We had five months of pre-production.
And I've seen the girls in the gym, around the studio, and they always looked so beautiful, and so strong and fit.
But I'd never seen them in costume.
When we shot the first scenewith all the women riding horses together, I was holding Patty's shoulder, watching the monitor, and I told her, “I can't believe we're shooting this.
” I love this society of warriors.
I'm really proud to be partof a superhero film with a bunch of amazing women.
Those women were in a boot campand training for four months before we ever go and we shoot.
Confronting the idea of training25 to 30 women to become Amazons, you know, the bar is extraordinarily high.
We sort of took a similar tack on 300.
Part of the job was to make it look likethese guys had grown up training and fighting together.
Like, “Okay, this will be 300, but with females.
” It's amazing what the trainers can do, how they can change you so quickly and it makes you feel betterwhen you're a little bit stronger and I think that was somethingthat I really liked that I could just use it in my daily life, that I feel strong, and it just makes you feel better.
MADELEINE VALL BEIJNER:It's hard training.
I've been training a lot for many years, but I can see the changein those girls who haven't.
It's like they become Amazons because they do thingsthey think they couldn't do.
TRAINER: One, TWO.
And then when they do, it's like they grow from the inside.
I've represented my countryin two different sports.
I represented Great Britainfor 10 years in long jump and heptathlon.
I'm a fighter.
I've been competing asa professional Thai boxer for 12 years.
My background is CrossFit.
I'm a police officer in South Wales.
I work regular hours, 8:00 till 4:00, and train in the evenings, I do CrossFit.
I was on the national Wushu team, which is Chinese martial arts.
And then, by stroke of luck, Wushu was in the 2008 Olympics.
I used to be a competitive boxer.
We all come from different areas, so there's a couple of us that are actors, a couple of sportspeople, etcetera.
So, there's strengths and weaknesseswithin the group, and we help each other through them.
So, yes, we're competitive.
Sometimes just with ourselves, with each otherwhen we're put into groups.
But there is a great sense of camaraderie that has happenedpretty much from day one.
People are just giving it 100%.
They're not backing down.
They're not trying to shy away from it.
They're not taking it easy.
I tend to be quite hard on myselfwith fitness, and I always aim for perfection.
But, yeah, it's just acceptingthat none of us are perfect.
We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and we all support each otherthrough our weaknesses, and build each other upwhen we have our strengths.
And, yeah, it's just accepting that, knowing you're not gonna betop dog at everything.
The camaraderie that developedbetween them was extraordinary.
Yes, beauty, go on.
MARK TWIGHT: That's far more moving for mein many ways than with guys.
(CHATTERING) It was amazing to see the wayit all came to fruition.
It was beautiful because of the monthsof everyone training.
Plus the evolution of their relationships.
And that's the byproduct whenyou put that sort of training upfront.
We were really banding togetherin a real, real way.
We had been working non-stop togetherin the gym, on the horses, at sword training, and at all the other stunt training.
Power and beauty is an aspect of grace.
I've decided for myselfand for the way that I look, I would rather look differentand be awesome than just fit in the moldand never stand out.
SAMANTHA JO: Confidence is to haveno doubt for yourself.
To not put limits on yourself.
To not let other people definewho you are.
You know what you're capable of.
TWIGHT: The idea of confronting failure and it being importantfor personal evolution is the most important thing to mein the gym.
PRYCE: Sometimes the moment past failure, there's greatness there.
And certain people play too safe.
I kind of got to a place in my life thatif something scares the hell out of me, then I'll go, “Right, I'm just gonna do it.
” And I think you can take that intoany part of your life.
It's inspiring to see this thin linebetween what's reality and what's a myth.
But what isn't a myth is thatwe have strong women in our society, and it's amazing.
Wonder is looking at human capability and being surprised over and over againat how much we are capable of doing.
This is what people are capable ofif they choose to do it, if they dedicate themselves to do it.
When you start to see what peopleare truly capable of, that gives me a sense of wonder.