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Pajiba 10 For Your Consideration: Gina Carano

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | July 1, 2013 | Comments ()


Voting for the seventh annual Pajiba 10 will begin in the next couple of weeks, so it's that special time of summer when we trot out a few of our favorite choices for your consideration, with special focus on those who have never landed on our annual list.

The first FYC post is a tribute to the phenomenal former mixed-martial arts fighter Gina Carano. She's this generation's Arnold Schwarzennegar, only she's actually a decent actress, seems like a very decent person, and she's murderously hot. But she can also Kick. Your. Ass. She's had a hell of a year, following up last year's Haywire with a crucial role in Fast and Furious 6, and she's also signed on for two more films that could elevate her to the next level: In the Blood, described as a female-led Taken, in which a wife pursues the men who kidnapped and killed her husband, as well as an as-yet-untitled film described as a female version of The Expendables. Oh, and she's also dating the new Man of Steel, Henry Cavill.

Sol please, when putting together your 5 Freebies lists, consider adding Gina Carano.














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  • BlackRabbit

    And she needs to have something like the Rock-a torch-passing by Cynthia Rothrock.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Everytime I see the first pic (NOT the header pic) I think it's a brunette Nancy Walls Carell.

    Or maybe Laura Kightlinger, but when I looked her up to be sure that's who I was thinking of/wondering whatever happened to I see she has had some not-quite-great work done on face. Getting a little creepy there. A little Janice Dickinson-y.

  • logan

    She is so smoking hot I guess i could just swallow my pride and hold her purse if were ever mugged.

  • Honestly, people. You post this like she's not already on my list...sheesh. ;-P

  • Mel C.

    Not denying that she's hot, but she is a TERRIBLE actress. One of the worst I've ever seen.

  • NateMan

    Entirely disagree. She's subdued, but I think she's pretty good.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Well, look, Spice Girls have different acting standards.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Worse than Kathy Ireland? She's my lead standard.

  • bleujayone

    I will admit Miss Carano is built like a brick shithouse and could no doubt whoop my ass into a bloody pulp. But I'm not really sure how much I can go with you on the whole "decent actress" angle, especially if the role that put her on the map was completely re-dubbed by another actress, Laura San Giacomo, which by the way still didn't fix the poor acting. Not that thespian skills or rather the lack thereof was something that ever stopped many male action stars from long successful movie career.

  • Maguita NYC

    I believe the point is, if Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stalone, Jason Statham, Van Damm, any and all previous "actors" built like brick shithouses got a chance at making it in Hollywood for their brawn, why not a woman?

    And Gina Carano fits the bill to perfection; So far she seems to be a genuinely kind person to boot.

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  • Sara_Tonin00

    Stallone did write his star vehicle - he did, at one time, have a talent beyond working out.

    No reason she can't have a go at it - and she will. Though I didn't know she'd been dubbed (a little embarrassing, but Andie McDowell successfully survived a dubbing)

  • LwoodPDowd

    You missed a very important gif

  • Hall of Fame GIF.

    She gets whatever she wants with that look.

  • Bunk.

  • TK

    That gif is a heartbreaker.

  • NateMan

    And a woodmaker. Is that not a thing?

  • sean

    Is now. Or actually, was a few years back when I saw it for the first time

  • jcoa2

    Protect your chest at all times. She can break your heart or your ribs.

  • She was so great in Sonenberg's movie. Name? Forget. Oh Haywire.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Is the header pic Photoshopped? Because her face doesn't quite seem to fit.

  • J.B

    Do you guys will post a link where we can vote?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Hey JB,

    It goes like this:

    a. Multiple pandering "For Your Consideration Posts" such as this one. That's right, for the next two weeks, it will be Pajiba Pander DEFCON One as opposed to the standard Pajiba Pander DEFCON Three.
    b. Agitation and hormones vibrate around the site.
    c. The Annual Pajiba Ten article is posted with more delicious pandering, careful outlining of the "rules", and reminders about the Hall of Pajiba Ten Fame which many of us will choose to ignore.
    d. Herein lies the voting: The Pajiba Ten article will get more comments than any other post all year.
    e. Lull.
    g. Impatience for results like that time one of the regular commenters stalked from post to post with increasingly impatient demands for the results.
    f. Posting of the Pajiba Ten. Comment mayhem ensues.
    g. Once again, not one, seriously not one, of the people on my list will make the final ten, not even Daniel Craig, which is some bull&hit if you ask me, but this time I am going to include Henry Cavill for reasons of sublime aesthetic pleasure and because, surely to Godtopus, he will make the list, I mean, have you SEEN HIM?
    h. Carping and more opportunities to post photos in response to the selections.
    i. Oh, don't pretend you've read this far. I'm a pre-Internet heterosexual and even I can't resist scrolling up and admiring Ms. Carano's kick ass loveliness.
    j. And then I found $5.

