Jennifer Garner has kicked ass her total profession. On the TV collection “Alias,” she subdued European villains carrying skintight garments and a sizzling pink wig; In “Elektra,” the actress grew to become a sword-wielding superhero.
However for the brand new film “Peppermint,” wherein Garner performs a mother who will get bloody revenge for the loss of life of her husband and daughter, the 46-year-old star wanted to be taught a brand new type of fight.
“[Director] Pierre Morel, he stated to me, ‘Man, I don’t wanna see all this kung fu, karate stuff. I wanna see stuff that’s streetwise,’ ” stunt coordinator Keith Woulard tells The Put up. “And me being from Chicago, I do know loads of avenue stuff.”
Woulard had labored with Garner in 2007 on the motion thriller “The Kingdom,” and whereas that movie didn’t embody the spherical kicks and karate chops of the actress’s earlier work, her character was nonetheless a skilled FBI agent. “Peppermint” wanted true grit.
“As quickly as we acquired collectively once more on this movie ‘Peppermint,’ she was, like, ‘Train me some new stuff,’ ” Woulard says. So, the stuntman and his staff skilled Garner thrice per week, 4 hours a day for a few month. Often she would name them on a whim to cease by her home for extra observe.
The fights, Woulard says, have been created improvisationally with Garner’s assist.
“We’d undergo totally different strikes, totally different strategies. And we might play roles. We’d run up on her and go, ‘What would you do?’ ” The staff would then movie the ultimate product and current their creation to Morel, greatest recognized for guiding “Taken.”
“And Pierre would go ‘Oh, that’s dangerous . . . badass!’ ” Woulard says.
One other key participant within the fight of “Peppermint” is Garner’s long-time stunt double Shauna Duggins. The 2 have repeatedly labored collectively since “Alias” premiered in 2001.
“There’s a belief there, and a mutual respect,” says Duggins, who final doubled Garner in “The Kingdom.” “When she referred to as and stated, ‘I’m gonna do one other motion film,’ I used to be over the moon.”
Garner, Duggins provides, does greater than 90 p.c of her personal stunts. The stunt double solely steps in if the chance turns into too nice, equivalent to when the actress’s physique must land on concrete.
“[Garner] was already in phenomenal form, so it was simply studying a unique fashion,” Duggins says. “She boxed loads. We did loads of coaching along with her with knees, with elbows . . . disarming weapons after which utilizing the weapons — whether or not it’s her personal or their gun — as a weapon.”
Considered one of Woulard’s favourite fights takes place early within the movie, behind the wheel. “We requested [Garner], ‘What would you do in a automotive?’ ” the coordinator says. “You’ve acquired a person with a knife, you’ve acquired a person throwing punches. You could be taught blocking, you might want to be taught countering. We went again and again and over it.”
The result’s a brutal, in-your-face battle that leaves one particular person alive.
“When she will get out [of the car] you are feeling her ache,” says Duggins.