Here's all about the real-life story that inspired Netflix's 'Hit Man'?

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Updated on Jun 11, 2024, 16:02 IST
Here's all about the real-life story that inspired Netflix's 'Hit Man'?

Hit Man, a comedy film on Netflix inspired by real events, tells the story of a philosophy professor's undercover escapades as a fake hit man. Glen Powell stars in the Netflix comedy "Hit Man," offering a hilarious and embellished retelling of a true story. Directed by Richard Linklater, the film takes audiences on a wild ride through the life of Gary Johnson, a seemingly ordinary philosophy professor who finds himself entangled in the world of fake assassinations for the police department in New Orleans.

But What Is The Real Story Behind 'Hit Man'?

Inspiration from True Events: The movie draws its inspiration from a 2001 Texas Monthly article, shedding light on the real-life Gary Johnson. Despite the embellishments, the essence of the story remains rooted in Johnson's unconventional career as a faux hitman.

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Meet Gary Johnson: Johnson, a Vietnam veteran turned sheriff's deputy, led a double life as a part-time teacher and an undercover operative for law enforcement agencies. His unique ability to transform into various personas enabled him to nab over sixty individuals seeking to hire a hitman.

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Fiction Meets Reality In 'Hit Man'

Creative Liberties: While the film takes creative liberties, Johnson's solitary lifestyle, passion for gardening, and knack for disguises mirror reality. However, the portrayal of a romantic entanglement with a client named Madison is purely fictional, adding a dramatic twist to the narrative.

A Departure from Reality: In the movie, Johnson's story takes a darker turn, diverging from the real events where Johnson never carried out any murders and certainly didn't marry a client. The film's ending, though wildly entertaining, deviates significantly from Johnson's actual life.

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Remembering the real Gary Johnson

Untimely Passing: Tragically, Johnson passed away in 2022, before the film's release. Despite attempts to involve him in the movie's production, he remained elusive, demonstrating a nonchalant attitude towards the project.

A Lasting Tribute: While Powell never had the chance to meet Johnson, his portrayal immortalises Johnson's remarkable story for audiences worldwide. The film serves as a fitting tribute to a man whose extraordinary life inspired laughter and intrigue.

"Hit Man" on Netflix delivers a blend of comedy and intrigue, offering a glimpse into the extraordinary life of a man who turned deception into an art form.

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