Rihanna talks cadet training for debut movie role

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  • The singer was 'drilled and sworn at' during gruelling training for her debut role in Battleships

    It seems feisty Rihanna may have met her match while training for her debut film Battleships, coming under fire from a real Naval officer.


    In preparation for the film, also starring Liam Neeson, the singer underwent real cadet boot camp sessions which included weightlifting, running around a ship, swimming and being sworn at by a drill sergeant.

    ‘One man drilled me, yelled at me, cursed me out, made me do push-ups,’ she told Fandango.

    ‘My best friend was there and I told her, “I’m about to do an 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 say ‘F you’ to her?”‘

    The Hard singer added that the tough training helped get her into character for her first movie role.

    ‘It got you really in the mentality, that’s the stuff that they go through; it’s not a walk in the park,’ she said. ‘I wanted to say ‘F you’ 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!”‘

    Rihanna also revealed that she wasn’t bothered by being the only woman on the film set, as it reminded her of her upbringing.

    ‘This is how I grew up; most of my friends were guys,’ she said. ‘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.’

    In Battleships, a fresh faced Rihanna has swapped the skimpy outfits and long red locks for a brunette cropped ‘do and camouflaged uniform.

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