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Matrix Reloaded - Jada Pinkett-Smith Q&A



Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. How do you think the sequels measure up to the first film?
A.
I think people have to remember that this is a continuation of "The Matrix", so there really is no comparison between the films. With the second and third you are going to see the original thought completed.

Q. Can you tell us about the appeal of being an action lady, the preparation for the role and consequently how you may have suffered, physically?
A.
Lucky for me, I didn’t suffer at all. I must just say that I am just blessed that the Wachowskis had no fear of basically putting an African-American woman in a position of power in a huge movie such as The Matrix. So that to me is just incredible - that I could be their interpretation of a heroine.
When you look at Niobe and when you look at Trinity, these guys have been able to write these heroines on a heroine's journey, not a hero's journey, which is why you’re able to connect with them in the way that we do. For me as an artist, it’s been absolutely explosive. But I had no injuries, thank goodness.

Q. So how tough physically was the role for you?
A.
It was great. It was a breeze for me, really. It really was. I had the movie role of a lifetime and a body that made my husband [Will Smith] very happy!

Q. Filming the sequel was a long process. Are you happy that it's over?
A.
It was really a wonderful experience. I really miss the day-to-day. The training was just great - being really able to just focus on my body in the weight room, and having the opportunity to work on the wires and kick ass!

 

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