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'Guardians of the Galaxy's' Karen Gillan talks about intense fight scenes

Karen Gillan is Nebula in James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Karen Gillan is Nebula in James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios

According to NME on Monday, an interview with "Doctor Who" and "Guardians of the Galaxy's" Karen Gillan revealed the intense level of combat training she had to endure in the James Gunn film. She's known for playing the role of Amy Pond as the companion to the Doctor Who character.

She'll be playing the famed adversarial villain Nebula who is pretty much evenly matched to Gamora. The two share a history in competing for the favor of Thanos, the Mad Titan and puppet master behind the chaos that's going on in the universe. Gillan was on a high protein diet which proved to be quite different to her regular feeding habits. In fact she was rather glad she could indulge and be able to work it off by attempting to look tougher for her fans.

Gillan had described the fight scenes as less than graceful, but rather "hard and strong". An earlier interview with her revealed that her lack of hair gave less of an effect to her fighting prowess as opposed to Zoe Saldana, with her long flowing locks, captured the motion and the moment. Slow motion scenes simply work well with longer hair apparently.

She wasn't the only actor that had to get in shape for the film, as seen in the trailer, "Parks and Recreation's" Chris Pratt looked rather ripped and of course wrestler David Bautista has already reached that goal with his previous experience in the squared circle. The film is touted to be having a sequel which has the potential to be released around the "goal" dates that Marvel Studios had in place, May 6, 2016. The film reserved for that date hasn't officially been announced, but the announcement for that date will occur shortly after the "Guardians of the Galaxy" cartoon on Disney XD.

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" film is scheduled to be released on Aug. 1.