How Charlize Theron Ready for the Intense Battle Scenes in Atomic Blonde: 'Her Potential Was Unimaginable'


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That isn’t a stunt double touchdown punches, knocking out dangerous guys and saving the world in Atomic Blonde — that’s all Charlize Theron.

The actress, forty one, took on her position as MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton in full, coaching for 2 to 3 hours a day in all types of martial arts for six weeks earlier than filming even began.

“The complete stunt workforce was very pleasantly stunned at her general bodily capacity,” stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave tells PEOPLE. “She was extraordinarily robust; she did ninety five % of all of her personal preventing.”

Theron was so good that they utterly modified their filming plans. At first, Hargrave and director David Leitch anticipated to movie her throwing a punch or two earlier than yelling minimize and resetting the scene.

“However she confirmed that she might do 10, 15, 20, 30 strikes in succession without having to chop or reset,” Hargrave says. “We have been like, wow, that is particular. That is distinctive. We have to benefit from this.”

Hargrave chalks most of Theron’s talents as much as her intense dedication.

“A variety of it’s pure, God-given expertise that she was born with. She’s only a very coordinated and athletic individual to start with, however I can attest to the onerous work that she put in, and that’s what separates the great ones from the good ones, for my part,” he says. “Arduous work was one of many bedrocks of her coaching, and I feel it actually exhibits within the remaining product.”


And the stunt crew was equally impressed.

“She would do sacrifice throws, she was rolling round on the bottom. The stunt crew — all of them liked her, and the way she gave nearly as good as she obtained. They have been buying and selling throws,” Hargrave says. “She would push the stunt guys to a degree that she knew she might take or past.”

Theron was additionally very cautious about what she ate. “Throughout coaching she was very strict together with her food plan, very strict together with her coaching routine, and she or he was making an attempt to remain lean and preventing match as a result of she had a lot motion,” Hargrave says. “And she or he had lots of scenes the place she was sporting little or no so she needed to be in the most effective form potential and she or he educated very arduous for that.”

Hargrave says Theron’s spectacular battle work introduced a realism to the position of Lorraine, and will encourage a brand new feminist icon.

“The movie is sort of assertion on feminism. We noticed her, Lorraine Broughton, in a fantastic embodiment of that in Charlize Theron as a robust, in a position-bodied lady who’s simply as robust, if not harder, and simply as robust, if not stronger, as a person in that position,” Hargrave says. “So it’s not about male or feminine — it’s concerning the humanity of that. It’s about bringing a actuality-based mostly portrayal concerning the humanity of that in these conditions.”

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