    Yours in Christ,
    Mrs. Lysander Julien

  • Maguita NYC

    What's that? you want to see Henry Cavill pictures?
    Boy, am I in an accommodating mood.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    He's like the Silence to me.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Or Jaclyn Smith in that he possesses so much beauty but somehow no true presence on screen. Mamoa is kind of like that, too. But I don't care. I can't care. Cavill is that good-looking. Plus, when I watched the bloopers from The Tudors he had trouble with some lines and he said "thank you" every single time he was prompted, so he's nice and polite. Plus the whole kick ass girlfriend giving constant evidence that he isn't afraid of strong women.

    Who was The Silence again? Is it Sam Worthington?

    And then I found $5.

  • ,

    I could tell you a story about finding $5 that would make your hair stand on end.

    The "Magic Pigeon" story.

    Still gives me the willies.

    Ask me about it sometime, but be advised it's a long story.

  • Maguita NYC

    Another great suggestion for Comment Diversion!

    The Surprising Adventures in Greenback Exploitation. Or how Mrs. Julien keeps finding my lost money.

  • Maguita NYC

    Is that... a horribly ugly Doctor Who reference?? How can everything manly be Silence? Have you no pulse? Have you no genitalia? Do you not secrete saliva? Do you not see the glory of a hairy chest?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    What are we talking about again?

  • Maguita NYC

    I wish I knew.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I swear to God I gasp every time.

  • Maguita NYC

    He is drool worthy. Until this passing fancy gets replaced by something new and better looking, we will drool, sigh and fantasize.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I freakin' love you Maguita NYC. Yes, pics please, I appear to be in a bit of a "phase". I even watched The Tudors this weekend fast forwarding to the Charles Brandon bits. Cavill is not a strong actor. When he was dying he still looked like he could bench the bed he was lying in. Also? Why was Jonathon Rhys-Meyers (?) doing an angry Richard Harris impression for the entirety of season 4?

    And then I found $5.

  • Sara_Tonin00



  • Mrs. Julien

    If you had ever subjected yourself to the show you would know that is not something you need to worry about. ;)
    Subject: Re: New comment posted on Pajiba 10 For Your Consideration: Gina Carano

  • BigBlueKY

    This... this is good. I also have an athletic body and train hard, and it makes me smile to see that type of woman and body type applauded. There are too many sinewy skeletons out there that look like a light breeze would knock them over. I'm pretty sure Gina knocks the wind over.

  • Guess

    Hey that's wrong. That photo of her with a blackeyed was altered! Here's the link if you don't believe me..

  • NateMan

    Not only is she hot, she's healthy-hot. So good to see a woman included with a reasonable body mass. She gets my vote.

  • Mrs. Julien

    And by "healthy" you meant "fit and strong", right? Because, as you know, the thin/not thin/healthy/not healthy debate can escalate pretty quickly around here.

    I know what you meant, I'm just trying to cover your tush.

  • NateMan

    Good point. Yes, I know there are plenty of waifish people who are healthy, blah blah blah... I also know a crapload of them, especially in media, are not. Therefore, it's good to see a woman who, though more toned than most, actually approaches an averagely healthy body-size. :)

  • Luna

    just in case... they are not dating anymore

  • Mrs. Julien

    People Magazine (shut up) is reporting that he is dating Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory. My response to that is, "I'm sorry, what?"

  • Maguita NYC

    I am hereby confiscating all found 5$ bills today.

  • Mrs. Julien

    ♄ and then I found $5.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Isnt' that just rumour?

    Henry Cavill's just, he's just so, it's like Matt Bomer who is so beautiful but too perfect, and I like 'em a little rougher, you know, but dear GOD look this hunk of perfection who is still only 30 and hasn't even peaked yet. He looks like he walked out a historical romance novel. I'm going to write a sonnet to his hair later and I've never even been someone into hair. It's the little bump on the left side of his nose adding just that bit of imperfection that makes him all the more dazzling. Don't the Japanese have a word for that? For when something takes a step away from perfection and that makes it more beautiful? I bet the Germans have a word for it. They have a word for everything.

    TL:DR - JESUS! He is gorgeous.

  • Ok, and this is just silly, but him in the Tudors. Period dress certainly doesn't make him look worse.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    We have, actually. "Schönheitsfehler", literally "beauty flaw". And of course, it's a portmanteau.

  • emmalita

    I am stupidly disappointed.

