Producer Luc Besson is well known for his films featuring strong, powerful, but emotionally damaged women. The latest entry in this oeuvre is Colombi
Besson wrote the screenplay with Robert Mark Kamen â âmy accomplice since The Fifth Element,â he notes â for the full-on action movie with a feminine hero. âIt is a continuation of Nikita and LĂ©on,â he explains. âI have often created bruised feminine characters in disagreement with the society in which they are forced to live. Their everyday life is usually caught between love and violence, which will make each of these women striking heroines. I found it degrading for women to be considered âthe weaker sex,â and itâs important to me to give them beautiful roles. I wanted to investigate and to take as far as possible the psychology of the central figure. Colombiana tells the rich and moving story of a heroine, which still remains rare in action movies.â
To prepare for the role, Saldana says she went to Luc Besson film school. âI watched La Femme Nikita and LĂ©on and The Fifth Element repeatedly, because I wanted to understand what all of these women have in common,â she says. âIn the end, what they have in common, of course, is the Luc Besson factor. Itâs like theyâre a composition of one individual, but at different stages of their lives. I wanted to see if it was possible to create another extension of this individual, but layering it to make it unique and completely autonomous.â
Saldana says that she has been fortunate to work with filmmakers, like Besson, who take extra care with the female roles in their films. âYouâre never one-dimensional or âthe chick in the flickâ â they envision and then write female characters that resemble the women in their lives. I get the impression that Luc must
Besson further explains that he enjoys turning the sexual politics of action films on its head. âI find it interesting to explore the âmanlinessâ in female characters and the femininity in men,â he says. âThe same story with a man would not have attracted me.â
âColombianaâ is available starting Dec. 20 on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.
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