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Rihanna went to boot camp for Battleship
Rihanna was forced to undergo gruelling boot
camp sessions to prepare for her debut acting role in
The Umbrella hitmaker plays a tough cadet in
the film, based on the game of the same name, and trained for the
movie by running around a ship, swimming and weightlifting.
But Rihanna relished her demanding work-outs
- because they made her feel ready to portray a sailor.
She tells Fandango.com, "One man drilled me,
yelled at me, cursed me out, made me do push-ups... My best friend
was there and I told her, 'I'm about to do acting class. You're
gonna want to kill this man but please, just stay in the other
room.' She would come in and just look around and be like, 'Did he
just (swear) to her?'
"It got you really in the mentality, that's
the stuff that they go through; it's not a walk in the park. I
wanted to (swear) right back but he probably would have thrown me
through the window! I was so scared, I just looked at him like, I
swear I'll get it right, I'll be good!"
And Rihanna admits she had no problem being
the only woman in the cast, alongside Taylor Kitsch, Alexander
Skarsgard and Liam Neeson.
She adds, "This is how I grew up; most of my
friends were guys. In this case I'm one of the guys. I'm not
acknowledged as the female, no sympathy for me. She's tougher than
most guys on the ship; she walks with that swagger, gets that
respect... She doesn't like boys, doesn't like girls. She's just
about her weapons and her work."