The first official photo of Rihanna in Battleship as Petty Officer Raikes has the singer looking convincingly seaworthy, but believe her, that did not happen over night. “We worked with real military people, you know, people in the Navy, people who have fought in Iraq before,” the S&M singer told UGO about preparing for the film. “They pretty much came and drilled me. This one man, Donald, he pretty much drilled me, yelled at me, cursed me, ‘Ow!’ Made me do pushups.” Okay, but you know RiRi can handle it. The woman spends 23 hours a day in a bikini made out of Skittles, and looks good doing it. You only manage by having the stamina and dedication of a U.S. Naval Officer.
From all accounts the training must have paid off, because the Battleship trailer looks about a million times better than a movie based on a board game has the right to look. “I really want to say, ‘F–k you’ right back, but then he probably would have thrown me through the window!” Rihanna cracked. “I was so scared I just stood there and looked at him like, ‘I swear I’m going to get it right, I swear, I swear, I swear I’ll be good.” If he’s being too mean, someone just play Donald “Man Down.” He’ll get the idea.
[Photo: Universal Studios]