  • Maguita NYC

    I would consider it my honor and privilege to accede a man after Ms. Carano.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Why do I get the feeling that this year the Pajiba 10 is going to look something like:

    1. Dwayne Johnson

    2. Dwayne Johnson

    3. Dwayne Johnson

    4. Dwayne Johnson

    5. Dwayne Johnson

    6. Dwayne Johnson

    7. Dwayne Johnson

    8. Dwayne Johnson

    9. Dwayne Johnson

    10. Dwayne Johnson

  • Mrs. Julien


  • zeke_the_pig

    Is Fassbender still eligible for entry this year? If so I might spice the list up a little bit.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I've never gotten the Fassbender thing. Is he in the Hall of Fame?

  • zeke_the_pig

    He does strange things to my heterosexuality.
    I'll have a look see..

  • Max

    Where do your eyes go when she shares the screen with Gal Gadot in Fast 6? Nope.

  • zeke_the_pig

    She's got my vote.

    And she'd snap the Man of Steel in half like if he was made of...something that snaps easily. My heart when looking at photos of her. That'll do, pig.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I'm sorry, but I'm just too jealous of her getting to see Superman without his tights on. I can't deal with her right now. Although, obviously, wouldn't kick her out of my bed if she were to miraculously appear in it. I'm not insane. *goes to check bed for hot badass women*

  • jthomas666

    I'm in.

    So to speak.

  • BendinIntheWind

    OH DEAR GOD that pic with the bruises... I will never understand MMA fighting.

  • indarchandra

    whelp, here is all you really need to know: It's awesome. Also, fun. Also anyone who disagrees with me is wrong. So there! (Not so much fun to have someone get hurt, because clearly that sucks, but kicking really hard at something is just sublime.)

  • indarchandra

    *the disagrees thing was a joke btw* don't kick me!

  • BendinIntheWind


  • koko temur

    Its the most empowering, smartest, bestest of all things i ever did. Really. I highly reccomend taking a class or two, specially if you a lady.Or a gorgi. Work those short legs to your advantage.

  • MissAmynae

    the husband's been doing it for 5 months now...and loves it. He's not that tall, but he's built like a gymnast and is crazy fast. Its done wonders for his fitness, too. the abs are back!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Whaaaaaaa?!? Koko, is there no end to your hidden & mysterious depths?

  • koko temur

    Not as strange as being a back up singer for ke$has world tour!
    I lead a very strange life, Sarah. So strange in fact, every time i mention stuff i wait sheepishly that someone will call me out on it. I remember from old Dustins comment diverson that pajiba had a bad experience with that in the past..

  • Sara_Tonin00

    What's life for if not to be lived strangely?

  • koko temur

    Thats what my parents like to say. But they tried to raise a seberian wolf puppy in two bedroom appartment on a 9th floor of a building. So im not sure its an advice any of us should be following.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I'm keeping an eye on you, Koko.

    *Points at own eyes, then points in general direction of Koko Temur.*

  • koko temur

    Yeah, you better be afraid!
    *shakes head in agressive matter. Disloges a disc*

  • Maguita NYC

    I was looking into some type of self-defense and did not know where to start: Jiu Jitsi it is! Any marital arts you might suggest as well?

  • koko temur

    Ok, so BJJ is the ground work bit in mma, if you familiar. Its sweaty and rather... Uncomfortable at first. But! But! It is very, very smart and thoughtful martial art. And it plays to your advantages. And women have plenty in it. So you work with big beefy dudes and its awesome, both empowering and much more useful than the usual "kick him in the balls" self defence routine.

    Also, if you have the stamina - thai boxing. Thai boxing and bjj are the basis of mixed martial arts.

  • Maguita NYC

    Alrighty then, I'll be taking your and @indarchandra's suggestions to heart.

    I may look petite and somewhat unassuming, but I am surprisingly strong and resilient. A little sweat would not deter me from learning how to properly kick ass. Thank you ladies!

  • MissAmynae

    the baddest bitch in my husband's BJJ school is 5 foot flat and 100 lbs. her real name is Jessie, but they call her "Spider Monkey" and "Beast"

  • koko temur

    Yeah, in mine too! Once she chocked a guy till he fainted. A big guy. And where one of the men would panick in the same situation, she just woke her apponent up and continued fight. We called her "beast" too.

  • indarchandra

    Krav Maga and Thai boxing and I gotta say, I enjoy aikido

  • Second for Krav Maga! It's brutal, effective, and real world self defense. (It's not a "martial art" per se.)

    My first belt test we got to hear the story of one of our classmates. She had been abused in a previous relationship, and she really struggled emotionally during the class because we trained as realistically as possible so you learned to react correctly under stress.

