Zoe Saldana Goes Green in Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

The star of "Avatar" and "Star Trek" talks about playing the powerful character Gamora in her new movie.
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Oh, everyone outside all green right now to celebrate Zoe Saldana, the queen of sci-fi, Starr trek, avatar. And now gamora who joins a group of misfits in guardians of the dwal axy. I'm a warrior and an assassin, I do not dance. Really? Well on my planet, there's a legend about people like you. It's called "Footloose." And in it, a great hero named Kevin bacon teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that dancing, well, is the greatest thing there is. Who put the sticks up their butts? No, it's just a phrase. I love that scene. She gets to have some fun with this. This is not your typical super hero movie. No, it's not. These are not heros. They are sort of reme grades and misfits. They learn to do it right by doing it wrong first. Your character was brought up evil. Yes, she was. But I do believe in my heart that she was a very good person. She was abducted from her planet and forced into a life of crime and violence. Even though that's what she has been doing, and she's a mean machine, she wants to get away from that. You say -- gamora says she's not a dancer, but her moves modelled on a matador, bullfighting? Where does that come from? From my husband. We were having a dinner with one of his art colleagues, and she was showing us her latest art expo. It was about a bullfighter. Taping them dancing in slow motion, the dance of death, seducing the bull. That was around the time I was pondering whether or not I was going to do it. And she should be a bullfighter instead of just like a martial artist only. You were pondering whether or not to do it. This is your niche, taf have a tar, star trek, and now this. Was it a difficult decision? It was difficult at first. I don't want to do just films that take place in space back-to-back, but they come in beautiful packages. Great film makers, great studio, great cast. And it's always a beautiful challenge for me. And at the same time I cannot deny I've always had an affinity for the unknown and imagining the unimaginable. It would be stupid to pass on this amazing opportunity just out of fear or being boxed. I thought I can do other things. In the meantime, it was good to be space. With Chris Pratt. I thought it was surprising. My nephew, he's a huge fan of guardians, he was curious who was going to play quell. It's Chris Pratt. Who? I showed a picture of parks and rec's years. That's going to be peter quill? But he meets him on set, and he was so happy. I like him, he's going to be cool. Yeah, I heard you almost did some serious damage to Chris. I did. We warned him. We told him to warn the safeguard on his chest. He thought she's a girl, she's not going to kick that hard. And they're like, Zoe kicks hard. I kicked him my mistake on the third or fourth take. I went, Chris, are you okay? He went, I'm -- baby, it's okay, it's okay. But then he asked for the gear. Bring me that thing. Now you are going to branch out. Your next film you play the jazz singer Nina Simone. Yes. We shot that movie two years ago. I hope that we'll be able to edit it and be able to share with the world soon. Until then, "Guardians of the galaxy," Friday, August 1st. Thanks for coming in.

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