New action-thriller film "Bullet Train" is on its press tour, and while most people are obsessing over Brad Pitt's outfits, we can't stop thinking about one particular member of the star-studded cast. Alongside Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny, and Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays the role of Tangerine. If you're thinking you've seen him before but you can't quite place where, think back to your teenage years.
Any Brit who grew up in the noughties will instantly recognise Taylor-Johnson as Robbie Jennings in "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging," where he stole the hearts of thousands. Despite the 32-year-old's impressive list of acting roles, including starring in "Kick-Ass" and Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron", it was his 2008 character that earned him heart-throb status.
"Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging", which also starred Georgia Groome (who now has a child with Harry Potter star Rupert Grint), Eleanor Tomlinson from "Poldark", and British comedian Alan Davies, was a real coming-of-age film. As such, Taylor-Johnson's face was plastered on bedroom walls and inside school lockers up and down the nation as he played the love interest. There was a lot of fanfare around the film, and its devotees were disappointed that a sequel was never released, especially considering it was based on Louise Rennison's series of young-adult novels.
Nonetheless, the precious film became a sleepover staple. In unison, we drooled over Taylor-Johnson, his London accent, his bass-playing abilities, and his sweepy fringe. We laughed, cried, and rejoiced when Robbie chose relatable and hilarious Georgia over popular but nasty Lindsay. "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging" is iconic and perfectly captured the zeitgeist of the mid-2000s.
Taylor-Johnson mastered the teenage rom-com in this role, then he went on to win a Golden Globe Award for his supporting role in "Nocturnal Animals" in 2017. He also starred in "Anna Karenina", "Godzilla", "A Million Little Pieces", and "The King's Man". The Buckinghamshire-born star has achieved a lot since his teenage rom-com days. He married director Sam Taylor-Wood, whom he met on the set of "Nowhere Boy" when he was 18, in 2012. The couple now have two daughters and two stepdaughters from Taylor-Wood's previous marriage. Desperate to catch a glimpse of a grown-up Robbie? "Bullet Train" is out in UK cinemas from 3 Aug 2022. Thank you for being such a huge part of our teenage years, Taylor-Johnson. We can't wait to see what you do next.