Sometimes in life, all it takes is removing one key ingredient to change the message… in fact, it sometimes completely reverses the original meaning. That’s the case in these great movie still remixes from the blog Thumbs and Ammo, where we are given a collection of shoot’em up moments with one element removed: the guns. Suddenly tough guys like Al Pacino’s Tony Montana in Scarface don’t look so tough… he’s just enthusiastically giving a thumbs-up.
While the main premise of Thumbs and Ammo is to have fun, removing the all-important firearms from the picture gives us a chance to reanalyze the character of each person and perhaps see them in an entirely new light. Some actors fare better than others in this case. Sylvester Stallone in Rambo, for example, ends up looking rather crazed as the invisible recoil and the heat of battle contort his face (or is that just his natural look?). Others are far more nonchalant – Liam Neeson, for example, in Taken 2 making a rather casual looking phone call while giving us the thumbs up. It almost makes sense for him NOT to have a gun.
Regardless of how you want to look at these pictures, they certainly prove one point: “Real tough guys don’t need guns, they just need a positive, can-do attitude.” Find more examples at Thumbs and Ammo.