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How Taraji P. Henson Get Stunt Moves Tight for Proud Mary

Enough was movie a while back that starred Jennifer Lopez  where in order to protect her and her daughter from an abusive husband she learned self-defense.  I always wondered what taking a class like that would look and feel like.  It was terrifying and empowering all at the same time.  Armed with some wicked allergies, a metal knee and enthusiasm, I popped into Shield Women’s Self Defense in Culver City, CA to learn the same moves taught to Taraji P. Henson for her latest Sony Pictures release of Proud Mary.  Eternally grateful for the knowledge I am now armed with…y’all better watch out… a new Curvy Superhero is on the horizon…LOL. Here’ a little video of what went down…

I also got a chance to chat with stunt woman Cheryl Lewis…check it out…

CULVER CITY, Calif. (February 26, 2018) – Fans will see Academy Award® nominee 
(Best Supporting Actress, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008) and three-time  Emmy® Award nominee (“Empire”) Taraji P. Henson as she’s never been seen before in the action-packed gritty crime thriller PROUD MARY. Henson explodes in the title role, playing a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses during a professional hit. Billy Brown (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Jahi Di’Allo Winston (The Upside), Danny Glover (Shooter, Lethal Weapon) and Neal McDonough (“Legends of Tomorrow”) also star in the film that blasts onto digital March 27 and Blu-ray and DVD April 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The digital, Blu-ray and DVD releases of PROUD MARY include three behind-the-scene featurettes. “Mary’s World” unlocks some of the mystery behind all things “Mary,” with the cast and filmmakers weighing in on Taraji P. Henson’s kick-ass turn as the assassin nobody sees coming and shows some of the tools of her trade that let everyone know this is one woman you don’t want to accidentally cross. “The Beginning of The End” dives deep into the film’s final set piece with interviews on Mary’s signature battle to sever her ties from her former life once and for all. Lastly, not only is Mary about the best there is in the world of hit people … she looks good doing it. “If Looks Could Kill” explores Mary’s signature look and killer style, from her Maserati to the clothes and wigs that become her metaphorical armor.
Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses during a professional hit.
Directed by Babak Najafi with a screenplay by John Stuart Newman & Christian Swegal and Steven Antin and a story by John Stuart Newman & Christian Swegal, PROUD MARY was produced by Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan, with Glenn S. Gainor and Taraji P. Henson as 
executive producers.
Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Materials Include:
  • Three Featurettes:
    • “Mary’s World”
    • “The Beginning of The End”
    • “If Looks Could Kill”
PROUD MARY has a run time of approximately 89 minutes and is rated R for violence and is available for streaming and purchase NOW!!!

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