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THE MOVIE: Ultraviolet

Milla Jovovich • Cameron Bright • William Fichtner
DIRECTOR: Kurt Wimmer

Milla Jovovich as Violet THE CONCEPT:
In the late 21st Century, a subculture of Humans has emerged with a genetic mutation causing enhanced speed, incredible stamina and acute intelligence. The government sets out to destroy them, but one woman is determined that that won’t happen. The ultra-lethal Violet, a master at martial arts, becomes a rogue warrior bent on protecting her new race – and seeking revenge on those who created it.

U.S. RELEASE: March 3 2006, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


Kurt Wimmer wrote this for you, was there a lot of pressure because of that?

“No, that was wonderful. I felt more pressure having to learn all the sword fighting, because that was something new for me. But to feel like somebody cared enough and respected you enough to do this was awesome.”

Do you see yourself as a role model for female fans?

“I think so because there are so many amazing martial arts in this movie. I think women really have to do martial arts because they don’t need to be strong. It’s really about being fast and using other people’s strength against them. So it’s a perfect sport for women. You get in great shape. It’s fun, so you don’t feel the time go by. It’s not like the stairmaster. I really recommend it, so I think it would be great for someone like Violet to be a role model.”

Did you get hurt doing any of the stunts?

“Definitely, we got hurt all the time, but the worst that I got hurt, like drawing blood, I hurt myself actually. I was spinning the sword really fast, and I stabbed this guy and I ended up stabbing myself in the leg, and there was blood everywhere. The doctor came on the set and took me back to the dressing room, and I’m thinking, ‘I need to get help. I need a million stitches,’ and they’re like, ‘No, here’s a band aid.’ In America I’d be in the emergency room with a paper cut, but in China, where we filmed, it’s a different culture completely.”

Visually in Ultraviolet is there one fight sequence that stands out?

“The flaming sword fight was insane, because I was really fighting with the sword that was on fire, so that was pretty incredible, because you had to do all these really close call kind of moves where the sword is swinging really close to you, and very fast, and on fire, so that was pretty cool.”

The stunt men said you were so good you could probably handle yourself well in a fight for real.

“They’re lying. Mike Smith [the fight coordinator] told me straight out, ‘Don’t ever try this in public. If you ever get into a situation where someone is coming up to you, if you can get a good punch in, okay, and then run! I don’t want to ever hear or see you doing any Ultraviolet stuff on the street!’”

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