Bombshell Mixed Martial Arts fighter Gina Carano is staring in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, which opened this weekend with more than 9 million dollars in ticket sales.
Carano stars as Mallory Kane a Black Ops private contractor sold out by the clandestine group she works for. Soderbergh, who has a knack for making movies where the star is a strong female, first saw Carano in 2008 when the MMA star was at the height of her game in the ring. He was enchanted by her ferocious fighting style aand yet she was beautiful at the same time.
Soderbergh had the following to say about Carano,
“This was a type of fighting that I’d never watched before and I thought Gina was extraordinary. She had incredible presence and she seemed like a really unique combination of elements. When I saw her, I started thinking how I could build something around her and that’s when I started thinking about putting her in a very male-dominated world to navigate through physically and philosophically.”
She was at the top of her game in 2008 and in 2009 had signed on to the remake of American Gladiators to star as gladiator Crush. At this time Soderberg tracked her down for the role.
Carano had just lost a huge brawl for the featherweight championship in American Strikeforce and decided to retreat to her San Diego home. She only agreed to meet with Soderbergh because her agent told her that he had directed Traffic which had been one of her favorite movies.
Carano said of their meeting,
“I had to pick him up at the San Diego train station and he’s wearing a cap, glasses, jeans. I didn’t know anything about Hollywood or directors or anybody else in this world. Needless to say, I had no idea who he was. We sat and had a really great discussion, just two normal people, and at the end of it he asked me if I wanted to be in a movie.”
It’s a dream scenario every actor prays for, but Carano, in her unassuming way, said she was just grateful that someone was willing to hire her for anything after the beating she’d taken on cable television a week earlier.
Haywire shows Carano at her best, kicking ass as she is supposed too.
Check out the gorgeous Gina Carano talking shop with Conan O’Brian