New Photos and Preview Clips From Haywire; Director Steven Soderbergh Talks the "Realistic" Action Scenes
01.08.12 by Ryan
Director Steven Soderbergh has spent his career bouncing from genre to genre, starting his career with the 1989 indie drama Sex, Lies and Videotape, winning a Best Director Oscar for Traffic in 2000, and, most recently, last fall's viral thriller Contagion, to name a few. Soderbergh's latest is the upcoming Haywire, an action flick centered around a freelance covert operative (MMA fighter Gina Carano) who is double crossed and seeks revenge. Soderbergh has admitted that he thought of using Carano in a movie after watching her fight on TV, but in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the director went into more detail about how he came to that decision.
I saw her fight on TV, and saw her interviewed, and thought, given the history of movies being built around real fighters, why shouldn't somebody build a movie around her? She seemed kind of ready-made to do that. She's a natural beauty and a real fighter. I went to talk to her and said, 'Would you be up for this?' She said, 'Yeah, actually, this comes at a good time for me.' There's obviously a risk involved. People know her, but not because of movie stuff. But I feel like this is what movies are for. They did it for Steven Seagal. Why can't we do it for her?
I had also been looking — because I love spy movies — for something in this vein that was set in the world of these private security companies. So when I saw her I thought: I can combine these two things. That's what we ended up doing.
With Carano on board, Soderbergh decided to keep the fight scenes as "realistic" as possible. "No wirework," Soderbergh explained. "Nothing that you couldn't actually do. And as a result, the fights aren't very long, because what we learned is that if you're gonna keep it real, and these people are only doing what they can do, it doesn't drag out for very long."
Evidence of Carano's fighting style is shown in one of three new preview clips from Haywire, the first of which shows Carano chasing a man through the streets of Barcelona.
In the second clip, Kenneth (Ewan McGregor) hands Carano the assignment that will eventually lead to her betrayal.
In the third clip, Carano calls her father (Bill Paxton) so she can deliver a message to McGregor.
There's also several new images released for Haywire, which reveal cast members the Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Angarano, and Michael Douglas, but we'll just share a few more shots of Carano in action."As soon as we started shooting, I thought, 'She looks like she belongs here,'" Soderbergh said of Caraono. "She has that kind of presence and physical grace that you need to have to carry someone's attention in a film." We'll see if Soderbergh's right on Jan. 20th.