‘Kate’ is a Netflix action film that stars actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the titular protagonist. The story follows her after she is poisoned, using her skills as an assassin to search Tokyo for a cure. Reviews for the film have been mixed, but audiences seem to enjoy it, especially the action sequences.
Winstead recently spoke with Netflix about what drew her to the role of Kate and the grueling training needed to accomplish the stunts involved.
“I felt there was something really unusual about the script and the character in the sense that it was this really brutal, fierce action film, but there was something soft and emotional at its core that I really connected to,” she said of the role. “Kate has this tough outer shell, but there’s a soft girl inside. There’s a heart in there. She’s someone who’s been through terrible things. She’s poisoned, she’s dying, and it’s physically gross, but there’s still something beautiful underneath it all. And I thought that juxtaposition was really rare. Also to get to be that ugly and real and raw was something I found to be a really exciting prospect.”
Winstead explained, “Kate is actually the third film in a row where I’ve had to do heavy stunt work. The first one was Gemini Man and then Birds of Prey. So, this has really been an era in my life! I love working with the team at 87North. I’ve always loved stunt work, but they really took me to a different level and I just became incredibly comfortable in that world. They’re so positive, they’re your biggest cheerleaders, and they really want their actors to do it themselves. I felt really lucky to have the chance to do a little bit more with every film and take it a little bit further each time.”
“There was definitely a lot more gun action in this film than I’ve ever done before,” she continued. “I had a bit of gun training for Gemini Man and then for Birds of Prey, I used the crossbow and I didn’t actually do very much gun work in that one. So, I definitely had to step up my game. I trained at Taran Tactical in LA and had a great team of people in Thailand who were trained snipers in the military. They were on set every day and wouldn’t let me get away with anything that wasn’t correct, right down to the way you breathe when you’re pulling the trigger.”
You can watch the trailer here:
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