It takes a certain kind of guy to go up against Gina Carano. A very brave guy who is willing to accept the fact that he’ll more than likely have his ass handed to him by her, to be exact. In Steven Soderbergh’s tense new action thriller Haywire, in theaters today, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, and Michael Fassbender play just three of the gentleman who dare to square off against the mixed martial artist.
While Tatum, who finds himself on the wrong end of a fight against Carano’s betrayed black-ops soldier Mallory Kane within the first five minutes of the movie, called it “cool… but a little intimidating” to go head-to-head and fist-to-fist with “the pioneer of female mixed martial arts,” it seems Carano herself got well, a kick out of it. “I think, by far, my favorite days were the fight days. We were just tumbling over couches, smashing each other into everything possible,” the new action heroine explained in this exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette.
But it was admiration from her Haywire co-stars of her powerful combat skills that beat out the initial intimidation. McGregor described watching Carano in action as “very exciting” while Fassbender called the former American Gladiators star “extraordinary” and admired her “willingness to jump in head first” to her work.
Watch the full clip below, in which Carano also talks about why “beating the s— out of each other” during the no-holds-barred Haywire fight sequences “felt great.”
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