Charlize Theron taught KiKi Layne how to heal bruises on The Old Guard set

Charlize Theron showed her The Old Guard co-star KiKi Layne how to heal the bruises they sustained while filming the movie’s action scenes.The If Beale Street Could Talk actress plays Nile, a Marine and new member of The Old Guard, a team of immortal…

Charlize Theron showed her The Old Guard co-star KiKi Layne how to heal the bruises they sustained while filming the movie’s action scenes.

The If Beale Street Could Talk actress plays Nile, a Marine and new member of The Old Guard, a team of immortal mercenaries led by Charlize’s Andy, in the new Netflix movie.

The film marked KiKi’s first action outing, so she made sure she soaked up any advice from Charlize, an action veteran.

“She told me to relax…. She also taught me how to heal my bruises, because we were getting pretty banged up. She came to set one day with all these different creams—it was like the bump and bruise kit. I had some nasty, nasty bruises,” she told Elle.com.

The 28-year-old was trained in handling weapons and stunt choreography and took up boxing to gain muscle and strength, and her preparation was put to the test when she went up against her co-star for their fight on an airplane.

“We got to train a bit with each other beforehand, but the first thing we shot was our fight scene on the plane. It’s an honour to get your a*s whooped by Charlize Theron!” she joked. “What she represents for women in this genre—that we’re capable of being kick-a*s leaders—is amazing. Having my (action) introduction be alongside her made (the experience) that much more special.”

The movie has proved a hit on Netflix since its release in early July, and KiKi hopes there will be a sequel in which she can explore Nile’s story more.

“I would definitely love to do another film and dive deeper into Nile’s moments of struggle,” she shared. “There might be a love story for her too. It would be interesting see how one builds new relationships under the circumstances.”

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Charlize Theron did more stunt training than male co-stars for The Italian Job

Charlize Theron has claimed producers on the 2003’s The Italian Job scheduled her for six weeks more car stunt training than her male co-stars.Speaking candidly on a panel for San Diego’s Comic-con, The Old Guard star told fans she found the implicatio…

Charlize Theron has claimed producers on the 2003’s The Italian Job scheduled her for six weeks more car stunt training than her male co-stars.

Speaking candidly on a panel for San Diego’s Comic-con, The Old Guard star told fans she found the implication she would need more training sexist and insulting.

“There was a very unfair process that went with that movie,” she commented.

Detailing the treatment, Theron said: “I was the only woman with a bunch of guys, and I remember vividly getting the schedule in our pre-production and they had scheduled me for six weeks more car training than any of the guys.”

“It was just so insulting,” she added.

Theron got her own back, however, as she took it upon herself to show up her male counterpoints: “It was also the thing that put a real fire under my *ss. I was like, ‘Alright, you guys want to play this game, let’s go.’ I made it a point to out-drive all those guys.”

The Italian Job role became a breakthrough for her into the action genre, Theron said. Highlighting a scene from the film, in which she had to reverse spin a car through 180 degrees inside a crowded warehouse, Theron proclaimed she was proud of her work, and that the stunt made her realise ‘woman can do all of this stuff’.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor read The Old Guard comic to prepare for movie role

Chiwetel Ejiofor started his preparation for The Old Guard by reading the original comic book.In the popular Netflix action movie, Chiwetel plays James Copley, a former CIA operative who hires a team of immortal mercenaries, led by Charlize Theron, to …

Chiwetel Ejiofor started his preparation for The Old Guard by reading the original comic book.

In the popular Netflix action movie, Chiwetel plays James Copley, a former CIA operative who hires a team of immortal mercenaries, led by Charlize Theron, to solve a hostage crisis in Sudan.

When he was cast in the role, the British actor began his preparation by reading Greg Rucka’s graphic novel to get a sense of the character before developing it further with director Gina Prince-Bythewood.

