The Gray Man taught me about my strengths: Ana de Armas
Directed by Hollywood’s popular filmmaker duo Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, The Gray Man features Ana De Armas in the role of Agent Dani Miranda, a character she defines as someone who is “highly intelligent and sensitive”.
Playing a “vibrant independent woman” in Netflix’s latest action blockbuster The Gray Man required a working process, which Ana de Armas says familiarised the actor with her strengths.
Directed by Hollywood’s popular filmmaker duo Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, The Gray Man features De Armas in the role of Agent Dani Miranda, a character she defines as someone who is “highly intelligent and sensitive”.
“It was a working process. When I started training, the preparation for this film was quite long to my advantage. I think I started learning about myself, what I was best at and what were my strengths,” the 34-year-old actor told PTI in a virtual roundtable interview.
The film is an adaptation of Mark Greaney’s 2009 novel of the same name, which centres on CIA mercenary spy Sierra Six (Ryan Gosling) who accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets and becomes a primary target of his former colleague Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans) and other international assassins.
Dani becomes an unexpected ally to Six and saves him on more than one occasion in high-octane action sequences. To look the part, Ana de Armas said she spent a lot of time understanding both the physical and emotional aspects of her character.
“The Russos were not with me on training, so I would keep them posted about what I felt more comfortable doing, what was good and what was not. We started building the character that way and put more into the movie which I was good at,” she added.
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As part of her preparation, the Cuban-Spanish star also got the opportunity to connect with a real-life CIA agent. “She (Dani) works at the office, but she’s also in the field. So, it is a rare crossover happening there. I just wanted to have both sides of it, the physical and that hardcore military training and background. So, this character came into life in an organic and collaborative way,” she said.
Ana De Armas is no stranger to action movies, courtesy her stint in the latest James Bond film No Time To Die. But The Gray Man was a rare experience, the actor said, as she never went through such rigorous physical training for a film.