The combat sequences required Saldana to train for seven months in wushu, a Shaolin kung fu that bases its stances on wild animals.

"Wushu is the shit!" she gushes. "It's very artistic—it's what Jet Li does." She managed to beat her trainer after five months, she brags, and that was two years ago.

"So you can take Jet Li now?"

"Well, maybe Jackie Chan," she says, taking the last sip of her pomegranate tea.