“I read the comic book after I met with Gina and I think this is how it can sometimes work, that you think, ‘OK, this is a great place to jump off from,’” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “And it’s interesting to see what the original thought pattern was for this character. And then, you want to jump off from that point and see what else you could explore in a way that’s just what intrigues you.”

During their conversations, the duo discussed how to make Copley maintain a level of empathy with the audience throughout the movie despite him making some morally and ethically questionable choices, an issue which appealed to the actor.

After reading the comic, the 12 Years a Slave actor then left all that knowledge behind so he could focus on the movie’s interpretation of Copley.

“I don’t think you should get attached (to the source material) at all. You should wear it quite lightly; it’s a point of discussion, always, and a point of engagement. Because film is so different, and the way that audiences connect to characters is so different,” he explained.

The Old Guard, also starring KiKi Layne and Matthias Schoenaerts, is streaming on Netflix now.

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Charlize Theron hints at sequel to The Old Guard

Charlize Theron has teased fans of The Old Guard with the possibility of a sequel.Speaking to Variety in an interview published this week, Theron let slip that cast and crew of the superhero film would be keen to make a follow-up. “We’re still push…

Charlize Theron has teased fans of The Old Guard with the possibility of a sequel.

Speaking to Variety in an interview published this week, Theron let slip that cast and crew of the superhero film would be keen to make a follow-up. “We’re still pushing this one out,” she said, referring to the current movie, released by Netflix on 10 July, “Let’s have a little resting period, but just given the fact that all of us really want to do it, I’m sure when it’s the right time, we’ll start the conversation.”

The Old Guard has become a rapid success, with Netflix predicting that the graphic novel adaption will screen in 72 million households in its first four weeks.

Astounded by the film’s popularity, Theron exclaimed: “It’s pretty nutty, right? It’s pretty crazy.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Theron chatted about hosting a drive-in screening of Mad Max: Fury Road at a mall parking lot in Los Angeles.

The screening, set for 31 July, will fundraise for the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, which funds organizations and programs in Theron’s native South Africa.

“We had to figure out a way that people could have a good time, but still be safe while raising money for much needed programs to help young people,” explained Theron.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic creating widespread uncertainty, Theron said she has remained dedicated to her causes: “The most vulnerable among us continue to be the ones who fall through the cracks,” she said, “No matter how hard it is to ask, we can’t not ask because the work is too important.”

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Charlize Theron: ‘Actresses don’t usually get a second chance with action films’

Charlize Theron says action is “not a very forgiving genre” and actresses who appear in flops are unlikely to get a second chance.The Oscar winner may be known as an action star these days, thanks to her roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde a…

Charlize Theron says action is “not a very forgiving genre” and actresses who appear in flops are unlikely to get a second chance.

The Oscar winner may be known as an action star these days, thanks to her roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde and new flick The Old Guard, but her first action outing, Æon Flux, underperformed in 2005 and she waited 10 years before getting another chance with Fury Road.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Charlize stated that Hollywood won’t touch an actress for another action movie once they’ve starred in a flop, whereas that isn’t the case for the opposite sex.

“Unfortunately, the very sad truth of any film in the genre with a female lead, when they don’t succeed, there is this mindset of, ‘Well, if it doesn’t work, you just don’t touch it again,’” she said. “A lot of women don’t get a second chance, but when men make these movies and fail miserably, they get chance after chance after chance to go and explore that again.

“If you look at me, for instance, Fury Road came a good decade after Æon Flux, and there’s always been that voice in the back of my head that still somewhat responds to that… It’s unfortunate that we feel like the opportunity will be taken away from us in a heartbeat if we don’t succeed, but that is the truth. It’s not a very forgiving genre when it comes to women.”

Charlize, who also produced 2017’s Atomic Blonde and The Old Guard, which debuted on Netflix this month, admitted that doing so many action films close together means she picks up fight choreography quicker.

“It’s always a little overwhelming that first month in the gym, and you worry that it’s not going to come back,” she explained. “I think that connection between the brain and the body doesn’t go away; you just have to wake it up again.”

