Theatrical tradition says the way to wish an actor good luck is to suggest they “break a leg.” Julie Benz may start a new tradition. In the future, the new saying will be “bruise a rib.”
This painful sounding salute comes out of what happened to Benz during the filming of Rambo 4.
The fourth film in the Sylvester Stallone franchise puts outcast John Rambo back in the role of military savior. His latest mission is to rescue a group of missionaries – that’s where Benz comes in – who have been captured in Burma.
“It was really just a mild stunt,” says the actress. “There was a scene where he (Rambo) was supposed to jump on top of me to protect me. All 200 pounds landed on me.”
It’s about her (fictional) taste in men …
She started out dating a 250-year-old reformed vampire. Then she shacked up with a serial killer. She can currently be found in the jungles of Thailand, keeping company with a muscle-bound, monosyllabic mercenary. In September, she’ll be riding shotgun with a homicidal comic-book vigilante.
On the other hand, she never has to worry about getting mugged.
“I think I’m just attracted to dangerous men,” laughs Julie Benz of these risqué relationships – on television, with former Buffy beau Angel and the serial sociopath Dexter, and in the movies, currently, with Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo and, later, Rome ruffian Ray Stevenson playing the second screen incarnation of The Punisher.
Julie Benz, who co-stars in the upcoming sequel film Punisher: War Zone, told SCI FI Wire that she plays the wife of an FBI agent who is murdered.
“The bad guys are after her, and the Punisher tries to save her,” Benz said in an interview. “She’s a single mother now, who lives with a young daughter. And she’s definitely tougher than Sarah [Benz’s missionary character in Rambo]. She’s got some guts to her.”
In War Zone, Benz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter) plays Angela opposite Rome‘s Ray Stevenson, who play Frank Castle/the Punisher. The film also stars The Wire‘s Dominic West as Jigsaw, Doug Hutchison as Looney Bin Jim and Dash Mihok as Detective Soap.
“It’s directed by Lexi Alexander [Hooligans],” Benz said. “It’s one of the first times I’ve gotten to work with a female director. I was very excited about that. Also, for me, I get to do my first accent. I’m doing a New York accent.”
War Zone also marks Benz’s first comic-book movie (like its predecessor films, War Zone is based on the Marvel Comics franchise).
“To be a part of a comic-book movie was very exciting,” Benz said. “And it’s also headed up by Ray Stevenson and Dominic West, who are both actors whose work I’ve admired.”