Monday, May 17, 2010


As of today - still no script in hand. As I wait impatiently - I have been reading this blog written by a female marine that I have found fascinating to say the least.

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  1. Talk about impact women in film - was anybody NOT shocked and inspired when Linda Hamilton transformed herself from the first movie to the next - I mean in that second movie - when she was first onscreen - I REALLY believed - without one word ever coming out of her mouth - she had been through it all - was tough as nails - and on the run. And Demi - my goodness - her role in GI JANE - when she shaved her head - I remember going/feeling - this girl is getting ready to kick some ass. And Milla - one of the great actors that many feel is limited but - I absolutely do not. I think this actor brings it to every single performance. Every. Single. One. 5th Element - she blew me away with her acting - and in The Messenger - she blew the lid off of acting in that role - vulnerable and hard as nails - rolled into one - flawless performance. The other fem' that broke the mold with tough as nails performance - stealing the roles mostly written for men - is Sigourney Weaver as Ripley - if it came between Sigourney/Ripley and most of the leading men/roles of today to protect me in a crisis - I'd pick Ripley in a second!

  2. Yeah I agree about Ripley. I think the reason I love watching these woman in the roles of the badass is because underneath their tough exterior - they have that womanly compassion and inner strength. It just inspires me to no end - and not just as an actor but as a woman.

  3. The key - I think - for a role of a woman playing a badass - is NOT to play it as a man would - but rather a woman with both unique qualities - tough as nails - but - staying true to being a woman and all that entails. Which is unique - because a man - we've seen play the badass so many times - it's become a bit.... well - boring in my book.

  4. Yup I think you hit the nail on the head. I've seen a few movies where the woman seems like she's trying too hard to be "tough" and it just doesn't work. It comes across as fake.

  5. I can't think of anymore strong women roles at the moment, just taking a break from harvesting my lawn.

    As for "traits" that would help you with your role, I wish we were closer together because I could help you out with this. Do you know any martial arts instructors or high ranking martial artists? In martial arts training you are pushed beyond what you would ever do yourself. I don't know how similar it is to military pushing because I have never been in the military, but I can tell you from experience; you truely cannot know what you are capable of until someone pushes you to your actual limit instead of the limit you believe you have.

    Because of martial arts training I achieved many things I never thought possible. In the end I pushed myself to see just how far past "I'm going to drop dead" I could go. It took another 30 minutes of giving all I had before my body fought back and started "canceling" operations. I'll never do it again, but I know where that point is now, and you would never believe how far that is for yourself.

    I recommend that you get with a martial artist or instructor and tell him or her to push you. You will definately learn something. Do exactly what they tell you to do. They have already been where they are taking you and know exactly what you are experiencing. You wil learn to reach deep and find something in you that you didn't know was there.

    You will find your true limit. Your true limit is when you give everything you have to move and it doesn't happen. It has to happen, you cannot "feel like" it is the end. It is the end when it stops, not when you feel you need to stop.

    A tough woman, a really tough woman, will know this.