While many will label Aeon Flux her first action role, Theron herself fondly remembers The Italian Job as her introduction to the genre. The film was her first experience doing her own stunts.
Unfortunately, the film also sticks out in Theron’s mind as an early experience with sexism in the entertainment industry.
The Italian Job, a heist flick, relies heavily on driving action sequences. Filmmakers wanted the main cast to handle as much of the driving themselves as possible. As such, each of them had to complete stunt driving training. Theron discussed the experiencing during a Comic-Con@Home panel Friday.
“There was a very unfair process that went with that,” Theron recalled. “I was the only woman with a bunch of guys. And I remember vividly getting the schedule in our pre-production and they had scheduled me for six weeks more car training than any of the guys. It was so insulting.”
Still, Theron wouldn’t be held back by the decision.
“It put a real fire under my ass. I made it a point to out-drive all of those guys,” she laughed. “I was very proud of the stunt work we did in that.”
She went on to say, “I did a stunt in that movie where I do a reverse 360 – or maybe 180 – in a warehouse, with props everywhere and people, and I did that completely on my own.”
You can watch Theron discuss The Italian Job and her other feature film roles in her Comic-Con@Home panel below.
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