Made In Chelsea's Binky and Lucy talk girl power as they're put through their paces on combat training course
Exclusive interview with Binky and Lucy: Combat training with the girls plus the DVD release of The Heat.
By Maria Nichol | Yahoo Contributor Network – Thu, Nov 28, 2013 16:37 GMT
As 'The Heat' hit DVD shelves on Friday, I got the opportunity to attend a special female cop combat training day alongside stars of 'Made in Chelsea' Lucy Watson and Alexandra Felstead (Binky) in celebration of the film's release.
The highly-anticipated training day began in a top secret underground location in central London, where we were told we would be taking part in a number of hardcore unarmed combat exercises. As a big fan of the film, I couldn't wait to immerse myself in the characters and learn more about what it takes to become a tough Hollywood female cop! We were firstly briefed on the activities we were to participate in, and the instructor managed to instil some fear with his past stories of police interrogation methods and combat training.
Refusing to be shaken, we kept things simple and started with the basics. Mastering how to get out of the iron grip of an attacker we couldn't help but laugh at some of our attempts as a girly group - especially when the 'kick them in the nether regions!' moment came around.
Whilst being taught how to carry out these moves, we were shown how the characters themselves would have implemented them. Conservative and straight-laced cop Sarah Ashburn (played by Sandra Bullock) would, for example, follow strict police codes, where as her partner, Shannon Mulins (played by Melissa McCarthy), would have thrown the rule book away and committed to flinging herself at a suspect. Having stepped into both of their shoes, I definitely saw myself as more of a Sarah Ashburn, much to my disappointment.
Taking part in the blank firing of a pistol was both the most exciting part of the day, but also the part I was most apprehensive about. Donning our eye protection, Binky and Lucy went first as they moved through a room that was set up with static targets they were meant to aim and shoot at. The gun shots were ear-splittingly loud and certainly got the adrenaline pumping! As I squeamishly took my go, I managed to hit the targets and it certainly was a brilliant ending to an electrifying day of combat training and more. Hollywood, watch out!
MIC's Lucy and Binky took place in cop girl training to coincide with The Heat's release on Blu-ray and DVD.
After the combat training concluded, I managed to grab Binky and Lucy for a few minutes to ask them some questions about the experience and why they decided to get involved.
What made you decide to take part in the day?
Lucy: "When I was younger I had a spy kit, and I have always loved movies with detectives and spies.. I like to think of myself as a spy as well!"
What was your favourite move that you learnt today?
Lucy: "My favourite move what probably how to get out of a head lock because Binky head locks me regularly on set."
Which cop from the film did you identify with most?
Binky: "Definitely Melissa McCarthy's mad cop character!"
Combat is all about self defense and facing your fears, do you have any personal fears?
Lucy: "Being in the public eye, there are people who like you, and people who don't. Being in a confined space with someone who doesn't would be quite scary."
Binky: "I hate being chased up stairs, or just being chased full stop. I did self defense at school which was really fun and I think every girl should do it because it could come in handy one day!"
If you could perform one of the moves learnt today on any cast member of Made In Chelsea, who would it be?
Binky: "Probably Alex [Mytton], I can wrestle, it's fun and I always beat him!"
The Heat is all about girl power. Do you think it has an important message for women?
Lucy: "Yeah! I don't think all films need to be about men.. it's a job anyone can do and it's nice to see women taking down men, definitely!"
Binky: "Yes! Girl power all the way. It's good that girls are proven to be strong, and just as good as boys."
The Heat is available on DHD, Blu-ray and DVD on 25 November, 2013 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.