if the show gets renewed for a second season.

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“He’s been through a couple heavy-going months,” Madden told TheWrap, in the video interview above. “Maybe Season 2 is, you know, watching him on vacation not doing anything stressful. It’s a different show all together,” the actor joked.

“I don’t know where we’d take him,” Madden added. “I suppose that’s on [“Bodyguard” creator] Jed [Mercurio’s] brilliant mind. He has a really fascinating mind, so I’m keen to see what surprises he’d give us for David’s next move.”

In all seriousness, if there is a Season 2, the “Game of Thrones” alum said he’s down.

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“I’m excited to see what ideas Jed’s got,” Madden said. “It was never our intention to do more than one. So just the fact that, you know, we’re talking about it is all kind of a new thing to me. So I’m going to meet up with Jed in a few weeks and see what thoughts he’s got on what happens with David Budd in the future.”

Watch the full interview above, in which Madden also discusses his upcoming Elton John biopic,”Rocketman,” and gives his thoughts on the final season of “Game of Thrones.”

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(Spoilers ahead for the ending of the Netflix series “Bodyguard”)

There’s a lot to unravel once you reach the end of “Bodyguard,” the new series starring “Game of Thrones” alum Richard Madden. It’s a series full of red herrings and other robust misdirections, and by the time it’s all over your head very well may be spinning as you try to put together all the pieces of this thing. As you try to parse what in the hell just happened.

Don’t worry, because we’re here to help you pick through the madness and see the full picture of this series of conspiracies. It’s actually not all that complicated overall, but the way the show doles out info it can feel like way more of a convoluted mess than it really is. Like real life, “Bodyguard” is not a clean and straightforward story.

When all is said and done, who looked throughout the show like one big conspiracy is actually three unrelated ones. Sure, they may all be centered on British home secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes), but the three plots are completely separate from each other and in fact have opposing goals. They were not, however, in direct conflict with each other. David Budd, the main character, just had the bad fortune to be caught in between them.

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The first conspiracy, the one that the second half of the six-episode run is primarily concerned with, is Montague’s assassination during a speech in which she’s defending her new security bill, RIPA 18. That bill is at the heart of everything going on here — it’s a draconian bill that intends to grant increased powers to domestic law enforcement to crack down on illegal immigration and other crime in the wake of an attempted train bombing.

That bill is why Montague was assassinated, but she wasn’t not, of course, killed by civil liberties activists. Instead, she was assassinated by members of a London crime syndicate which felt threatened by the bill.

The main characters ultimately responsible for Montague’s death are: Luke Aikens (Matt Stokoe), the head of that crime syndicate; Lorraine Craddock (Pippa Haywood), a chief superintendent in the Metropolitan police and Budd’s boss; and Nadia Ali (Anjli Mohindra), the woman who wore the suicide vest on the train in the opening sequence of the series.

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That’s it! All those machinations by government folks was a totally different thing, and those people had nothing to do with Montague’s murder. But they did have their own plot going, which we’ll get to in a moment.

Aikens’ syndicate was specifically concerned about provisions in the bill that would grant the Security Service, better known to us as MI5, increased power to go after organized crime. The problem for Aikens was that while he had police officers in his pocket, like Craddock, the Security Service was much more difficult to penetrate. So that shifting of law enforcement powers would be a major threat to his organization.

For Nadia, who is an Islamic terrorist, the partnership with Aikens was one of convenience. Her group got paid and could thus continue to do their thing while also taking credit for any violence carried out with their devices, and Aikens got to throw the bombs at targets he chose, such as Montague.

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Craddock, meanwhile, was just a lackey who was on the take. Nothing really complicated with her.

This group was responsible, in one way or another, for five major events: the incident on the train at the beginning, the attempted bombing of the school where Budd’s children attended, the sniper attack involving Budd’s old Army buddy, Montague’s assassination, and that whole thing with Budd getting strapped in a suicide vest of his own in the finale.

The second conspiracy was less murderous but still seemed pretty menacing. This conspiracy was headed by the boss of the Security Service, Stephen Hunter-Dunn (Stuart Bowman), and Montague herself — though obviously she didn’t get to see it play out.

This conspiracy was attempting to use blackmail material against the British prime minister in a power grab of sorts by Montague. Whether she was attempting to actually become prime minister herself or just the power behind the power is not completely clear. And, in fact, the motivations for the actions taken by each party to this conspiracy are also unclear. But this is what they did:

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Montague, as previously mentioned, was intending to grant the Security Service increased law enforcement powers in the RIPA 18 bill, and was using her discretion as home secretary to get that ball rolling with the attempted terrorist attacks early in the series. The Security Service supported Montague in turn by supplying her with dirt on the prime minister. What’s not clear about this partnership is whether Montague’s support for the Security Service was in exchange for their help with blackmail materials or if they were partners in a more sincere and earnest way. It doesn’t really matter.

Aside from Montague and Hunter-Dunn, the only other major player in this conspiracy was “Richard Longcross” (Michael Shaeffer), the anonymous Security Service agent who operated essentially as their enforcer. These folks did not commit any murders — Nadia fingered Longcross as the man who supplied her with her bomb vest, but she was lying to throw Budd and counter-terrorism officer Louise Rayburn (Nina Toussaint-White) off the trail. And since Hunter-Dunn refused to say whether Longcross was working for him and what he was doing, Longcross inevitably looked incredibly suspicious.

Lastly, the third conspiracy was a response to the second one, and involved other major members of the Conservative party trying to curtail Montague’s ambitions: Rob MacDonald (Paul Ready), Mike Travis (Vincent Franklin) and Roger Penhaligon (Nicholas Gleaves) — Penhaligon is the one who is seen angrily telling Montague to stop doing what she’s doing on multiple occasions. They planned to sabotage Montague’s speech by planting bad info in her speech, and by having Tahir Mahmood (Shubham Saraf), an unwitting accomplice, interrupt her speech to issue corrections.

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Basically, these guys’ whole plan was to try to make Montague look dumb in front of the world in hopes that would slow her roll. It really wasn’t any more complicated than that.

Unfortunately for Mahmood, however, he happened to be standing backstage holding a suspicious briefcase when the bomb that assassinated Montague went off, implicating him briefly as a suicide bomber. But they were not actually involved in any greater plots.

Aside from all that, we have counter-terrorism chief Ann Sampson (Gina McKee) looking suspicious as she tries to figure out why Montague is handing so much responsibility to the Security Service, but ultimately she was not involved in any of these other things.

And that, more or less, is how “Bodyguard” all wraps up.

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