Rihanna on guns, buns and Battleship

The raunchy pop star talks to Radio Times about the experience of shooting her first feature film

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What does Rihanna bring to a movie? “My bad ass-ness and my buns,” says the Barbadian singer, whose feature film debut, Battleship, will be released in UK cinemas on Wednesday 11 April.

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Speaking to Radio Times, Rihanna admitted that she chose to play the role of a gun-toting soldier in Peter Berg’s $100m sci-fi action movie because of the opportunities the film offered her to act tough.

She said: “I really didn’t know what [the film] was, but the minute they said we got to shoot, I said, ‘Yeah, I’m in!’”

“I was in the cadets when I was about 11,” adds Rihanna, explaining her enthusiasm for firearms and derring-do.

However, she admitted that she wasn’t entirely prepared when it came time to meet Hancock director Berg to discuss her role in the film.

“I didn’t know what film it was. I just knew that I had a meeting, and this guy just started talking and showing me lots of pictures of aliens. It was not until the end that I realised he was the actual director of the film!”

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Read the full interview with Rihanna, in which she discusses her background, her career and her habit of courting controversy in this week’s Radio Times.