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Emily Browning is Babydoll in ‘Sucker Punch’

Australian actress Emily Browning (“Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events”) takes on the role of Babydoll, a young woman determined to be free at all costs, in Warner Bros.' new epic, action fantasy “Sucker Punch.”


Directed by Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”), “Sucker Punch” takes us into the vivid imagination of Babydoll who has been locked away against her will, but has not lost her will to survive. Her dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.

“The words ‘baby doll’ make you immediately think of something really fragile,” Browning says, “but she’s not at all. That’s what was so cool to me about this character—she’s actually pretty tough, with an unexpected stoicism.”

Delving inside Babydoll’s psyche led Browning to discover what might have influenced her and made her so resilient.

“I think the people in her fantasies represent her experiences, the oppression she has had to put up with throughout her life. She has this almost simplistic view of the good guys and the bad guys, the bad guys being men like her stepfather and, later, some of the monsters in her fantasies. And the Wise Man in her dreams represents the ideal father figure, strong but really caring and able to guide her and help her make the right choices.”

“Babydoll symbolizes that transition between thinking like a child and thinking like an adult, when your perception of the world changes,” Zack Snyder says. “She is a warrior, both delicate and strong at the same moment, and Emily really personified everything I had envisioned about Babydoll. She has this mystic, timeless, almost unquantifiable look and completely brought the character to life for me.”

Browning felt the full support of Snyder as she worked to embody a character so dear to him. “Zack obviously had a clear vision and knew exactly what he wanted, but at the same time he was really collaborative and was totally open to other ideas,” she notes. “He always wanted to make sure that I was happy with my performance.”

Prior to filming, Browning had to prepare for the physical challenges presented by the demanding action sequences in the script. She found herself pushed to her limits in the capable hands of stunt coordinator and action designer Damon Caro and training coordinator Logan Hood, both of whom had previously worked with Zack Snyder on “300.” Caro supervised her martial arts, fight and weapons training, while Hood oversaw her general body conditioning.

Because Browning had to expertly handle multiple weapons simultaneously, the right-handed actress had to learn to shoot with her left hand so she could brandish a sword in her dominant hand. She relates that she felt especially empowered by the weapons training. “Learning to fight with Damon and the boys was the most fun I’ve had preparing for a film. The fact that I can wield a sword and fire a gun like it’s second-nature is a little scary but also pretty cool in a really unexpected way.”

Opening worldwide beginning Friday, March 25, “Sucker Punch” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

8 Comments on Emily Browning is Babydoll in ‘Sucker Punch’

  1. alex g: How would you equate a Decline in Ads, Cheap Awards, Flop Movie Gross & Poor Artists' Endorsements, from a high ratings (daw!?) claimed by gozon? // March 21, 2011 at 1:49 am //

    Cheating & Data Tampering, Desperate Publicity, Mind Conditioning, Mislead Info’s, Rating Manipulations, etc.
    8-)

  2. alex g: Did you know that gma7 was always the first channel that SIGNS-OFF the tv? And terminated by KBP for Television Code violations? Did you also know that AGB Nielsen Media Research has a pending case here & abroad? // March 21, 2011 at 1:48 am //

    Early Signing-Off, Cost Cutting, Debt Increase & Financial Crisis.
    Words that best describes gma.
    8-)

  3. alex g: What happened to the Titan Plugs of gma? I think that's what you called, "FLOP to KARMA" or "KARMA to FLOP" scenario. // March 21, 2011 at 1:48 am //

    Pag d gawang gma, minsan nag re-rate.
    Pag gawang gma, basurang-basura.
    Bakit kaya?
    8-)

  4. alex g: gma artists/shows are equipped with Very Poor Acting Skills, kaya dinadaan na lang sa mga effects & fighting pose (how stupid). // March 21, 2011 at 1:48 am //

    Boboserye, Flopserye, Peryaserye, Pornoserye, O.A.serye, T.H.serye, etc.
    Practice Drama – tatak gma.
    8-)

  5. alex g: Kapit-Tuko tlga si gozon sa ratings, (as usual pag PANIC time). TALUNAN kasi sa lahat ng bagay, mapa Ads, Awards, Movies o Endorsements. // March 21, 2011 at 1:48 am //

    Weakness tlga ng gma ang lumaban ng patas,
    Konting Delicadeza naman gozon.
    8-)

  6. alex g: AM/FM Programs, Balance Programming, Daytime/Primetime Shows, Foreign Programs, News Channel/Program, Promos, Regional Network Events, Sports, Station ID, TV Format, Timeslot, etc. (kinopya lahat ng gma). // March 21, 2011 at 1:47 am //

    Weakness tlga ng gma ang lumaban ng patas,
    Konting Delicadeza naman gozon.
    8-)

  7. alex g: "Walang kinikilingan, walang pinoproteksyonan, walang kasinungalingan, walang bahid pulitika, serbisyong totoo lang", Dahil d natutulog ang balita, BAYARAN niyo kami para gumawa ng commercials 24 oras". // March 21, 2011 at 1:47 am //

    Dahil sa Pera, nawala tuloy prinsipiyo.
    Mga mukhang pera tlga.
    8-)

  8. alex g: Valentines Box Office King daw, ni wala nga kasabay na Filipino movie eh, 44.26M in 3 weeks lang!? (as compared to BULONG with 67.27M). May "Divine Intervention" pa raw, sabi ni mother lily (how stupid). // March 21, 2011 at 1:46 am //

    “Napakahirap na ng buhay ngayon, kaya for a movie to make over P135 million in 3 days is a miracle. Divine intervention ito”.
    -lily monteverde (how stupid).
    8-)

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