Halle Berry broke 2 ribs playing MMA fighter in new Netflix movie ‘Bruised’

Halle Berry
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Halle Berry’s latest movie role was painful ... literally.

The Oscar-winning actress will make her directorial debut in the new film “Bruised,” in which she also portrays a fictional disgraced MMA artist named Jackie Justice.

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In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 54-year-old revealed she broke two ribs on the first day of filming. While that is enough to sideline any mere mortal, Berry pushed through and noted they weren’t the same ribs she previously injured while filming “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.”

"When you break something, it calcifies and it's stronger,” she told the outlet.  “You don't usually break the same bones twice.”

Berry also shared how her experience getting hurt on “John Wick” and her new role behind the camera shaped her attitude to continue working through her physical discomfort so as not to halt production on “Bruised.”

"I told the [John Wick] director about it, they told the insurance. We had to shut down for months and it was a big ordeal,” she recounted. “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 film’s stunt coordinator, Eric Brown, said Berry’s determination was beyond impressive.

“[It was] kind of a crazy injury. But that was just her intensity,” Brown told the magazine. “Halle’s a special case. I’ve worked with tons of actors, and almost none of them have that kind of work ethic.”

Despite her veteran status in Hollywood, Berry wasn’t the first choice for the lead role or to direct. “Bruised” was initially intended to star Blake Lively with Nick Cassavetes (“The Notebook”) at the helm.

"They gave me the script and I loved the story, but it was written for a twentysomething Irish Catholic white woman," Berry admitted.

"I couldn't get it out of my mind, so I thought, is it possible that this could be reimagined for someone like me? Because I think I have a take on it that could actually work — making it about a middle-aged Black woman, someone fighting for a last chance rather than another chance. When you're young we all get chances, they're a dime a dozen. But when you're at a certain stage in life it becomes something more impactful and meaningful, right?”

Berry would soon become a contender for both positions.

“So about six months later when [Lively] decided in her own time that it wasn't for her, I went to the producer, Basil Iwanyk, who I'd just done John Wick 3 with, and gave him my pitch,” she recounted.

“And he said, 'Great, we love that idea. Now go find a director.'"

“Bruised” will start streaming Nov. 24th on Netflix.

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