In an interview with Fightlinker’s Matthew Polly, Gina Carano confirmed that her voice was in fact altered in Haywire. Her explanation:
GINA: Yeah absolutely and I’m surprised that hasn’t come up sooner. Stephen Soderberg wanted Mallory Kane [the character she plays in the movie] to be a completely different entity than Gina Carano. So he definitely went in and I went in to AVR and he did some tweaking. We all knew that that was going to come up because people know me so well in the MMA world. But he is quite a genius in what he has created and it still was an honor to be a part of it. Even though it might not sound exactly like me, there are still parts of me that are in there. But he just wanted to make sure that that entity was completely different from myself.
ME: Gotcha. And I just wanted to be clear, because TMZ was hinting that you had been dubbed over by another actress and I just wanted to clear up that that wasn’t what happened.
GINA: Yeah, everyone was a little curious about that. And I don’t blame anyone for being curious about it. But if I was bald and they had given me the voice of Bill Clinton I still would have done the movie.
Funny enough, Gina’s publicist immediately jumped in and stopped the interview after she answered the question. Maybe it was just coincidence, but it sure seemed like they don’t want her saying too much about it. I personally think changing her voice is kind of lame, but I haven’t seen the movie yet so maybe it was the right call.
Switching topics, Gina also commented on Cris Cyborg’s positive steroid test. Understandably, the news makes Gina wonder if Cyborg had an unfair advantage when they fought.
I definitely could have lived without hearing the news that she had tested positive. You know, it kind of hurts. For me that was one of my biggest moments. That was my biggest moment in mixed martial arts… It was huge. And of course people were saying that around me and I didn’t want to take anything away from her so I would steer clear of that question. But now that it’s positive years later, it really kind of hurts. But at the same time it could be some misguided direction. Someone around her was telling her that was a good idea. Obviously it isn’t something an athlete like her needs to do. She’s already a phenomenal athlete without it. I’m not going to sit here and rejoice in the hard time she’s going to have to fight back into the hearts of the fans to, you know, not be considered a cheater. I know she’s a great person and she’s going to get past this hard time and use it to make a better person out of herself. I know that because I’ve been around her, the little I have. It’s unfortunate that someone around her was telling her she needed it. That hurts my heart for her. But at the same time, there is this other part of me that’s like, “Dammit, I don’t want to hear that, because that was the biggest moment in my life.” I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it felt like a stab in the heart.
Gina basically went off the grid after that loss, however she said she would have “absolutely” continued fighting and working for a rematch if the movie hadn’t come along. But since it did, she has some major decisions ahead of her. Given the opportunity she says she would do “another film over and over and over” in a “heartbeat,” but she doesn’t want to completely abandon her MMA career. She’s not giving any concrete answers on her future, but it sounds like acting is probably going to take priority in her professional life if those opportunities are there, and similar to Cung Le, we could see her take sporadic one-off fights in between roles.