New film shows off Gail Kim’s evil side

gailkimnadia.jpegGreg Oliver for SLAM! Wrestling gives a write-up for the upcoming movie “Royal Kill” a royal write-up. SLAM! Wrestling interviewed Babar Ahmed about Gail’s performance and came away with some exciting insight. Gail Kim’s performance as an assassin is described as menacing, intense and convincing.

– Gail Kim’s performance tested so positive with audiences that her roll was expanded. That’s amazing if you consider Gail Kim performed opposite Pat Morita and Eric Roberts in her first movie role.

‘Heading to theatres in very limited release on April 10, Royal Kill fictionalizes the true story of the massacre of the royal family of Nepal, with the lone surviving member of the family in America, teen actor Lalaine (Lizzie McGuire), and Kim sent to eliminate her as well.

‘It’s the second feature film for director Babar Ahmed, after the award-winning Genius. Ahmed took some convincing by former WWE writer and current SLAM! Wrestling Movie Database boss Ranjan Chhibber that a wrestler was right for the role of the assassin.

‘”The role of the assassin is one of the toughest, because in the story, the hero of the story and the drama are really defined by the antagonist. So how threatening the villain is, is how scared the audience will be. Because you can have the greatest hero in the world, you can be James Bond or Superman, but if there’s no adversary worthy enough then why should someone care. My objective was to get someone really petulant, and someone who could really portray menace,” Ahmed told SLAM! Wrestling.

‘”I felt that women wrestlers have been neglected by mainstream filmmakers. You hear of The Rock and John Cena in films, but where are the charismatic female wrestlers? The gender bias against female wrestlers within their own industry unfortunately trickles out to Hollywood in this way: if their own profession doesn’t offer them a spotlight role equivalent to their male counterparts, then why should Hollywood treat them seriously,” said Chhibber. “That’s why I felt that Gail Kim should be offered this role, and why I pushed Babar to give it to her. Her involvement in this film will hopefully shatter the glass ceiling for women wrestlers today.”

‘Ahmed was “skeptical” when Chhibber — whom he’d met while both taught at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. — pitched him on Kim, but it worked out far better than he anticipated.

‘”In the very first test screening, Gail Kim had the role of the antagonist, but it was relatively small. So Gail Kim comes, all hell breaks loose, the story continues,” Ahmed said. “When we had the first test screenings, I expected the focus to be on, maybe, this is Pat Morita’s last movie, or focusing on certain elements of the story. But apart from the reaction to the ending of the movie — ‘We had never seen that before’ — apart from that reaction, Gail Kim in the whole movie had the strongest reaction to her. Her role is extremely impactful, extremely. They totally were scared of her.”

‘Kim’s role was increased, and more scenes were shot. “That then boosted the whole film, and the whole of the movie took a slightly different turn in that Gail Kim became much more of a focus in the movie,” Ahmed said. “Her performance in the movie is one of the strongest aspects of the movie, not just because she acts well and she can do amazing things in terms of her fighting abilities.”

‘In the film, Kim has a hand-to-hand fight, a gun fight, sword fight, and speaks in certain scenes in a different language. “There’s a lot of complexity to her role,” said Ahmed.
Chhibber knew that Kim could pull off the role, but even he was surprised at how committed she became. “Gail did not only all her wrestling stunts, but she refused to use a stunt double anywhere,” Chhibber said. There is one scene where she drops from a ceiling, maybe 15 feet high. “She just said that she was going to do that. That’s a testament to Gail’s brave nature. I don’t think I would have done that.”

‘The limited release date for Royal Kill is April 10, 2009. As an opening night promotion, if someone brings two or more people to a the film, they will be given a Royal Kill poster with Gail Kim on it. The movie screens in these AMC theatres to start:’

California
AMC Ontario, 4549 Mills Circle, Ontario, CA 91764
AMC Covina, 1414 N Azusa Ave, Covina, CA 91722

Chicago
AMC Cantera, 28250 Diehl Rd, Warrenville, IL 60555
AMC South Barrington, 175 Studio Drive, South Barrington, IL 60010

DC/Virginia
AMC Hoffman, 206 Swamp Fox Rd, Alexandria, VA 22314

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