Peppermint director labels film as a ‘justice’ movie

Director Pierre Morel has labelled his new film Peppermint as a “justice” movie.The action film stars Jennifer Garner as lead character Riley North, a woman who seeks vigilante justice after her husband and daughter are killed in a drive-by shootin…

Director Pierre Morel has labelled his new film Peppermint as a “justice” movie.

The action film stars Jennifer Garner as lead character Riley North, a woman who seeks vigilante justice after her husband and daughter are killed in a drive-by shooting by members of a cartel.

However, Pierre is adamant that the flick is much more than a revenge story.

“I don’t see it as a revenge movie. I don’t think there’s anything satisfying in revenge,” he told Slash Film. “I think revenge is an extremely negative and dark feeling… She’s coming back for a certain form of justice whether it’s right or wrong, but it’s more of a justice movie or self-justice movie.”

For the part, Jennifer shows off the action skills she honed on the sets of Alias and Daredevil. But the From Paris with Love helmer Pierre is sure that the actress pushed herself to train harder than she had ever done before in the lead-up to the shoot.

“We tried to make sure that everything she had to do would be realistic and feasible. She’s not a superhero in this movie. She’s not going to fly in the air so we had to make choreography that made sense. That’s what dictated the way she fights,” the 54-year-old explained.

When it came to fight scenes, Jennifer worked alongside stunt coordinator Keith Woulard, with the pair exhibiting a military fighting style.

And while Pierre has been renowned for establishing Liam Neeson as an action hero in 2008 action-thriller Taken, he doesn’t plan on continuing to making films in the same genre.

“I just want to make good movies with good characters. I don’t know what to say. No one came to me like, ‘Okay, make me the next Liam Neeson.’ No, never happened, ever,” he smiled.

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Jennifer Garner used Alias background to get ripped for new movie Peppermint

Jennifer Garner convinced film bosses to let her use her history as a TV spy to take charge of her own training regime ahead of new action movie Peppermint. The actress plays a mum seeking revenge on the drug cartel bosses who gunned down her husband …

Jennifer Garner convinced film bosses to let her use her history as a TV spy to take charge of her own training regime ahead of new action movie Peppermint.

The actress plays a mum seeking revenge on the drug cartel bosses who gunned down her husband and daughter in the hard-hitting new movie, and she admits she knew exactly what to do to get in shape for the role thanks to the years she spent playing Sydney Bristow on hit television series Alias.

“There was a lot of training, it was very physical,” Garner told Entertainment Tonight. “I was in pretty good shape going into it, and I said to them (movie bosses), ‘You know, I know how to train for this movie, I can get where I need to go and I know what I need to do’. And they said, ‘OK’.”

Garner turned to her personal trainer and hooked up with her longtime stunt double for intense work-out sessions.

“We did a lot of dance, cardio, but we also you know did crazy weights and I did bands, and trampoline…,” she beamed. “I also boxed every day, and then I trained with the stunt team.

“At first, when we started shooting, I would be back in action mode. I would just kind of fall into being Sydney Bristow,” Garner said. “I walked liked her because my body had this memory of it. But Sydney was an optimistic young girl who was out to take care of things, but she had an optimism to her, whereas my character Riley North (in Peppermint), everything has been taken from (sic), and she is at the depths of the depths and is coming at it from an almost animalistic point (of view).”

And it was great to reunite with old pal Shauna Duggins: “My stunt double and I have worked together since, I think, the third or fourth episode of Alias…,” she added. “She’s like my sister, so (it has been good) for the two of us to get to be together every day, to train together, to go back to all of that.”

Peppermint is released in America on Friday (07Sep18).

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Jennifer Garner learned mixed martial arts skills for Peppermint

Jennifer Garner got back into action mode for her new movie Peppermint by taking up mixed martial arts. The Dallas Buyers Club star plays a woman seeking revenge after her husband and daughter are killed in a drive-by shooting right in front of her an…

Jennifer Garner got back into action mode for her new movie Peppermint by taking up mixed martial arts.

The Dallas Buyers Club star plays a woman seeking revenge after her husband and daughter are killed in a drive-by shooting right in front of her and she explains her physical training helped her connect to the character.

“I’ve been training for a while on this,” she tells People magazine. “I did (mixed martial arts) MMA skills, gun skills, knife skills. It was the connection to the physical that made me kind of understand her fight for her daughter.”

“She (Garner) was very physical, she was very fit – even before we started training,” director Pierre Morel adds. “She was dead-on, ready to go for it. The fact that everything is done by the actor is key.”

Jennifer, who has starred in action-packed roles in Alias and Daredevil, was “excited” to take on Peppermint after reading the script because it was “an original story and there’s a strong woman at the middle”. She was hooked by the way her character reacted to losing her family.

“She just shuts down her heart, goes into hiding and spends the next five years becoming a machine,” she says. “She immediately takes matters into her own hands to make sure those people are brought to justice.

“The fact that she just says, ‘I’m a mom, I’m taking care of this and I’m going to do what I need to do’… that, I’m inspired by. I’ve never gotten the chance to play that kind of visceral need to defend, or protect, or take care of someone in your family.”

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