Halle Berry is a fighter both in real life and on film. The Oscar awardee made her directorial debut in “Bruised”, an action flick that will stream via Netflix. She’ll be portraying Jackie Justice, an MMA fighter.
Berry recently celebrated her 55th birthday. She told Entertainment Weekly that on the first day of filming, she already broke two ribs but didn’t allow the production to stop because of her injury.
Meanwhile, stunt coordinator Eric Brown revealed to the outlet that the actress has suffered a major injury saying, “[It was] kind of a crazy injury. But that was just her intensity … Halle’s a special case. I’ve worked with tons of actors, and almost none of them have that kind of work ethic.”
This isn’t the first time that she met an accident while filming. She also fractured her ribs on the set of “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”.
Berry said, “I told the director about it, they told the insurance. We had to shut down for months and it was a big ordeal. On this, because it was an independent movie, we didn’t have a big budget. The director in me said, ‘I didn’t come this far and work this hard to go home.’
Originally, the role of Jackie Justice was written for Blake Lively and was supposed to be directed by Nick Cassavetes. Ever since she took over as director, the cast spent five weeks in Newark, New Jersey shooting the film in late 2019.
Berry also shared her thoughts about directing her first feature film. She revealed, “It was important to me that we make all the characters fractured and broken. Not making anybody bad or good but all shades of gray, all bruised in their way, and all fighting for their own kind of redemption and their own way of fighting to survive their circumstance.”
She added, “I thought it was largely enough for one person to do, to take on this challenge of fighting and learning all these martial arts and playing that role. So I didn’t think I would be directing myself in my debut, ever … Initially, I think it did sound crazy to everybody.”
“Bruised” will be available on Netflix on November 24.