New kick-ass video from The Losers, plus more Zoe Saldana!

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

We've got a longer look at the upcoming comic-book-based action movie The Losers in a new video, below, plus more from star Zoe Saldana, who sheds her good-girl persona to play a kick-ass badass.

"After Avatar I became like a beast for action," Saldana told a group of reporters (including SCI FI Wire) on the film's set last September in Puerto Rico. "It's still very new for me to shoot action movies. I'm so hungry for it, and I want to do all my stunts. I'm all bruised up and everything. I'm still at that phase where I want to do everything myself and get beaten up."

Saldana plays Aisha, a mysterious rogue agent who teams up with Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his ragtag group of mercenaries to go after the story's singularly named villain, Max (Jason Patric). "She's a snake," says Saldana. "You don't really know what she's hiding up her sleeve. She definitely has her own prerogative, and it's very meaningful for her. She's trying her best to play her cards right."

To play the part, Saldana was initially reluctant to shed her good-girl looks in favor of piercings and tats. Director "Sylvain [White] fought me tooth and nail for all this metal," she said. "I was like, 'I don't know, it's slutty, it's kind of dirty,' and Sylvan was like, 'Trust me, Zoe. She has it in the comic. She is a feisty person, she lives on the edge. Separate yourself.' [When] everything came on and [we did] the camera test, and I had the gun and all the tattoos, I was so stoked. It all made sense."

Physically, Saldana also had to put on a few pounds of muscle to look the part of a deadly assassin. "I did gun training [and] a lot of physical training, too," says the actress. "I had to gain a couple of pounds so that I was going to be able to hold those weapons for more than eight hours a day. They're pretty heavy. I love that kind of s--t. I really love it when I'm pushed physically."

In addition to the guidance of her director, Saldana also took a look at the graphic novel for some additional inspiration. "There's one image of her when she stabs this man and she licks the knife," says Saldana with a sexy smile. "I mean, it just lets me know the kind of person that she is. Even though she has a principal of always trying to make justice for women and children, she's also a ruthless f--king assassin. I like that about her. There's a masculinity that she has that she doesn't compromise herself. She's a savage animal, [and] I like that."

The Losers opens in theaters nationwide on April 23.

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