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09.30.2009
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You may remember that Steven Soderbergh stunned a lot of people not too long ago with the choice of his lead for his next project, KNOCKOUT. He plucked superhot MMA fighter Gina "Crush" Carano out of the octagon to fill the badass title role, despite her almost complete lack of any acting experience.

Soderbergh recently chatted with Empire about that decision, and just what exactly we can expect from her in KNOCKOUT:

“My feeling was, If I don’t do this, somebody else will,” says the Oscar-winning director. “I felt, somebody is going to look at her and go, ‘She should be in a movie!’ And I felt like, Why shouldn’t I be the person saying that?”

“If you start following the female mma fighters, Gina pops out pretty noticeably,” says Soderbergh. “I thought it was a fascinating combination of appearance and activity... I’d been wanting to make a spy action film for a while, but hadn’t really determined what I was going to bring to it that would distinguish it from the traditional approach. Then I thought, ‘Why don’t I just build it around her? She can actually break people in half.’ I was interested in doing something ultra-realistic.”

And as for the film itself?

“My desire is for it to be a very realistic portrayal of somebody who gets hired, as these people do, by the government, to go and perform certain duties that it would be inappropriate to give to the military,” says Soderbergh. “That could be anything from a hostage-grab to surveillance to an actual killing... a combination of a Bond movie and Point Blank”

I guess it remains to be seen if she can actually act, but I applaud the effort in trying to get a real badass female action star out there, which hasn’t really happened in a long, long time. Sure there are female movie martial artists (Yeoh, Ziyi), and Angelina Jolie tries to be a hardass every so often. Uma Thurman had a shot (then regressed into movies like MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND and MOTHERHOOD), and even Sigourney Weaver's run didn't really extend past the ALIEN series. Where are our female Schwarzeneggers, Stallones, Van Dammes and Stathams, who consistently kick ass across multiple films?

Can Crush pick up a mantle that doesn’t really even exist yet? I suppose we’ll find out, but I’m rooting for her.

Extra Tidbit: Carano never lost a single game to a challenger during her entire run on "American Gladiators."
Source: Empire

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5:38PM on 09/30/2009

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Gina Davis. She had a decent two movie run as an action star. The Long Kiss Goodnight is one of my favortie action flicks. Remember Cynthia Rothrock? Right now, Zoe Bell has a shot at it. And yes, Milla Jovovich is probably the only female action star Hollywood has right now, next to Ms. Jolie.
Gina Davis. She had a decent two movie run as an action star. The Long Kiss Goodnight is one of my favortie action flicks. Remember Cynthia Rothrock? Right now, Zoe Bell has a shot at it. And yes, Milla Jovovich is probably the only female action star Hollywood has right now, next to Ms. Jolie.
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3:55PM on 09/30/2009
The premise sounds awesome, but I'm skeptical whether she can pull it off. Although, if Sasha Grey can, I suppose it could work.
The premise sounds awesome, but I'm skeptical whether she can pull it off. Although, if Sasha Grey can, I suppose it could work.
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2:49PM on 09/30/2009
Soderbergh is the shit. And Gina Carano is sexy as hell. Pumped up for this one.
Soderbergh is the shit. And Gina Carano is sexy as hell. Pumped up for this one.
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2:25PM on 09/30/2009

Nice.

Judging from her appearances on talk-shows and her nice little cameo in "Blood and Bone" she seems to be as charismatic as good looking.
Judging from her appearances on talk-shows and her nice little cameo in "Blood and Bone" she seems to be as charismatic as good looking.
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2:00PM on 09/30/2009
Is it still cool to hate on Soderbergh, or is anyone else with me that this guy is one of the most genius directors working today?
Is it still cool to hate on Soderbergh, or is anyone else with me that this guy is one of the most genius directors working today?
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1:57PM on 09/30/2009
As far as female action stars go, I think Milla Jovovich is probably the closest thing we've got right now. I'm not really a fan of her stuff, but between The Fifth Element (Okay, I'm at least a fan of that one), The Resident Evil films, and stuff like Ultraviolet and A Perfect Getaway, she's actually built up a pretty steady resume.
As far as female action stars go, I think Milla Jovovich is probably the closest thing we've got right now. I'm not really a fan of her stuff, but between The Fifth Element (Okay, I'm at least a fan of that one), The Resident Evil films, and stuff like Ultraviolet and A Perfect Getaway, she's actually built up a pretty steady resume.
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1:24PM on 09/30/2009
It was sad to watch her lose to Cyborg, but damn I love Gina. Hope she kicks ass in this movie.
It was sad to watch her lose to Cyborg, but damn I love Gina. Hope she kicks ass in this movie.
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12:56PM on 09/30/2009
about time we get some female actors who look healthy and happy. im SO tiered of the 'my life is so horrible' under weight looking ones. the paparazzi will have to give her distance if they dont want an instant KO!
about time we get some female actors who look healthy and happy. im SO tiered of the 'my life is so horrible' under weight looking ones. the paparazzi will have to give her distance if they dont want an instant KO!
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11:41AM on 09/30/2009
shes hott
shes hott
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