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Charlize Theron turned down role of Jean Grey in X-Men

Charlize Theron turned down the chance to play mutant superhero Jean Grey in X-Men.The film’s executive producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, along with screenwriter David Hayter, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the hit 2000 movie in an i…

Charlize Theron turned down the chance to play mutant superhero Jean Grey in X-Men.

The film’s executive producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, along with screenwriter David Hayter, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the hit 2000 movie in an interview with Observer, and revealed a few secrets from behind the scenes.

While Russell Crowe famously turned down the role of Wolverine, leading to Hugh Jackman landing the coveted gig instead, Hayter revealed that not only did Oscar winner Theron decline a part in the flick, but Patrick Stewart was also in doubt.

Recalling how he and director Bryan Singer flew out to Vancouver in Canada to offer the Monster star the role of Jean Grey, which she ultimately passed on, Hayter said that Stewart, who portrayed wheelchair-bound Professor Charles Xavier, was also reluctant to sign on.

“Patrick Stewart didn’t want to. It took a long time to convince him,” he shared. “Terence Stamp told me, ‘You know why Patrick doesn’t want to do it? Because of the chair. He doesn’t want to be stuck in the chair. But I don’t mind. In fact, I also look excellent bald.'”

There was also plenty of interest from celebrities who wanted to be involved in the film.

“I have lots of warm memories of people that came in wanting to be in the movie,” Winter recalled. “Michael Jackson was a big comic fan and wanted to play Charles Xavier. Shaquille O’Neal showed up at the offices and wanted to play Forge, who wasn’t in the movie.”

“Everyday I was surprised by the faces coming in. Like, I’d find Mariah Carey sitting in my office wanting to go talk to Bryan about being Storm or something. So that’s always shocking,” Hayter added.

Famke Janssen eventually landed the part of Jean Grey and went on to play the telepathic and telekinetic mutant in four X-Men movies and 2013’s The Wolverine.

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The Old Guard director teases sequels

The Old Guard director Gina Prince-Bythewood has plans for a trilogy. The new Netflix action movie, which follows a bunch of immortal mercenaries who are being hunted for medical research, has proved popular on the streaming service since it debuted o…

The Old Guard director Gina Prince-Bythewood has plans for a trilogy.

The new Netflix action movie, which follows a bunch of immortal mercenaries who are being hunted for medical research, has proved popular on the streaming service since it debuted on Friday, and fans have been speculating about a follow-up, given the nature of the ending.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Prince-Bythewood confirmed she and writer Greg Rucka, who adapted his own graphic novel series, have plans for two more films.

“The graphic novel itself is a trilogy,” she said. “Where the story goes is pretty phenomenal, so if the audience is for it, I think we are as well.”

In a separate chat with Collider, the Beyond the Lights filmmaker explained her reasoning behind teasing future storylines in the film’s final scene, which opens up “a possibility of more”.

“It was part of the graphic novel, and I always loved it because I felt there would have been a hole, if it didn’t end the way it did,” she stated. “There’s always a fear because you don’t want to annoy an audience. I know how I feel when things are left open, but for me, we told the story. It does have a beginning, middle, and end.”

And as for whether she would direct the follow-up, she added, “It’s been two years, and just coming out of it now, I’m eager for a rest.”

A sequel to The Old Guard, which stars Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne and Matthias Schoenaerts, is yet to be officially greenlit by Netflix.

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Charlize Theron: ‘Atomic Blonde 2 is in development’

Charlize Theron has confirmed that an Atomic Blonde sequel is in the works.The Oscar-winning actress played a ruthless assassin in the hit 2017 thriller, alongside John Goodman, James McAvoy, and Sofia Boutella, which grossed more than $100 million (£…

Charlize Theron has confirmed that an Atomic Blonde sequel is in the works.

