Gina Carano, a retired mixed martial arts fighter, is ready to "hurt anybody" for her fellow cast members of the new movie "Haywire," which stars Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Bill Paxton.
This is the second and biggest film for Carano, a 29-year-old Texas native, who also appeared on the reboot of the show "American Gladiators." In "Haywire," a thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh, she plays Mallory Kane, a freelance covert operative who is betrayed by a person who works for her agency and seeks revenge, while assassins are sent to kill her.
McGregor plays Kane's point man. Fassbender portrays an operative who accompanies Kane on a mission. Tatum also plays an agent. Paxton, formerly of "Big Love" fame," plays her father, while Douglas and Banderas play her bosses.
"I would hurt anybody for them because they are amazing and some of the most beautiful people I've ever met," Carano told OnTheRedCarpet.com co-host Chris Balish at the recent Los Angeles premiere of "Haywire," which hits theaters on January 20.
The movie also sees the actress sharing an intimate scene with Fassbender, who is becoming one of Hollywood's biggest rising stars following his roles in "Inglorious Basterds" and "X-Men: First Class,".
"I was nervous because I had a kiss scene with Michael Fassbender," Carano said. "It was just a peck but to me, I mean, I was shaking probably as bad as I am right now."
Douglas, she said, paid her a memorable compliment.
"The day we were filming, it was the most freezing day ever and there was a tear coming down my face and I wasn't about to mess that up so after that scene got done, he paid me a compliment and he said, 'That was really good self-control,'" Carano said. "I'll never forget those words."
The actress began her acting career about six years ago, appearing as herself, then a Muay Thai Fighter, in the 2005 cult film "Ring Girls." She later played "Crush" in "American Gladiators," a 2008 reboot of a 1990s fighting competition series. Carano also starred in the 2009 film "Blood and Bone."
Carano last fought in an MMA match in 2009. She told OnTheRedCarpet.com that both acting and fighting "give me the same adrenaline rush that I seem to crave."
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).
Check out the trailer for "Haywire."