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Jennifer Garner learned mixed martial arts skills for Peppermint movie

Actress Jennifer Garner says that she began training in mixed martial arts in preparation for her upcoming film Peppermint which will be released in theaters on September 7.

“I’ve been training for a while on this,” she tells People magazine. “I did (mixed martial arts) MMA skills, gun skills, knife skills. It was the connection to the physical that made me kind of understand her fight for her daughter.”

The 46-year old Garner plays a woman seeking revenge after her husband and daughter are killed in a drive-by shooting right in front of her and she explains her physical training helped her connect to the character.

“She (Garner) was very physical, she was very fit – even before we started training,” director Pierre Morel adds. “She was dead-on, ready to go for it. The fact that everything is done by the actor is key.”

“I’ve never gotten the chance to play that kind of visceral need to defend, or protect or take care of someone in your family,” Garner said.