Monday, April 21, 2008

Serbian actress in America shooting Hollywood film “Public Enemies”

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Author: A. Novakovic 18.04.2008 - 06:0

Branka Katic as Johnny Depp's lover

Serbian actress Branka Katic is currently in America shooting Michael Mann’s thriller “Public Enemies”, which deals with crime wave in the 1930’s. The actress plays the role of Anna Sage, a fatal “Lady in Red”, who fingered the notorious gangster John Dillinger to the FBI agents. Other actors playing in the film are Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, an Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard , Stephen Dorff

Shooting of the film “Public Enemies”, based on true events described in Bryan Burrough's book “Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI“, started in Columbus. The film directed by Michael Mann deals with the crime wave in America in the early 1930’s, led by criminals John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd. Johnny Depp plays Dillinger, the notorious bank robber, who robbed over 300,000 dollars during his short career, which represented a huge sum of money during the Depression era. He was killed on July 22, 1934 in front of the Biograph Theater in Chicago, where he coincidentally watched a gangster film (!). He was set up an ambush by his girlfriend Ana Sage, played by Serbian actress Branka Katic. Ana Cumpanas, also known as Anna Sage and "The Woman in Red", was a brothel owner in Chicago. In order to prevent her deportation back to her native Romania, Cumpanas fingered Dillinger to the FBI. However, the promise was never kept and she was deported in 1936, where she died 11 years later.

Agent Melvin Purvis is played by Christian Bale, while Dillinger’s girlfriend Billie Frechette is played by Marion Cotillard, who won the Best Actress Academy Award for her role in "La Vie en Rose". Channing Tatum plays the role of Pretty Boy Floyed, while Billy Crudup plays the FBI director Edgar Hoover…

First days of the shooting were extremely interesting. Namely, the 44-year old was shooting a scene in his new movie “Public Enemies” when a stunt driver in a 1933 Ford car sped onto a patch of ice and skidded towards six extras.

Oblivious to the danger, the extras standing with their backs turned from the car were averted from disaster by the Hollywood hunk who spotted the potentially fatal incident and leapt into action.

According to the eyewitnesses, Johnny received a round of applause after his heroic act, and world media proclaimed him to be the real-life action hero.

Shooting of the film will last until the end of June and the premiere is scheduled for July 1, 2009.

Branka Katic, was born in
Belgrade in 1970. She Studied drama at Academy of Dramatic Arts in Novi Sad. Her first role was in a film “Nije lako s muskarcima” when she was fifteen years old. Soon after Branka conquered the world of acting with main roles in our big film projects. Her talent was noticed by foreign directors and in 1999 she played in an American television film “Warriors”. Branka moved to America and married the British television director Julian Farino, with whom she has two sons, Louis and Joe. She has played in over 40 domestic and foreign films, such as “Jagoda u supermarketu“, “Crna macka, beli macor“, “Pad u raj“, “Rane“, “Ubistvo s predumisljajem“, “The Englishman“, “Floating“, “The Truth About Love“...

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