In addition to directing her first film with Meurtrie, Halle Berry also stars. His trainer made him beg “for mercy” with his brutal fitness routine.
What fabric are champions made of? Coach Peter Lee Thomas explains how Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry prepared to play a seasoned fighter in her new Netflix movie, Murderous. Halle Berry first came to the other side of the camera with this redemption drama.
But the 55-year-old actress also gave her all to have a top physique and be credible as an MMA champion in front of the camera. Peter Lee Thomas, his longtime friend and trainer, explains how he enabled Halle Berry to prepare to be a war machine for the project.
His day began with two-hour conditioning sessions at 7:45 a.m., followed by mobility training and combat readiness. When he was in a teasing mood, he “was pushing vice until the actress begged for mercy“.
On the program: a 500-repetition challenge inspired by the Navy SEALs with squats, push-ups and leg raises, all ending with a one mile run (1.6 km). “I do it because I know that when she’s in the ring, face to face with a professional fighter, she has to go the distance.“he said to explain this radical training.
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As a bonus, Halle Berry has also adopted a paleo diet, more suited to combatants. “There is sweat equity“, he said in a somewhat cryptic manner.”You will see how physical and emotional intelligence intertwine.“he concludes in a philosophical tone.
The actress continued to shoot and fight even after breaking two ribs on the first day of filming. So Peter Lee Thomas modified the routines to reduce stress on the injured areas. But Halle Berry was not the only one to suffer for her art: “The title is Meurtrie“, he said,”so his partner also walked away with bruises and scratches“.
Halle Berry’s opponent in the film is played by Valentina Schevchenko, the current defending champion in the UFC flyweight division (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Halle Berry therefore had every interest in being in top form to face him …