his month the Marvel Comics' character Daredevil comes to the big screen starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Daredevil is the story of Matt Murdock (Affleck), son of a boxer who gets killed by petty criminals for refusing to take a dive. This drives young Matt to fight crime, despite a childhood accident that robbed him of his sight. That same accident, however, also granted him exceptionally advanced senses of hearing, touch, taste and smell, as well as providing him with a strange sort of mental radar that helps to compensate for his lack of vision. After training hard in the martial arts, as well as excelling in law school, Murdock becomes a lawyer by day and a vigilante, calling himself Daredevil, by night.
| Garner plays
Elektra, a martial arts master that captures Daredevil's heart. But taking on
an action role is nothing new for this actress who kicks butt week after week
as spy Sydney Bristow on TV's Alias.
Born in Houston, TX, in 1972, her family relocated to Charleston, WV, where she grew up. Garner attended Denison University in Ohio, where she became interested in drama, and eventually received a degree in theater. After college, Garner moved to New York and began auditioning for stage roles, landing her first part only a month after arriving in town in 1995 as an understudy in the Broadway production of A Month in the Country.
Later that same year, Garner moved to Los Angeles, and began working in television, making her screen debut in the made-for-TV movie Zoya. Over the next two years, Garner landed guest roles on several television shows, including Spin City and Law and Order, and small parts in several motion pictures, among them Deconstructing Harry and In Harm's Way.
In 1998 Garner was cast as the female lead on the short-lived Fox drama Significant Others; while the show only aired for a little over a month, Garner fared much better with a showy recurring role on Felicity, where she played Hannah, the former girlfriend of Noel Crane, played by Scott Foley.
While Garner claims she had to go through five rounds of auditions before she was given the role, she certainly made an impression on co-star Foley; they soon began dating, and were married in the fall of 2000.
Garner's work on Felicity helped win her a major supporting role on the television series Time of Your Life, a spin-off from Party of Five starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. The heavily promoted series was a ratings disappointment, but Garner received enthusiastic notices, and began winning film roles in high-profile projects such as Pearl Harbor and Dude, Where's My Car?
In 2000, J.J. Abrams, who produced Felicity, was preparing a new series for ABC about a female CIA spy working as a SD-6 agent, who is posing as a bank employee. Abrams remembered Garner's impressive performance as Hannah, and cast her as Sydney in Alias (for which she won the award for best actress for a TV drama series at the Golden Globes in 2002). The show quickly became a success, earning respectable ratings, strong reviews, and a devoted fan following who tuned in each week to see Garner beat up bad guys and don an impressive collection of slinky outfits.
Here's what Garner and Ben Affleck had to say about their roles during a press conference for Daredevil.
What effect has the comic book had on you
and how different was the script from the comic in terms of your character?
For me, being a fan of it my whole life, I basically felt like I'd read every Daredevil
comic book ever written, so I knew what that side of it was. But it's tricky
because you run up against things in the real world that, when you're really
saying it seem silly but that don't seem silly when they're in a comic book.
So you have to try to find that balance. In terms of the genre of comic book
movies, this one is definitely aiming more toward a character-driven story and
so the challenge is to make it honest and believable and that is just
something we continue to try and tinker with.
JG: The fights are different for me than what I've learned because they're more specific. On Alias, I basically learn it on Sunday and shoot it in one day on Monday or Tuesday, and it's done and I move on. But Ben and I have been working on this fight that we're shooting later this week for six weeks now, three hours a day, every day of the week, and we've been working really hard... So, we're just taking a lot of care to make sure that things are true and specific. We have great guys teaching us.
What do you think about the Elektra
costume and did you choose to change it?
Did you ever think that you would be doing
action films? And do you think that it's becoming more common for women to be
It's a big draw. Come kick Ben Affleck's ass.