Halle Berry is set to make her directorial debut in Netflix’s Bruised and she’s proving to be kick-ass in real life.
The actress shared that she broke two of her ribs on the first day of filming the movie. Stunt coordinator Eric Brown told Entertainment Weekly that it was a major injury.
“I told the director about it, they told the insurance. We had to shut down for months and it was a big ordeal,” Berry said. “On this, because it was an independent movie, we didn’t have a big budget. The director in me said, ‘I didn’t come this far and work this hard to go home.’ “
The 55-year-old also fractured her rib while recording John Wick 3 in 2019.
Bruised chronicles the story of MMA fighter, Jackie Justice, and was originally written for Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively.
Halle Berry spoke to EW about her directorial debut. “It was important to me that we make all the characters fractured and broken,” the “X-Men” star said. “Not making anybody bad or good but all shades of gray, all bruised in their way, and all fighting for their own kind of redemption and their own way of fighting to survive their circumstance.”
“I thought it was largely enough for one person to do, to take on this challenge of fighting and learning all these martial arts and playing that role,” Berry said, of stepping into the roles of both the actor and the director. “So I didn’t think I would be directing myself in my debut, ever … Initially, I think it did sound crazy to everybody.”
Bruised will premiere on Netflix Nov. 24.