Haywire Proves It's Okay to Hit Like a Girl
01.21.12 by REELZ
Steven Soderbergh's highly anticipated action movie, Haywire, hits theaters this weekend and all the buzz surrounding it reassures viewers it's just as badass as the clips imply. At a recent press conference regarding the movie, Eric Eisenberg of cinemablend.com had the opportunity to sit in and hear what the actors had to say about working with Soderberg and shooting fighting scenes with an actual MMA fighter.
Gina Carano, professional fighter-turned-actress, talked about her "audition process."
My agent called me and he said that this director wanted to meet me, and I didn’t know who he was. I don’t know anything about Hollywood really, still. I’m still learning... We had a four hour lunch and at the end of it he offered me a movie. So, there was no auditioning. I don’t know what that is like yet.
Channing Tatum, no stranger to the action film genre, plays one of the many men Carano beats up and he was more than impressed.
Find a girl that you think can whip my butt and I’ll go to her movie. And then they did. And I wanted to be in the movie, like yes it’s for real. She can really do this stuff. There’s no faking it. She only fakes it, because she has too. It was fun.
Although Carano won Tatum's respect, it wasn't easy for him to hit a girl.
I grow up in the south and you don’t hit women you don’t even cuss at them, yell at them or anything even though people do down there. She had to call me the P-word, basically, to make me hit her. I’ll let you fill that in, you polite sir.
Ewan McGregor found fighting with a girl to be quite different, describing it as "lovely" and more realistic.
I did note that it was a very different experience than the fights I’ve had with other guys, because what’s missing is the bullshit masculine, there’s always an element of that when you’re pretending to fight with another stunt guy or another actor. That was missing and what was left was this great care for each other and working together with that removed. And that was lovely. I thought it was great.
One of the other main men in the flick, Antonio Banderas finally had the opportunity to work with Soderbergh after two other movies didn't work out — Traffic and Che. Of working with Soderbergh he says:
Steven Soderbergh is one of those guys you say yes to sometimes without reading the script... He sent me the script. It was very confusing to me, to tell you the truth, but it was an immediate positive answer to work with him. I don’t regret it for a second. It was great.
Overall, despite their manly reputations, it seems as though the men of Haywire didn't seem to mind having their butt's whooped by a woman.
Seeing the movie this weekend? Let us know what you think about Soderbergh's directing and the hyped-up fighting scenes.