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Michael Fassbender says fighting Gina Carano in “Haywire” is a freeing experience

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Haywire” hits theaters this weekend, bringing director Steven Soderbergh’s vision for a hard-hitting action movie to life and marking the debut of professional fighter Gina Carano in a starring role.

Lauded for its unique approach to violent encounters, “Haywire” offers up one of its best brawls when Carano and co-star Michael Fassbender go toe-to-toe in a hotel room, beating each other senseless in a brutal sequence that showcases its star’s formidable talent as a butt-kicking MMA specialist.

IFC had a chance to speak with Fassbender about the scene, which puts him up close and personal with Carano’s fists, feet, and, well… other body parts.

“The thing is, I’m not going to hurt Gina, she’s going to hurt me if it’s going to be anyone that’s going to go down,” laughed Fassbender when we asked whether he approached the fight scene any differently knowing that he was facing a female partner.

“But what I did know was that I was working with a partner who was very physically adept,” he continued. “She’s got great control physically and obviously she knows her body very well. She’s well-coordinated, so then you can actually go further than you might be able to do with somebody who’s not as talented as her or as experienced as her as a fighter. It actually gives you more freedom, so the fact she was a girl didn’t bother me, because I knew she could handle herself.”

And as Carano proves time and time again throughout the film, handling herself in a fight is something she certainly can do — but Fassbender was quick to point out that there’s still some movie magic when it comes to portraying any fights (even if they involve an MMA pro) to the screen.

“If I’m doing a scene like that, my aim and my goal and what I enjoy about doing fight sequences like that, is that there is a control element to it, but it looks out-of-control — and that’s the fun part for me,” he explained. “It’s making it look as chaotic as possible, but it’s actually in a very controlled environment.”

“There has to be a level of focus and relaxation to it, and then like I say, it’s kind of a dance,” he added. “You don’t want it to look choreographed. [You want it to look] somewhat stylish, but also very messy. That’s what you’re looking for; that’s what makes it look so violent and vicious.”

For Fassbender — and perhaps for Soderbergh, too — “Haywire” serves as a throwback to ’60s and ’70s spy films that walked the line between romance and danger at every turn. Leaving the motives of its characters uncertain until the very last moment is all part of the plan, as he sees it.

“I wanted to have this sort of thing between the two characters where you don’t know whether they’re going to end up in bed or not,” he said. “That was the thing that I was sort of playing in the character — that there is a sort of sexual energy there, so you’re not expecting it to go down the way it does.”

“Haywire” hits theaters January 20, and stars Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, and Antonio Banderas. The film is directed by Steven Soderbergh.

What do you think of Steven Soderbergh’s decision to use a real fighter in “Haywire”? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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