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Rihanna's Battleship mentor praises star's fighting spirit

A Navy officer who helped Rihanna get into character for her film debut Battleship has praised the pop star's tough-girl credentials, insisting the singer was better than her stunt double.

The Umbrella hitmaker plays a weapons officer in the war blockbuster, based on the game of the same name, and relied on technical adviser Jacqueline Carrizosa to teach her how to handle guns and be combat-ready.


Rihanna has previously revealed she was in awe of Carrizosa on-set, and now her mentor has returned the compliment by admitting she was equally impressed with the singer's military skills.


She tells Britain's The Sun, "We were on set from sunrise to sunset - Rihanna was really tough. She was way better than her stunt double.


"She's not afraid to get bruised or cut. All the stuff her stunt double would normally do, she was doing herself. I taught her how to handle the weapons. When she had a gun in her hand she couldn't stop smiling. She loved it."


Rihanna even got involved in Navy soccer matches - and refused to show any mercy on the pitch.


Carrizosa adds, "When Rihanna played soccer she was really aggressive, like I am - pushing rival players out of the way."