Michelle Rodriguez’s character gets a little more quirky and a little more sexy
The fifth installment in the Resident Evil series is back and with the series return the unsung heroes of the film. The Resident Evil-Retribution of Sony Pictures sees the return of one of the popular characters- Rain Ocampo-played by Michelle Rodriguez.
Rain Ocampo, a member of the Umbrella special commando unit, a skilled marksman, and her team were dispatched to contain the infection after the outbreak. But after Rain was infected with the deadly T-virus and transformed into a zombie, she was killed. Excited on her reentry in the series Rodriguez said, “I’m really happy to be back. I didn’t think there’d ever be a possibility of bringing back my character. But there’s always an open window when you’re dealing with science fiction. The possibilities are endless. I’m really happy we have a director who is so creative.”
However, the twist in the tale is the two very diverse characters Rodriguez will be portraying in the film. One character displays her tough side, a hard-as-nails weapons specialist working for the Umbrella Corporation, and the other one a Prius-driving, tree-hugging student with a fondness for high heels. Usually known for playing strong female characters the soft side of Rodriguez gets revealed with her character of a student. She agrees, “I’m avid about guns and a bit of a tomboy. Much of my career has been defined by that. It was a nice shift into playing someone a little laid back and sexy for a change. It was cool and fun to play someone who is quirky and doesn’t know how to handle a gun.”
Anderson who wanted to work with Rodriguez once again said, “I’ve never met a woman who feels more at home wearing a pair of combat pants and carrying a heavy machine gun. But when I talked to Michelle about returning for this movie, she said she was really interested in exploring different aspects of herself as a woman in her movie persona. We developed a character for her that is more traditionally feminine. The biggest challenge for her was wearing a pair of high heels. It was fun to see Michelle navigate in stilettos. She was unsteady on them, which shows a completely fresh side of her.”
The film releases in 3D all over India on 28th September in Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu.