Mary Elizabeth Winstead was disappointed she couldn’t ride motorcycle in Birds of Prey

Mary Elizabeth Winstead was disappointed she didn’t learn to ride a motorcycle for Birds of Prey.The 35-year-old plays Helena Bertinelli and her alter ego, Huntress, in the DC Comics action thriller, alongside co-stars Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, and J…

Mary Elizabeth Winstead was disappointed she didn’t learn to ride a motorcycle for Birds of Prey.

The 35-year-old plays Helena Bertinelli and her alter ego, Huntress, in the DC Comics action thriller, alongside co-stars Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.

When Winstead accepted the role of the assassin in Cathy Yan’s movie, she was looking forward to the stunts, fight training, and more importantly, riding her character’s famous motorcycle.

However, her excitement was short-lived, as her stunt double Dena Sodano “got to have all the fun”.

“I did not get to do any motorcycle training. I thought I might when I read the script; I was excited. I thought I’d maybe get to learn how to ride a motorcycle, but since Huntress wears a helmet, there was no need,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Winstead’s previous ballet training also helped her while learning the fight choreography, which involved elements of jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and martial arts.

“I’m really grateful for that background. I think I automatically pick things up… I feel like I’m able to use my body and pick up the choreography in order to use it to move the story and character forward,” she explained.

And while the actress confessed that the comic book blockbuster was out of her comfort zone, she’s proud of herself for pushing her boundaries and becoming an action hero.

“Birds of Prey was definitely a big, huge leap in that direction for me to really train hard with a stunt team and go beyond what I’ve done before in terms of fight training and physicality. I really loved it,” Winstead gushed.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead felt liberated working with Cathy Yan on Birds of Prey

Mary Elizabeth Winstead felt liberated working with “smart” director Cathy Yan on their movie Birds of Prey.The 35-year-old plays Helena Bertinelli, also known as Huntress, in the comic book action thriller, alongside Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, and Ju…

Mary Elizabeth Winstead felt liberated working with “smart” director Cathy Yan on their movie Birds of Prey.

The 35-year-old plays Helena Bertinelli, also known as Huntress, in the comic book action thriller, alongside Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.

And Winstead told The Hollywood Reporter it was refreshing working with the Chinese-American filmmaker and the female-dominated cast and crew.

“It feels great to not be standing behind a bunch of men, but to actually be standing in front of it as women with something that we made, something that we’re proud of and something that we put our blood, sweat and tears into,” she shared.

“I have never been a part of something that was so female heavy in terms of every single department and every single leading creative role, especially not in this genre, this budget level and all of those things.

“That was liberating, refreshing, exciting, fun and meaningful in every single way for me, and I think for the rest of the cast as well.”

The Fargo star, who was full of praise for director Yan, was given freedom to add her own interpretation of her comic book character to the role.

“She’s so smart, so confident, competent and fun,” she explained. “I was given quite a bit of freedom… to just read whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted, and take inspiration from whatever bits helped me or fit this version of the character that we’ve created in the movie.”

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Rosie Perez kept filming Birds of Prey fight scene despite injury

Rosie Perez refused to give up on a fight scene in Birds of Prey despite getting a knee injury.The actress plays Gotham City Police Department detective Renee Montoya in the DC Comics movie, which stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Be…

Rosie Perez refused to give up on a fight scene in Birds of Prey despite getting a knee injury.

The actress plays Gotham City Police Department detective Renee Montoya in the DC Comics movie, which stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress.

The stars were required to embark on serious physical training to prepare for the movie, but Perez suffered an injury on the first day.

“After over 30 years of dancing, choreographing and doing martial arts, I thought my body was done,” she shared with U.S. Glamour magazine. “I was a bit panicked about it and on my first training day, the meniscus disc in my knee tore. I’m a grown-a*s woman and I was in tears – it was more about letting the squad down, letting Margot, Jurnee, and Mary down.”

The 55-year-old continued to train while attending physical rehab, but the injury returned again during a fight scene with Robbie. However, Perez was determined not to let her injury stand in the way of the sequence and simply carried on.

“My knee blew out again, when I had a fight with Margot and I went, ‘Oh, no, no, no!’ I looked over at Margot and she goes, ‘You’re okay.’ That is what your corner does in boxing,” the star recalled. “I was like, ‘There’s no freaking way I’m going to let this scene go. There’s no way, I’m better than that.’ I could take the punches and, literally, we were kicking each other.”

Meanwhile, the Do the Right Thing star also heaped praise on her co-stars, director Cathy Yan, and the crew for creating a supportive atmosphere on set and stated that the experience “reignited the power I already had”.

Birds of Prey is in cinemas now.

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Rosie Perez fought for her role in Birds of Prey

Rosie Perez persuaded studio executives to cast her in Birds of Prey even though they were looking for someone younger.The 55-year-old stars as Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya, who teams up with Margot Robbie’s villain Harley Quinn, Jurnee…

Rosie Perez persuaded studio executives to cast her in Birds of Prey even though they were looking for someone younger.

