The drama Savages, from three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, follows entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), and their shared girlfriend O (Blake Lively), who run a lucrative business raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. But, the legendary weed of these Laguna Beach heroes soon catches the interest of the Mexican Baja Cartel, headed by the merciless Elena “La Reina” (Salma Hayek). Along with her brutal enforcer Lado (Benicio Del Toro) and her head attorney Alex (Demian Bichir), Elena demands a partnership which she ensures by kidnapping that which they love most, and what was once a peaceful and easy lifestyle becomes a high-stakes battle of wills. For more on the film, here’s six clips.
At the film’s press day, co-stars Blake Lively and Salma Hayek talked about what they brought to their characters, preparing for such gritty roles, how many times they had to spit in and slap Benicio Del Toro’s face, respectively, and the fascination with a woman like Elena who has so much power. Lively also talked about shooting her CW drama series Gossip Girl simultaneously with Savages, while Hayek talked about her love of swearing in Spanish. Check out what they had to say after the jump.