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Ryan Phillippe tries to bring swagger to USA’s ‘Shooter,’ but it’s mostly a wishy-washy pose

Ryan Phillippe tries to bring swagger to USA’s ‘Shooter,’ but it’s mostly a wishy-washy pose

In “Shooter,” an action-thriller premiering Tuesday on USA, Ryan Phillippe plays Bob Lee Swagger — who is not a televangelist, as his name might suggest. Rather, he is an elite Marine sniper who goes on the lam after being framed in a tangled geopolitical plot. 

Based on the largely forgotten 2007 film starring Mark Wahlberg and the novel “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter, the series (executive produced by Wahlberg) was originally scheduled to debut in July but was postponed following the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, then again after the shooting deaths of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

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