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Luc Besson mashes sci-fi with thriller action

Published on Aug 20, 2014 12:30 PM
 
Luc Besson on why in Lucy the bad guys, led by Oldboy actor Choi Min Sik, are Koreans. Besson is seen here with the film’s lead Scarlett Johansson (both above). -- PHOTO: UNIVERSAL PICTURES

How does Scarlett Johansson, twice named the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine, audition for a role?

Writer-director Luc Besson says of his first meeting with the actress for the new thriller Lucy: "She was on time, she comes without make-up, she was very interested in the part and she asked a lot of questions.

"So she was serious about it. It was not like some stars coming to the meeting with lots of make-up and two hours late."

And so, Johansson landed the titular role of a woman who is able to tap into her brain's full potential after an accidental drug overdose.

 
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"Now, as soon as you make a villain, you get asked why is the villain Asian?... In the 2008 action thriller Taken, the villains were Albanians. A bunch of them came to see me and say, 'Why are the Albanians the villains in the film?'"

Luc Besson on why in Lucy the bad guys, led by Oldboy actor Choi Min Sik, are Koreans. Besson is seen here with the film's lead Scarlett Johansson

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