Halle Berry put her blood, sweat, and tears (literally) into her MMA film, and she can’t wait to share it with the world.
The iconic actress announced that her film, “Bruised,” will stream on screens worldwide on Thursday, August 5. Not only does Berry star as a fighter in the film, but it is her directorial debut. She shared a few behind-the-scenes snaps of herself and cinematographer Frankie DeMarco in the cage planning out some scenes. It is really cool to see Halle all decked out in MMA gear! She gave a special shoutout to the UFC and professed her love for the brutal yet beautiful sport.
“After three years in the making, I am THRILLED to finally announce ‘Bruised’ is coming to @netflix globally Wednesday, Nov. 24. This project is so special to me, not only because it’s my directorial debut, but because the fight game — especially MMA — is a sport that I absolutely love and a genre that has always been winning. Everyone loves to root for the underdog, as we’ve all been there,” Halle wrote. “Thank you @ufc and @invictafc for all of your support.”
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Halle Was Hospitalized
Berry isn’t just pretending to be a fighter; she full-on submersed herself in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. So much so that she experienced a real taste of the trials and tribulations of the professionals, including a scary trip to the hospital. She was injured on set while filming in New Jersey in November of 2019. The production was stalled while Halle recovered, but it wasn’t revealed what exactly happened.
“Halle got slightly injured in the fight,” Brian Pitt, the executive producer of “Bruised”, told NJ Advance Media at the time. “She’s tired. She needed a break.”
Star And Director
Halle plays Jackie an MMA fighter who fights under the name, “Justice.” Her character is going through a hard time and has to get her life back together so she can regain custody of her young son. Of course, she goes about it the only way she knows how, by kicking serious butt. She started training for the film in May 2019 and explained why she is in love with the project.
“It’s a movie about a woman who once had a promising MMA career, she was going up the ranks of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), and then something unthinkable happened that derailed her career, and we find her five years later, and she has to make her way back. It’s a movie I’m extremely passionate about. It has a wonderful message. I think it’s a message that women need to hear,” she told Entertainment Weekly.