The 55-year-old stars as Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya, who teams up with Margot Robbie’s villain Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Black Canary, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s crossbow-wielding fighter Huntress to help save a young child from an evil crime lord.

In an interview with Glamour U.K., Perez revealed she had to fight to get the role because executives at Warner Bros. wanted someone about 20 years younger.

“They wanted somebody young,” she recalled. “(Director) Cathy (Yan) called me, and she said, ‘I’m not supposed to be calling you. I’m just going to be honest. They want someone younger.’ And I burst out laughing and she said, ‘That’s why I love you! When I can get you into Warner Brothers, I will give you a call.’ I didn’t hear from her for months and then I saw the shortlist of actresses and they were all like 30 to 35 years old.

“I didn’t just go ‘oh well’ and move on. I’m not an ageing fighter that you’re going to put out to pasture. You have to take charge and you have to try. So, I went into Warner Brothers, they called me the next day and I got the role.”

Accordingly, Perez hopes older women will see her fighting onscreen and get inspired to keep fit.

“I hope I inspire every woman of a certain age to get you’re a*s back in the gym,” the actress said. “It’s not over. You can do it, because I thought I was done, and I am so not done.”

Birds of Prey is now showing in cinemas.

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Margot Robbie rocks feathered dress at Birds of Prey premiere

Margot Robbie had fun with feathers at the world premiere of Birds of Prey in London on Wednesday night.The actress, who reprises the role of Harley Quinn in Cathy Yan’s new superhero movie, stepped out at the BFI IMAX in a black silk skirt from Dries …

Margot Robbie had fun with feathers at the world premiere of Birds of Prey in London on Wednesday night.

The actress, who reprises the role of Harley Quinn in Cathy Yan’s new superhero movie, stepped out at the BFI IMAX in a black silk skirt from Dries Van Noten along with a bralet top with black feathers attached and hot pink gloves.

A photo posted by stylist Kate Young on Instagram also showed Margot posing with a piece of mustard yellow silk around her arms, but the star must have decided to ditch that particular accessory before hitting the red carpet.

Hairstylist Bryce Scarlett was tasked with styling the 29-year-old’s blonde hair into textured waves, while her make-up artist Pati Dubroff played up the colours of her outfit by painting gold glitter onto her eyelids and giving her a slick of pink lipstick.

However, Margot wasn’t the only Birds of Prey castmember to opt for feathers at the event. Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who portrays Black Canary, opted for a quirky black ensemble with feathers attached to the hem of the skirt from Guy Laroche.

And the Australian shared in a chat with Entertainment Tonight that she and her colleagues had unexpectedly coordinated outfits regularly on the press tour.

“We’ve now started texting each other before getting ready. We’re like, ‘What are you wearing? OK, you are wearing black-and-white checkers. I was gonna wear that.’ But now we keep doubling up. I think we’re all just on the same page,” she smiled.

Elsewhere, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays Huntress, made a statement in a long red Zuhair Murad gown with a pleated skirt and bow detailing on the shoulders. She accessorised with a dice-shaped purse and jewellery from Bondeye and EF Collection.

Filmmaker Cathy, as well as co-stars Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, and Ella Jay Basco, were also in attendance.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) hits cinemas from 5 February.

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Margot Robbie praises Birds of Prey stunt team

Margot Robbie has heaped praise on Birds of Prey’s “truly amazing” stunt team.The Australian actress reprises her role as super-villain Harley Quinn in the new DC Comics movie, which follows her as she teams up with superheroes Black Canary and Huntres…

Margot Robbie has heaped praise on Birds of Prey’s “truly amazing” stunt team.

The Australian actress reprises her role as super-villain Harley Quinn in the new DC Comics movie, which follows her as she teams up with superheroes Black Canary and Huntress, as well as police detective Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

The film has received praise for its inventive and creative action sequences, and Robbie has admitted that she did as many of her own stunts as she could but had to rely on the professionals to pull off some of the riskier moves.

“I’m a little less formidable than Harley Quinn, I’m sure,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I love stunt work, so I really, really love it. It’s just cool to work with an amazing stunt team like 87Eleven (Action Design). They’re truly amazing, like, backflips, that’s Renae Moneymaker. She’s an incredible stunt performer… But yeah, they got me doing everything else really, other than critical acrobats, so it was fun!”

Her co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead explained to the publication that the cast began training three months before production and continued to keep it up throughout filming, with her noting they were in “constant pain” and it “kept getting harder”.

However, their hard work seems to have paid off as initial reactions of the movie have been positive, with many lauding the action, Robbie, Winstead, and the film’s style and sense of fun, although some did claim it was uneven in its tone and pacing.

Birds of Prey, also starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor, hits theatres from 7 February.

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