Milla Jovovich talks 'The Three Musketeers' stunts: 'I'm going to do as much as I can on my own'
Mila Jovovich stars in the latest film adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas tale, "The Three Musketeers," as Milady de Winter and the action stars says that although stunt work can be tricky, she'd prefer to do some of the work on her own.
"The important thing about stunt sequences is that the audience gets to see your face while you're doing them and if we shoot the sequence so you do see my face, I'm going to do the stunt myself," Jovovich said in an interview provided by Summit Entertainment. "If there's no way to see my face, because it's fast and rolling and moving, there's no point in me doing it and potentially risking hurting myself or something dangerous."
"I love to do my own stunts and that's something that I'm very well known for, something my fans love about watching my movies, so I'm going to do as much as I can on my own," she added. "The sword stuff I'll definitely doing. "
The novel is about of a young man named D'Artagnan, played by Logan Lerman, who travels to Paris to become a fighter sworn to protect the French monarchy. De Winter, who, alongside Christoph Waltz as Cardinal Richelieu and Orlando Bloom as the Duke of Buckingham, plans to engulf Europe in a war. The movie also stars Matthew Macfayden, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans as the titular Three Musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis.
Jovovich said although her character is in the 17th century, she has a modern twist to her that Jovovich admires and respects.
"I look at her as really one of the most modern women in literature," the actress said. "You know, she's incredibly smart and single, living in a man's world and dealing with men and she's respectable."
"She can go out of different worlds, different societies and she gets away with it," she added. "It takes a very smart, strong woman to be able to navigate a man's world, especially in the 17th century, in days when men could put away their wives if they spoke back to them."
Jovovich continued, "To be a woman that's smart enough and strong enough to manipulate these men and be on their level, even better than they are. It takes a lot of accomplishment and so, I have a lot of respect for her. "
"The Three Musketeers" novel written by Alexandre Dumas has had several film adaptations in the past including a 1948 film with Gene Kelly and a 1993 version starring Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland and Chris O'Donnell.
Jovovich acknowledges that the film has had a variety of versions hit the silver screen but insists, "This is definitely a version of 'The Musketeers' that isn't your parent's version, it isn't your grandparent's version, it really is the new generation of 'Three Musketeers.'"
"The Three Musketeers" was directed by Jovovich's husband and "Resident Evil" helmer Paul W.S. Anderson. The film was shot in -D and was released on October 21.
Check out the trailer for "The Three Musketeers" below.