The Oscar-winning actress played a ruthless assassin in the hit 2017 thriller, alongside John Goodman, James McAvoy, and Sofia Boutella, which grossed more than $100 million (£79 million) at the worldwide box office.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she revealed a follow-up was in the process of being written over video conferencing app Zoom, and now, she’s confirmed that a sequel is in development at Netflix.

“We took (Atomic Blonde 2) to them and Scott Stuber (Head of Original Films at Netflix) was really interested in it,” Charlize told Total Film magazine. “We talked to him about it extensively, and we’re in the process of writing it right now. That character was set up in a way where she didn’t really reveal much of herself.

“So I feel like there’s a lot of potential there. The bar’s pretty high, but we’re excited about it.”

Atomic Blonde, directed by David Leitch, followed Charlize’s MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton, as she races against time to find a list of double agents on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Bombshell star teased the possibility of a follow-up to her recently released movie, The Old Guard.

“We went into this talking about (a sequel) as a possibility, and it’s definitely something that excites us,” she shared.

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Charlize Theron ‘heartbroken’ about Furiosa recasting

Charlize Theron has called being replaced by a young actor for the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel “a little heartbreaking”. Filmmaker George Miller confirmed in May that he was pushing ahead with a spin-off centred around Theron’s character Imperator Furi…

Charlize Theron has called being replaced by a young actor for the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel “a little heartbreaking”.

Filmmaker George Miller confirmed in May that he was pushing ahead with a spin-off centred around Theron’s character Imperator Furiosa, but he ruled out using de-ageing technology on his leading lady and decided to look for a younger actress to take over the role instead.

The Oscar winner has now admitted that she was disappointed when she learned she would not be involved in the Furiosa movie.

“It’s a tough one to swallow. Listen, I fully respect George, if not more so in the aftermath of making Fury Road with him. He’s a master, and I wish him nothing but the best,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

“Yeah, it’s a little heartbreaking, for sure. I really love that character, and I’m so grateful that I had a small part in creating her. She will forever be someone I think of and reflect on fondly. Obviously, I would love to see that story continue, and if he feels like he has to go about it this way, then I trust him in that manner. We get so hung up on the smaller details that we forget the thing that we emotionally tap into has nothing to do with that minute thing that we’re focusing on.”

Actresses including Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy are rumoured to be in the running for the part.

However, the 44-year-old may play Furiosa again – her Fury Road co-star Tom Hardy previously revealed there are plans for him to star in another two Mad Max films, and Theron has stated she’d return for another sequel if Miller directs.

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Zoe Kravitz: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road was the hardest thing I’ve ever done’

Zoe Kravitz named starring in Mad Max: Fury Road as one of the hardest things she’s ever done in her life.The actress starred in George Miller’s 2015 post-apocalyptic action movie alongside Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, and Rosie Huntin…

Zoe Kravitz named starring in Mad Max: Fury Road as one of the hardest things she’s ever done in her life.

The actress starred in George Miller’s 2015 post-apocalyptic action movie alongside Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

However, with countless production delays affecting the ambitious project and Theron and Hardy at loggerheads throughout filming, Kravitz confessed that it was a challenging set to work on.

“As an actor, you make a lot of movies – some of them are good and some of them are bad, and you have to kind of let that go,” she told The New York Times. “But with this one, it really felt like we put our actual blood, sweat, tears and time into it, and if it hadn’t been good, I would have been devastated.”

However, she went on to note that she’d work with the Australian director again in a heartbeat.

“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life, but it was absolutely worth it, and I would do it again if George asked me to,” Kravitz added.

Elsewhere in the interview, she revealed that it was leading man Hardy, who had taken on the role of Max Rockatansky, which was made famous by Mel Gibson in the original Mad Max movies in the 1980s, who was vocal about the challenges the cast faced on the set of the sequel.

“Tom really had moments of frustration, of anger. Charlize did, too, but I feel like he’s the one who really took it out on George the most, and that was a bummer to see,” she stated. “But you know, in some ways, you also can’t blame him, because a lot was being asked of these actors and there were a lot of unanswered questions.”

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