As much as we like to think, Actors don’t automatically know martial arts.
There’s no programming like there is in the Matrix, it takes work. In ‘The Old Guard’, Charlize Theron plays Amy, a girl who’s been alive for thousands of years and mastered many forms of combat. Unfortunately for Charlize, she doesn’t have that luxury, so it takes a team to train her and get it right, and trust me, if they don’t get it right they will hear about it.
In the above interview, Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne talk about the training that went into the prep before they were even on camera.
‘The Old Guard’ is available on NETFLIX now.