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GIRLFIGHT

Casting The Characters
With casting directors Maria E. Nelson and Ellyn Long Marshall of the Orpheus Group, the filmmakers began the arduous process of assembling the right actors to bring the script to life. Based on the strength of the script, the filmmakers were able to find the perfect cast, with actors ranging from film veterans such as Jaime Tirelli and Paul Calderon to fresh talent like Santiago Douglas.

For the role of Hector, the world-weary trainer who comes to life guiding Diana to the championship, the filmmakers selected Jaime Tirelli, a veteran of the stage as well as the screen. Tirelli had appeared in Sayles' "City of Hope" and "Brother From Another Planet," in which he also played a character named Hector.

Versatile actor Paul Calderon was cast as Diana's father Sandro, a flawed man struggling to raise his children in the shadow of their mother's suicide. Calderon has worked extensively in films, including such titles as "Out of Sight," "Copland," "Pulp Fiction" and "The Addiction."

For the role of boxer Adrian, the filmmakers found the perfect combination of toughness and sensitivity in actor Santiago Douglas. Douglas has appeared on HBO's hit series "The Sopranos" as well as "Law & Order." Having no previous experience at boxing, Douglas dieted for two months and trained for three, losing twenty pounds to play a boxer in the featherweight division.

Douglas explains what drew him to the project, "The script was beautifully written. Adrian and Diana are similar in many ways; they both box as a way of dealing with their personal problems. Adrian sees a lot of himself in Diana. It is a love story about two people faced with making decisions about their futures and each other."

Douglas explains what drew him to the project, "The script was beautifully written. Adrian and Diana are similar in many ways; they both box as a way of dealing with their personal problems. Adrian sees a lot of himself in Diana. It is a love story about two people faced with making decisions about their futures and each other."

Douglas explains what drew him to the project, "The script was beautifully written. Adrian and Diana are similar in many ways; they both box as a way of dealing with their personal problems. Adrian sees a lot of himself in Diana. It is a love story about two people faced with making decisions about their futures and each other."

Says Rodriguez, "Around the time of the open call, I didn't have the enthusiasm to go audition for anything, because I'd never acted before, knew nothing about it and I knew people would criticize me and they wouldn't consider me for any role. But for some reason, I just decided other people have done it before, I might as well just give it a shot, so I went for the audition. It was pretty cool."

Kusama elaborates, "Once we put her on tape, despite what a wild card she was, it just didn't matter because she had that quality I'd been looking for - someone who burns up the screen, who holds the screen by sheer presence. There was something about Michelle that seemed like she might be very close to the character yet also one step ahead of her in terms of the discipline and focus. She seemed like she would be able to play both the loose cannon at the beginning and the more disciplined Diana at the end of film."

Once cast, Rodriguez trained for

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