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And from the psychological to Soderbergh’s Haywire – where your role is all physicality. Most of your screen time involves you and Gina Carano brutally kicking the shit out of each other in a hotel room…
“I had a lot of fun doing that, we did all of that ourselves which actors get very proud about! I enjoy doing physical stuff. Fight scenes are fun but someone like Gina can literally do it for real. I’m good at pretending!”
There must have been some real pain involved even with just pretending. You’re smashing vases in faces, falling on coffee tables, denting walls….
“One thing they told me was, “When the vase comes up, turn your head so it smashes the thing, don’t look at the vase”. Of course in the first take I was like, “Oh shit!” Bang! [Mimes being whacked in the head] Everything went bright for a few seconds and, of course, that’s the take they used.
“We filmed that whole fight over two days and at the end of the second day I just remember I came back to the hotel and I puked up [laughs]. It’s amazing when your body’s running on adrenaline and then you reach the finish line it just goes, fuck it!
“It was tiring and really full on but it was with 87eleven [stunt crew]. I worked with them before on 300 so I knew I was in really good hands.”