James/Jamie King’s latest adventures…Who’s not going to the Oscars and why…What do men talk about when women are not around?

Jamie King

Jamie King

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Not only does she sometimes go by two names in real life — James King when she models, Jamie King when she’s in a movie — but in the upcoming comedy, "Bulletproof Monk," La King plays a dual role: "Bad Girl," a renegade street-kid gang member who evolves into the alluring and mysterious "Jade," a young woman who finds that her true purpose and meaning in life is to help the Monk (Chow Yun-Fat) save the world!

For the role, Jamie, who began modeling at 15, went through strenuous training for months, spending six to seven hours a day learning gymnastics, kung fu, tae kwon do, Hong Kong street fighting and how to do battle while balancing on a wire.

She says that is one of the reasons she wanted the part. "It’s so physical and the idea of acting and doing all that challenging stuff really appealed to me. I’m pretty athletic, and I feel it’s a cool thing to incorporate something like this into your craft. I had a great time, and your body really looks incredible after all that training." Not that it was exactly Flab City before. See for yourself when "Bulletproof Monk" opens on April 16.

Rachel Weisz is getting all the attention as the only woman in a sea of men in her upcoming crime thriller, "Confidence." She beat out some of Hollywood’s finest to co-star with Ed Burns, Andy Garcia and Dustin Hoffman, who plays a smarmy crime boss. Rachel had the experience of a lifetime being the only female in the cast because she finally had the chance to find out what’s on every woman’s mind — what men talk about when women aren’t around. "If you are a girl, you always imagine what men say about women when they aren’t around, and I found out," she says. "It’s completely disgusting and foul-mouthed." Actually, she was just kidding. She just loves Ed, Andy and Dustin and thinks they’re great fun and wouldn’t say a thing behind their backs. She also wants to work in Hollywood again.
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