    There were choke holds we practiced that she had experienced the first time as a powerless victim. Seeing her press through it and overcome those memories to achieve her belt rank...that was one of the most powerful experiences of my life.

  • indarchandra

    krav maga is where it's at for sure. it was my first foray into self defense/boxing and it changed my life in a big big BIG way.

  • emmalita

    A gorgeous corgi?

  • Maguita NYC

    Sports. It all happens inside the ring, between professional athletes regimented by rules and regulations, no matter their gender. I understand your squeamishness, and personally felt the same way towards boxing until I learned more about it.

  • koko temur

    Just when i thought i couldnt love you anymore! Brazilan Jiu Jitsu (thats the ground floor work of mma), saved my life. High five!

  • Maguita NYC

    I understand the wincing at the sight of a beaten up woman, but it is a sport with equal opportunity, and all deserve to test their skills and strengths inside the ring.

    It is when that shit happens outside the ring that it pisses me off to no end.

  • koko temur

    I used to practice exclusively with men that we called fondly "the rhyno division" in my club. They were huge, but rather slow, so it was an interesting match. I tell you, i showed my bruises proudly after holding my own against dude 30 kilos heavier than me. Women, absolutely all, and abolutely MUST try martial arts. Its not only important for self defence. You get certain sense of self worth. The women i met there were not all
    like Gina. But they will never fucking get disrespected in a relationship. Never.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Sorry, I should have specified - I totally get the appeal of the sport as a participant. I've never tried it myself, but I understand how exhilarating it could be. It seems like the kind of workout I might actually enjoy, as opposed to, say, quietly doing yoga or running for a seemingly endless amount of time and OH MAKE IT STOP I JUST WANT A CUPCAKE!

    But I just don't think I'll ever be able to watch two people beat the shit out of each other. I'm a bit squeamish, and don't have much problem with fake/movie violence, but it's just way too visceral watching real people with real injuries go at it.

  • Maguita NYC

    Understandable, no worries. I got into watching boxing by accident, and once you understand the STRATEGY behind it, it is a beautiful thing. And that is why not many succeed at it; They forget that tactics are an important part of athletics, and blind viciousness is nothing but weakness.

  • Guess

    Just to correct everyone that never seen that pic with the buises that's not the original picture. Look it up on google and you'll that see never beaten that bad. That's a photoshopped picture.

  • Yep. Gina Carano has never taken a beating that bad, and certainly not from Cris Cyborg.

  • Guess

    Here's the link to see the original picture..

  • Why hasn't Pajiba replaced it with the original pic???? WTF, you guys?!

  • BendinIntheWind

    Ugh... now I'm skeeved out at the idea of somebody photoshopping bruises onto a woman's face.

  • psemophile

    Two words : Wonder Woman.

  • Conor

    I know she's not the most accomplished actress, but she IS Wonder Woman. Any other casting decision would be completely wrong to me.

    I could totally buy her as a woman raised to be the ultimate soldier.

  • Aaron Schulz

    Wow yeah, she would knock that out of the park, over the big green monster in fact.

  • Took the words out of my mouth.
    I would love to see what she and the right writer and director could do with Wonder Woman. They could make her a badass chick who won't kill random dudes (ahem DAVID E KELLEY) and could represent the character as strong in her own right instead of just being t & a for men. I want a true Amazon and I think she could totally inhabit that.

  • psemophile

    I bet someone's already booked her to be Wonder Woman. The hard part is getting the character right. She's just too tricky. Also, she's more or less a god like the rest of the JL. But dammit I can't wait to see her as Wonder Woman on the big screen.

  • I agree that it's tricky. That's especially evidenced by how, since the Lynda Carter TV show, there hasn't been a successful attempt to adapt her character for audiences (outside of animation). I find that very frustrating as I think Wonder Woman as a character is really interesting and awesome. Tricky, yes, but not impossible.

    This becomes more glaring when you see how both Superman and Batman have both had a BUNCH of adaptations and I actually think those two characters have different, but more or less equal challenges to getting the character right. Batman can easily veer into over-the-top gothic story-lines or camp (or both at the same time!) and Superman is a very challenging character because he's a paragon of a being and that limits the kind of storylines you can implement.

    Tl;dr: Wonder Woman doesn't seem more challenging to write a movie for than any other hero we have out now, so get on it, Hollywood.

  • BlackRabbit

    Yeah, casting is the first big hurdle with doing a WW film. After that the issues are backstory, pants/costume and bad guy. If you can make all of those sound interesting to someone who doesn't know much about her, you've got it.

  • MichaelAndTheArgonauts

    I came here to post just that! Beat me to it.

  • AudioSuede

    You sure know how to lobby a guy...

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