By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox
There's only one woman in Max Payne's life who doesn't die. Assassin Mona Sax teams up with Payne to bring down the drug dealers whose minions killed both of their loved ones. Mila Kunis plays Mona, and learned to hold her own with all the tough guys in the film.
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"I am so not a tough person," Kunis said. "Yeah, it's a little hard but I'm used to, from [That] '70s [Show], being around so many boys all the time. I'm used to a different relationship. I'm just more used to being picked on and being like ha ha and just more funny versus trying to kick ass and pretend like I'm really tough and know what I'm doing. I never had to do that in life. This was definitely the first time ever where I was like okay, this is very strange and very unknown territory to me but I liked it because it was such a challenge but I did, I liked it a lot."
That change of pace is what sold the comedian on an action film. "I just really wanted to beat Mark [Wahlberg] up and I did and it was really great. It was really empowering. I got a lot of my anger out and angst and yeah, that’s it. I'm a method actress. So I took my job very seriously. I insisted on practicing a lot."
Like most movie assassins, Kunis had to wear an impractical, yet aesthetically pleasing, wardrobe. "I hated the clothes so much. The clothes sucked. Oh my God, it was awful. Mark was like bundled up in jackets and wet suits and coats and turtlenecks and I was in a leather bustier and black pants and 5 inch heels. The heels sucked. Oh my God, it was awful. And like five inches of snow in five inch heels, you can't look sexy and you can't look like you know what you're doing because you're fall and I'm klutzy. It's bad."
Kunis did learn how to shoot those guns for real. "What made me feel empowered was the gun, not the clothes. Like if I had the gun, it didn't matter what your size was, what your stature was. As long as I was holding the weapon, I win so that was really great. I enjoyed the guns and I enjoyed the training a lot. I had weapons safety and then [director] John [Moore] for some reason made me learn how to take an MK5H apart and put it back together blindfolded. I really don’t know why but I now know how to do that in case anyone wants it. I liked shooting the gun a lot more than I thought I would. I think I like that."