Gina Carano Discusses the Kissing and Action Scenes of Haywire and Possibly Playing Wonder Woman
01.22.12 by Ryan
Former MMA fighter Gina Carano is making her acting debut this weekend in the action flick Haywire, which sees Carano play a freelance covert operative who is double crossed and seeks revenge. Director Steven Soderbergh has discussed the movie's "realistic" action scenes, which were certainly something she was already familiar with. In an interview with Vulture, Carano admitted that it was the kissing scenes that made her nervous instead of the fighting scenes.
This wasn't in the script originally, but he kissed me! Michael [Fassbender] came up to me, and he said, 'If we're pretending to be husband and wife [for our cover in an operation], I should kiss you.' And I was like, 'Are you kidding?' This is my first day of filming, this is my first kiss of my entire career, and I was like, 'I've never had a kiss on camera before!' My whole mouth, my face was completely shaking, and I was going, 'Oh my god, Oh my god, Oh my god!' But it was nice. It was nice just to be present with him, and he was so genuine, and so beautiful.
Of course, moments later Carano and Fassbender would go from a kiss to a punching, vase-smashing brawl where, Carano says, Fassbender was "slamming me into a wall."
Michael's crazy. We were brutal to each other. He was slamming me into the wall. He slammed my head so hard, I lost it for a second — I went white. And at one point, our knees clashed, he got a limp. And this was the first fight scene we did for the film.
Now that Carano's career as an action-movie star has officially begun, the fighter-actress has been mentioned as a possibility for the role of Wonder Woman, should Warner Bros. ever figure out a way to make one. The idea of playing the Amazonian princess was not one that Carano would reject.
I know! We even had a Wonder Woman reference in the film — did you catch it? One of the cops said something to me like, 'Oh, chill out, Wonder Woman.' And I thought that was so funny. I said to Steven, "You know there's a little rumor about me and Wonder Woman." And he said mischievously, 'Oh, that's interesting.'
Several directors are interested in making a Wonder Woman movie, though few have been as vocal as Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn. In fact, Refn admitted in June of 2010 that he made Drive to prove that he was worthy of making his $200 million extravaganza to Hollywood studios. When Carano was told about Refn's interest in Wonder Woman, her excitement about the possibility was ratcheted up even further.
Ooooh! That's very interesting because Drive, that had such a unique style and music, and I was like, 'I recognize this from somewhere, but where?' And then later I realized it was Cliff Martinez, who had done the score for like 50 Soderbergh movies. So I was like, 'Cool.' I was into it. I would definitely be into working with [Refn]. If they could do a superhero movie in a more realistic fashion where you could actually believe in it, I would be up for that. It could still be playful, but that's what I'm representing — the fighting would be real. More than anything, I would want Wonder Woman to be believable, you know?