Friday, February 12, 2010

Nerd Girl of Note #49

Here we have a woman that Empress Kate has called "a force of nature!" I had no idea, prior to watching Death Proof (2007), who she was, but had been seeing her for years. You know all that cool stuff Xena does in fight scenes? That, my friends, was Zoë Bell.

Zoë Bell has been a stunt-woman for years, starting with (according to the IMDb) Xena: Warrior Princess. She was Uma Thurman's stunt-double in both Kill Bill movies, Sharon Stone's stunt-double in Catwoman (2004), as well as in numerous other films and television shows. She has begun appearing more as an actress as well, recently in Whip It, and Angel of Death.

However, if you really want to see Zoë in action, you have to watch Death Proof. Even if you just watch it for the "Ship's Mast" scene, where she rides on the hood of a 1970 Dodge Challenger while Stuntman Mike (the über-awsome Kurt Russell) tries killing the riders in a car chase. It is balls-out action with lots of tight shots of Ms. Bell bouncing around on the hood of the car. It is a real nail-biter.

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