Axelle Carolyn: A New Kind of Action Star
Axelle Carolyn wants to change all that.
In her new movie, Centurion, she plays Aeron, a Second Century Pict (Scottish) warrior using any means necessary to kill the Roman soldiers who have invaded her country and drive them back to where they came from.
â€œIt took a lot to prepare for the film. There was fight training and stunt training and horseback riding lessons, but for me the most important thing was just getting in shape so I would be able to survive the whole thing,â€ she said. â€œI was there (on the set) every day, all day, for 6 weeks and most of it was on a horse doing something really physical. We shot on a mountain, so the altitude was high and it was extremely cold. It was hard to breathe, let alone fight.â€
Whatever hardships she faced on location, Carolyn channeled into her performance as the vicious warrior, a woman who struts through the gore of the battlefield like a supermodel walking down the catwalk at a fashion shoot.
â€œPeople talk so much crap, especially on the internet, about women fighting in action movies. The Romans are well trained and well armed. Why run away from me on the battlefield?â€ she said. â€œI made sure in every scene that the Romans â€“ and the audience — knew I was someone they should be scared of. Even though I’m a girl and I may not look particularly strong, the appearance of my character and her behavior was to show that she could fight anyone who stood in her way. Her whole attitude was, â€œI know what I’m doing and I know where to hit you to either bring you down of kill you. And if you take my hatchet or bow I’m going to bite you.â€
Centurion opens in limited release on Friday, Aug. 27.