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Don't mess with 'Haywire' star Gina Carano

Gina Carano stars in "Haywire." (Claudette Barius)

Gina Carano stars in "Haywire." (Claudette Barius) Credit: Gina Carano stars in "Haywire." (Claudette Barius)

Gina Carano beat up a lot of people during her career as a mixed martial arts fighter, so in one sense starring in Steven Soderbergh's new film "Haywire" wasn't much of a stretch for the acting newcomer. amNewYork spoke to her about the film.

What do you make of the fact that Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor and Bill Paxton are your co-stars? Steven Soderbergh always said that it was going to be very interesting to see which actors would take these roles. Not only would they have to be physical with a female and do their own stunts, but also possibly get beaten by [one]. He said [they would] be "actors' actors" ... and I think that attracted to the film some of the most genuine, talented people.

Which co-star was the most fun to beat up? They were all a blast to be completely physical with. My first fight scene was with Fassbender, and I found that each actor brought their own character to the fight. They completely brought their own feeling, character and athleticism, and it made them all equally different and fun.

Do you plan to continue acting? I'd love to represent MMA and mixed martial arts in movies the way I got to in this film. I'm proud of coming from cage fighting - I'm proud of coming from that world. I'm proud of the people that are in it, and I think that the more of us who can transition and make a career out of fighting - it's a beautiful thing.

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