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Old 12-09-2010, 11:14 AM
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I've noticed since watching the film multiple times that we never got to see Neytiri engage in hand-to-hand fighting. Yet, from interviews and news articles about the preparation Zoe undertook, she spent considerable time training in martial arts (you can see a brief clip of this in the Filming Avatar special documentary in the CE package). If there are any combat scenes in Avatar 2 and 3, I would definitely want to see her getting down to using her fists and legs. I certainly want her to maintain her badass-ness.

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“It [English with Na'vi accent] was harder than anything,” she said. “The martial arts, the kicking, the archery, the riding the horse without a saddle — that was all a piece of cake!”

Preparing for the role required months of physical training, including an intensive course in wushu, a martial arts discipline Jet Li is known for. Saldana says it helped define the grace and agility of the Na’vi, who navigate the tangled forests of Pandora with catlike ease. Even though Neytiri is the daughter of the tribal chief, she’s also a skilled hunter and ferocious fighter. Then again, Cameron is known for featuring tough, buffed women in his films.

“I saw ‘Terminator,’ I think, when I was 6 years old,” Saldana said. “I wanted to be Sarah Conner. I wanted to be Ellen Ripley [in ‘Aliens’] more than any fairy tale princess.”
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She fights Tsu'tey and the viperwolves , but I think it was more in terms of to learn how to move differently as Neytiri than a human would. Although seeing her rip Selfridge's head off would be so satisfying
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Old 12-10-2010, 04:52 AM
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Yeah, I think a lot of it was about how to move around as a fierce yet graceful Na'vi. Compare that with Jake/Sam's marine training and how he moves around, even though Jake actually is a marine in the story.

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I just imagined Neytiri literally ripping off Selfridge's head and went all
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:16 PM
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Although seeing her rip Selfridge's head off would be so satisfying
I like but watch him squirm first though lol
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Old 12-29-2010, 01:25 AM
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i would love to see Neytiri and Colonel Coffeecup in a fight to the death ring,something like the kumite,she would so slaugter that bastard,and put his head on a stick,lord of the flies-style!!! Forest Goddess for the win,hands down.
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She fights Tsu'tey and the viperwolves , but I think it was more in terms of to learn how to move differently as Neytiri than a human would. Although seeing her rip Selfridge's head off would be so satisfying
hah funny that you mention it, I saw it today and was thinking that when she jumps on Tsutey and throws him away from Jake, that move is actually pretty impressive. I don't think I'd be able to do that lol, at least not without beating up my back. I wonder if Zoe had any help from cords or whatever.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:13 PM
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It's all to do with using the other person's momentum against them so the actual effort on your part is reduced.
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yeah but still... could you do it like that?
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