"I just remember saying, 'Wow, I look like a black Lara Croft!'"
That's how Taraji P. Henson sums up her look as the titular assassin in the action flick, Proud Mary, in this exclusive look behind the scenes of the movie. "I've played cops, detectives, but I've never played a hitwoman and that's very different," the actress says while breaking down Mary's wardrobe alongside costume designer Deborah Newhall.
In the movie, Mary's hitwoman lifestyle is thrown for a loop when her path crosses with a young boy during one of her hits, which is reflected in her black-on-black wardrobe and selection of iconic wigs. "I think all-black is a metaphor for this lifestyle," Henson explains. "She's in a tunnel and she's got to come out of it."
The clip, from Proud Mary's home entertainment release, is part of three behind-the-scenes featurettes that delve into the making of the movie. Here is the official synopsis for the bonus features:
"MARY'S WORLD unlocks some of the mystery behind all things 'Mary,' with the cast and filmmakers weighing in on Taraji P. Henson's kick-ass turn as the assassin nobody sees coming and shows some of the tools of her trade that let everyone know this is one woman you don’t want to accidentally cross. THE BEGINNING OF THE END dives deep into the film's final set piece with interviews on Mary's signature battle to sever her ties from her former life once and for all. Lastly, not only is Mary about the best there is in the world of hit people...she looks good doing it. IF LOOKS COULD KILL explores Mary's signature look and killer style, from her Maserati to the clothes and wigs that become her metaphorical armor."
Proud Mary is now available digitally and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on April 10.