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The wrestling industry has been a launchpad for people such as John Cena, Dave Bautista and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to make a mark in the entertainment industry. Ronda Rousey, who recently joined WWE but is most notable for UFC fighting, is now doing the same and has had roles in films such as Furious 7, The Expendables 3 and Entourage. She will star alongside Mark Wahlberg in Mile 22 and, in an on-set interview, she discussed various aspects of the film.
One of the things Rousey discussed was how she got the role in the first place:
“So he was going to produce something with me and Iko Uwais. It started with a whole different script. It didn’t really work out. Then the script started from scratch for Mile 22.”
“But I didn’t hear anything about the movie for years. So I thought Mile 22 was never going to happen. Two or three years ago, I gave up on it and then a few months [earlier], I got a call that Mile 22 was happening. So I read the script and I thought it was awesome and I love Sam Snow. It was really interesting to see what it started on the page and how different it is when we got here to film. Pete pretty much rips up the script, as soon as you walk in.”
“His directing style is so perfect for me, in that I feel like I’m actually talking and not remembering things. He’s really good at keeping you in the moment and playing to everybody’s strengths. Pete told me a movie gets written three times: when it’s written, when it’s shot and when it’s edited. So this is my first time getting to see a movie get made from the very beginning. It’s become a great learning experience.”
She also shed some light on the uniqueness of Mile 22 compared to other action movies:
“It has all the real cool action beats and all those fun visual things, but it also has a lot more heart and depth. It goes into the grey area of what’s right and wrong. It’s a lot more complicated than a lot of these popcorn-crunching action movies. It has that in it, but it also will leave you thinking about who should you really be rooting for in the end.”
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