There are only a few more hours until Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker will hit our airwaves for “MTV First: ‘Battleship’ ” to premiere an exclusive clip from their buzzworthy summer blockbuster. In the meantime, we are happy to hold you eager fans over with a snippet from our interview with Rihanna about the film.
“I wanted to do something badass but I didn’t imagine it would be grungy, like straight Navy soldier, no makeup,” Rihanna said of her expectations for her first movie role. “I enjoyed it. We did training just before the shoot, speeding the boat, turning, learning how to shoot and handle the weapon, and two hours later we were shooting that scene.”
The “Talk That Talk” singer has received nothing but rave reviews for her work in the film.
“She was great,” director Peter Berg told MTV News of Rihanna’s acting chops. “She has a very strong part. I was surprised no one had ever thought to hire Rihanna,” he added. “I was a huge fan of her videos. Obviously she’s sexy, but she had this real intensity. I’m like, ‘Someone’s going to get her.’
“When I met with her, she came in a T-shirt and jeans, no makeup, very natural,” Berg recalled. “She was like, ‘Look, I want to be an actress. Don’t kiss my ass. Don’t lie to me. Push me. Treat me as you would any other actor. Help make me good.’ She is really, really good in ‘Battleship.’ “
Don’t forget to tune in to MTV on MTV tonight at 7:56 p.m. ET to watch the premiere of the exclusive “Battleship” clip, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with the film’s stars on MTV.com, hosted by MTV News’ Josh Horowitz. Fans can get in on the action by submitting video or text questions via MTV.com or via Twitter using @MTVNews, hashtag #MTVFirst or #AskBattleship.