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Saturday 26 July 2014

Carano: Fighting Rodriguez was fun

Gina Carano stars in Fast And Furious 6

Gina Carano says that swapping blows with Michelle Rodriguez on Fast And Furious 6 was "kick-a**".

The mixed martial arts star, who plays DSS agent Riley alongside Dwayne Johnson in the sixth instalment of the franchise, gets down and dirty with Michelle's character Letty Ortiz in two screen fights.

"I think it was pretty kick-a**. We had such a good energy and we were so comfortable with each other and that allowed for the physical aggression, so it ended up pretty great," she said.

Gina - who is one of the world's best known female MMA fighters - said of throwing punches and kicks on screen: "It's like fighting with the same adrenalin except I'm not actually having to hurt someone.

"But then you have the pressure of coming in with the character, which is another challenge," she admitted.

The 31-year-old, who is dating Man Of Steel star Henry Cavill, is focusing on her film career following her major film debut in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire. She next stars in John Stockwell's In The Blood, and is attached to a female version of The Expendables.

"I'm trying to pick my characters wisely from now on. I filmed a movie called In The Blood. I really want to take my craft seriously and I don't know what's next," she said.

:: Fast And Furious 6 is in cinemas now.

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