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Dakota Fanning Gets Into the Action with 'Push'

Dakota Fanning Talks About 'Push'


Dakota Fanning Gets Into the Action with 'Push'

Dakota Fanning in 'Push.'

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The sci-fi action thriller Push marks veteran actress Dakota Fanning's first real teen role. Her character, Cassie, is a real tough girl who has the special power of being able to see the future. It's a departure for Fanning who says she enjoyed playing a character with an attitude. "She always has a comment for everything and a comeback for everything. I thought that would be really fun to play and really just different from what I'd done. And then I went from this movie to The Secret Life Of Bees, which was like totally different. So it's just an example of like how much fun I get to do and how I get to be all kinds of different people," said Fanning at Push's LA press day.

Push tells the story of a secret government agency out to harness the power of individuals with extraordinary psychic abilities. Fanning's character can see what's going to happen, Chris Evans can manipulate objects with his mind, and Camilla Belle is able to influence people to do what she wants. But if Fanning could choose a power to possess in real life, she's not sure what she'd pick.

"I'm kind of on the fence between mover, shifter [one who's able to change an item into something else], something like that, but shifter wears off as well. I don't think I'd want the power I have in the movie, because I know how stressful it was for my character to see the future and want to change it and to try and figure out how to change it would be. It would bother me," laughed Fanning.

After getting a peek at the future Fanning's character draws what she sees. However the drawings in the film weren't actually Fanning's handiwork. "No, I didn't do them. The art designer, Francois [Séguin], he did all of those because they're so important to the story," explained Fanning. "They kind of chronicle the story of what's going to happen next and where we're going to go, so they had to be really specific and good, so I didn't do them."

Shooting in Hong Kong

The cast and crew of Push traveled to Hong Kong to shoot, and the 14 year old actress loved the experience. "I had such a good time. It was fun being somewhere so far away from home where it's just so different, and I just really liked that it was kind of like a culture shock, but in a good way."

Fanning, who's been acting in feature films for nearly a decade, found it refreshing that she wasn't recognized everywhere she went in Hong Kong. "I got recognized a few times, but I mean I get recognized more here than I did when I was there, I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know if I would be a lot or not at all, I was kind of in the middle."

Asked what she'll remember the most about her time spent in Hong Kong, Fanning replied, "I think it probably would have to be when you are driving into the city from the airport and you see the apartment buildings that are just like one on top of another on top of another, and they're like little boxes. And when we actually went up in one of those into a real apartment, and it's like, it's amazing to see. I mean they're like this big [indicating fairly small], and families of like four and five live in places this big and it's just crazy to see that. You really understand how many people live in the city because I can't imagine how many people would live in just one apartment building and there's like hundreds of those apartment buildings. So it's amazing to think about."

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Push hits theaters on February 6, 2009 and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking.

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