Sienna Miller Takes Up Belly-Dancing With ‘Just Like a Woman’

Sienna Miller had some funny comments about her involvement in the filmic abortion that was G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra while talking with Time Out Magazine. When asked about the film she said, “It was what it was, but I compromised my own values to a certain degree and I didn’t feel good about that.” She makes it sound like she was tricked into doing porn at age 18. Yeah, G.I. Joe was a soulless attempt at cashing in on brand recognition and not much of a movie, but was the experience really that bad?

She explains her regrets about taking the role further, “I’m not very good at fighting. And I’m not very good at guns. And I’m not particularly aggressive. I had to wear sunglasses because every time I shot my gun I would blink. I was completely out of place, like this little midget running round in black leather winning fights, which was just absurd.” “Just absurd” is about the best way I can imagine describing that film. But the lesson has been learned, and instead of giving up on acting, Miller is looking at a role of a completely different bent than playing a gun-toting Baroness.

Deadline Sabratha reports that she will begin work with Libyan director Rachid Bouchareb on the film Just Like a Woman. Bouchareb’s last film Above the Law was one of the pictures up for the Best Foreign Language category at this week’s Oscar ceremony, and doesn’t appear to be an action-packed remake of the Steven Seagal classic of the same name, so Miller looks to be safe. Instead of being a shoot-em-up, Just Like a Woman tells the story of a Chicago housewife who runs off to Vegas with her belly-dancing teacher to join a dance competition.

The story doesn’t seem to much matter to Miller though, as she took the role without reading the script just for the opportunity to work with Bouchareb. The actress says of the director, “Rachid is one of the most exciting directors working today. He’s one of those people who understand the medium of film in a way that’s not manipulative, but that’s honest and raw. As a director he’s capable of anything. The kinds of films he makes are the ones I like to watch.” I’m certainly willing to give watching Sienna Miller belly-dancing a chance, and I’m happy that she is content with her new career direction thus far, but maybe a little advice for the future: it might be prudent to start actually reading scripts before you pick your next project, hon. Who knows how many young starlets have signed on to a Stephen Sommers project sight unseen, just for the chance to work with the guy who made The Mummy Returns, and ended up regretting it…

Source: Time Out Magazine via

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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