Every high-speed action flick needs a scantily clad woman to help kick some criminal butt. In the case of the newly released “Fast Five,” that woman just happens to be a former Miss Israel. Model and actress Gal Gadot, a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces and numerous magazine covers, plays Gisele Harabo in the film, which is the fifth installment in the canon of “The Fast and the Furious.” (Gadot’s character was first introduced in the fourth installment, “Fast & Furious.”)
The viscerally satisfying movie has already garnered its share of accolades: Its opening weekend brought in an astounding $83.6 million (making it the highest-grossing April film opening ever).
From Israel, Gadot spoke to the Forward’s Curt Schleier about the film role and a nagging magazine cover that continues to draw ire.