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Jessica Alba mastered Krav Maga for Mechanic: Resurrection

The actress was excited to star alongside Jason Statham.

Jessica Alba has become a Krav Maga expert after undergoing the combat training for her new film Mechanic: Resurrection.

The Fantastic Four star is no stranger to action roles after rising to fame on James Cameron's sci-fi series Dark Angel in the early 2000s, and she revelled at putting her martial arts skills to the test again onscreen.

"I jumped at the opportunity," she told U.S. breakfast show Today about her role as tough girl Gina. "Also being able to see the female lead not just be a damsel in distress, but actually get in there, do the action, kick some butt (was a thrill)..."

Alba had to brush up on her self-defence skills in preparation for the part, and she has since discovered a new love for Krav Maga.

"I've learned a bunch of different disciplines in martial arts, but I'd never learned Krav Maga...," she explained. "You take your opponent down basically with anything that's around as quickly as possible and then you get out of the situation, so it's brutal, it's fast, to the point, and it was fun to do!"

The action sequences weren't the only aspects of The Mechanic sequel which attracted Jessica - she was also excited to star alongside Jason Statham, confessing she is a "huge fan" of the movie hardman.

"His action movies are always the best, they're so fun to watch," she gushed about the British actor's work.

And filming in Thailand was just the icing on the cake: "For me, it was a dream job, because I got to do some action, I got to be in a movie with Jason, which I've always wanted to do, and then we shot in Thailand," she smiled. "The water's gorgeous, the food is so good... It's really beautiful!"

Mechanic: Resurrection, directed by Dennis Gansel, hits U.S. movie theatres on Friday (26Aug16).

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