Halle berry marks a major comeback to film with his directorial debut in Wound, having last appeared on the big screen in 2019 with John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. On the tape of Netflix, the Oscar winner puts herself in the shoes of an MMA fighter that, at the lowest point of his career, he must face a mistake from the past: the return of his son, whom he abandoned as just a baby.
To make this project a reality, the actress had to undergo tough physical training and very intense fighting sessions that involved disciplines such as Ju-Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing. All this in order to make her role as a mixed martial arts fighter credible. He has even said that broke two ribs while performing a scene with martial artist Valentina Shevchenko, his rival in fiction.
At the beginning of the filming of Wound, the sports professional avoided hitting her very hard for fear of seriously hurting her, but at her request Halle berry – who also held the position of director – had to take the fights to a much more real level and ended up leaving her with two broken ribs. Despite this, the protagonist continued with the filming and when they came to an end, she was able to recover from her injuries. “When we finished filming I told everyone and went to the hospital,” he recounted for the Jimmy Kimmel show.
HALLE BERRY’S HARDEST WORKOUT
At 55, Berry trained five hours a day for two years to project the image of a martial artist. In an interview with Reuters, he stated that he knew it was going to be a complicated job because of the physical demands of the role: “I knew that I would spend more time, more energy, more hours working on something than I had in my entire career. It turned out to be true. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done”.
“I’m at my best when I have to work hard and when I face challenges,” she also told Women’s Health magazine. “Being my age and pushing my body to the limit reminded me that age is just a number. We can control how we define ourselves, and I’ve never been healthier and felt stronger [que ahora]. This movie helped me realize that. “
The artist also added: “One of the biggest compliments I received in the whole process was when we were filming scenes and the referee talked about Valentina’s fights in real life and said: ‘That last shot, I thought I was watching a real fight! of Valentina! ‘. And for me, that was the moment when all this training, all this work, having a real fighter, was worth it ”.
However, it was not all a great sacrifice away from his routine life. The American star has said that he always had a hidden passion for boxing and enjoyed watching the fights of champions like Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard during his childhood. For her, the script “came from heaven”, because she could really put herself in the shoes of a true fighter.
In addition to directing and starring Halle Berry, the cast of Wound It is made up of Shamier Anderson, Adan Canto, Sheila Atim, Valentina Shevchenko, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Adriane Lenox and Lela Loren. The film premiered in Netflix yesterday, November 24.