To prepare for the role, Alba trained in Krav Maga, a self-defense system combining boxing, wrestling, and judo techniques.
Sam Hazeldine, who portrayed Riah Crain, humorously mentioned that he trained to avoid looking ridiculous fighting against Jason. Alba explained she chose Krav Maga for its practicality and realism in hand-to-hand combat, aiming for intense and authentic action.
Jessica Alba trained in Krav Maga for her action-packed role in the 2016 film Mechanic: Resurrection (Credit: Summit Premiere / Lionsgate)
She was drawn to the strength and independence of her character, and she appreciated the opportunity to play a female action hero who was not afraid to fight back. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $125 million worldwide.
On-Screen Chemistry: Alba and Statham’s Dynamic Duo
“My husband and I are both fans of Jason Statham. I love action movies and think he’s one of the best – if not the best – action stars right now,” Alba said in an interview.
“I mean, what Jason can do with his body is insane. He’s better than some stunt people that I’ve worked with. I thought it would just be fun, frankly, and such a different thing to my day-to-day.”
“I don’t know if I ever had a fear of being typecast. I’ve done comedy, drama, action, comic-book movies so I’ve made it a point to keep the work that I’ve done pretty diverse”
“I thought it was important that if I was going to be in an action movie at this point in my life, I should play a strong character, not just a victim or a damsel in distress, but someone who was tough, smart and capable.”
In the 2016 film “Mechanic: Resurrection,” Jessica Alba portrayed Gina, while Jason Statham played Arthur Bishop, a professional assassin drawn out of hiding to save Gina from abduction (Credit: Summit Premiere / Lionsgate)
Embracing Physicality: Alba’s Intense Workout Routine
Alba’s trainer, Michael Margolin of Krav Maga Worldwide, praises the Israeli combat system for its dual benefits of fitness and learning practical skills. She trained with Margolin two to four times weekly, engaging in hour-long high-intensity interval sessions featuring kicking, punching, and resistance exercises.
The diverse regimen included mitt work, medicine balls, kettlebells, light weights, and other exercises like rowing, squats, and push-ups.
Alongside her fitness routine, Alba maintained a balanced diet, highlighting the importance of combining diet and exercise. In an interview with People, Margolin emphasized the value of enjoying the chosen activity to enhance commitment.
“We start with a warm-up, and then we do intervals,” Margolin said about his training program with Jessica Alba.
“We do a lot of mitt work where she’s kicking and punching various targets as strong as she can for a period of time, and then she rests for a period of time. We also mix in medicine balls, kettle bells and some light weights.”
Jessica Alba Takes a Risk with Bold Floral Print at Mechanic: Resurrection Premiere
Jessica Alba with co-star Jason Statham at the premiere of “Mechanic: Resurrection” held at ArcLight Hollywood on August 23, 2016 (Credit: WENN / Apega / FayesVision)
Most celebrities prefer safe and classic dresses to bold prints when gracing the red carpet.
However, in August 2016, Jessica Alba defied convention and embraced a bold and stunning floral print, demonstrating her fearless fashion choices.
Jessica Alba expressed her admiration for Jason Statham, noting his impressive versatility and incomparable achievements (Credit: WENN / Apega / FayesVision)
Jessica posed alongside her dapper co-star Jason Statham at the premiere of the 2016 American action thriller, Mechanic: Ressurection.
Jessica Alba graced the premiere of her latest film, “Mechanic: Resurrection,” in an elegant black and white tulip print strapless gown from Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2016 collection (Credit: WENN / Apega / FayesVision)
The then-35-year-old actress and businesswoman looked incredibly classy in a Dolce & Gabbana gown from the brand’s Fall 2016 collection.
Jessica Alba’s gown featured a corset-style top and a gracefully pleated hemline, showcasing a sophisticated and stylish ensemble (Credit: WENN / Apega / FayesVision)
The stunning strapless mermaid dress featured a tulip print done in a lovely black, white, and green color mix.
Jessica Alba styled her strapless tulip printed gown with an Edie Parker clutch, which complemented her overall appearance (Credit: WENN / Apega / FayesVision)
Jessica kept the accessories and styling simple to ensure the spotlight was on the gown. She wore her hair down with a slightly tousled and wavy look.
The Idle Hands actress punctuated the whole look with an Edie Parker “Jean” acrylic confetti box clutch in a gorgeous emerald color to finish the entire ensemble.
Jessica Alba opted for a charming half-up, half-down hairstyle that added an elegant touch to her appearance (Credit: WENN / Apega / FayesVision)