“Men [directors] approach action in a
certain way, and it’s an inherited tradition of how to approach action, which
is a slightly stoic engagement with violence. There’s a sense of glorification
about it because it’s such a kind of masculine pastime in a way. And so,
there’s something celebratory about it. And I think that Gina, Charlize
and KiKi approached action and violence in a completely different way.
They approach it as part of storytelling, as part of engagement with narrative
and engagement with character. And in that way, it’s not like the film stops
and then you have an action sequence. It’s like the film continues through the
action sequences. It’s much more complex, in a way, than the relationship that
I normally find directors have with action sequences. It’s very hands-on and
very engaged with because it’s telling a slightly different story. And I think
that’s probably because the relationship to violence is different for a lot of
women than it is for men.“ -Chiwetel Ejiofor