The film stars Berry (who also makes her directorial debut) as a disgraced mixed martial arts fighter, Jackie Justice, who has to face one of the rising stars of the MMA world while juggling a complicated family life.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Berry said she broke two ribs on the first day of shooting, but that they were not the same ribs as she cracked filming the 2019 movie John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum. “When you break something, it calcifies and it’s stronger,” she told the publication. “You don’t usually break the same bones twice.”
Bruised stunt coordinator Eric Brown also told EW: “[It was] kind of a crazy injury. But that was just her intensity… Halle’s a special case. I’ve worked with tons of actors, and almost none of them have that kind of work ethic.”
Berry said that, when she sustained the injury filming John Wick, production shut down for months. Whereas this time around, “because it was an independent movie, we didn’t have a big budget”, so she took the decision not to halt filming.
Bruised is out on Netflix on 24 November.
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