‘Fast & Furious 6′ Girl Fight: Most Intense Ever?
Gina Carano and Michelle Rodrigues lay down the girl fight gauntlet in 'Fast 6' (Photo: Universal Pictures)
Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano have taken their big screen girl fight to a whole new level in "Fast & Furious 6." Their two fighting scenes in the upcoming action franchise flick are lengthy and their moves are severe to say the least – pulling off arguably the most extreme woman-versus-woman hand-to-hand combat in movie history.
"That was the goal," Rodriguez told Yahoo! Movies of her record-seeking performance. She and Carano take up a whole lot of screen time in two dynamic fight scenes in "Fast 6." No weapons are used as the two rely mostly their fists – Carano does a few roundhouse kicks, too.
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The idea to throw down the girl fight gauntlet came from "Fast 6" director Justin Lin. "Let's go for the best in history," he recalled telling Rodriguez and Carano as they started making of the film.
In "Fast 6," Rodriguez plays Letty, a car-savvy and confused crime partner of a new villain to the franchise – Shaw (Luke Evans). Her fighting style is that of a street fighter, she explained to us. "What exactly would make this credible? I think the fight or flight survival mode of an individual street fighter – which is what Letty would be – is the only way to go up against a tactical fighter like Gina Carano who [plays a] military [operative] in the movie," the 34-year-old actress said.
Carano, who plays sidekick to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's character Hobbs, is a fighter in real life. The 31-year-old first stunned audiences with her physical prowess in Steven Soderbergh's action-heavy "Haywire." And oh yeah, she's a mixed martial artist, who dominated when she went pro about seven years ago. While other actors trained up for the film, Carano simply kept with her daily regimen – concentrating most on converting her real fight moves to fake ones.
Justin Lin and Michelle Rodriguez on the set of 'Fast 6' (Photo: Universal Pictures)
The tall order for a history-making girl fight sent a streak of fear through Rodriguez. "I was just scared," she said. "Not scared to get beat up but more scared to make it real." Rodriguez has more experience fighting on camera than does Carano, but Carano has more real life professional moves. Rodriguez admitted she hadn't done much fist-fighting since her breakthrough role in "Girlfight." "But that was 13 years ago," she told Yahoo! Movies. "My main forte is with guns."