We all know how great Halle Berry is in front of the camera, but how does she fare behind it?

The American actress has showcased her extraordinary skills across the X-Men franchise and in such efforts as John Wick: Chapter 3, Swordfish, Gothika, Cloud Atlas, and beyond.

However, many still regard her Monster’s Ball performance as the very best; it even earned her the coveted Academy Award for Best actress.

Her latest performance in Bruised is a knockout too, and it’s actually her directorial feature debut. Needless to say, her stamp on the movie is undeniable, but the locations also inevitably prove an important influence on the piece of work.

So, where was Bruised filmed?

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Where was Bruised filmed?

Bruised was filmed entirely in New Jersey. This lends the project authenticity, as it’s also where the narrative takes place.

The production team found a number of places in the northeastern US state – both exterior and interior – to suit their needs, as well as erecting their own sets to tell this tale of an MMA fighter gunning for a triumphant comeback.

As noted by The Cinemaholic, there was a brief delay in shooting as a result of Halle suffering an injury, but she was determined not to affect the schedule too severely.

Diving into specific New Jersey locations, first we have Atlantic City.

If you’re an MMA fan, perhaps it’s not too surprising to see they shot sequences in the resort city, arguably best known for its casinos and beaches. This is where the bulk of the fights were captured.

It’s also well renowned for its iconic Boardwalk, and the sports arena where certain characters fight is actually Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall; you can find it at 2301 Boardwalk.

To better facilitate the production, a team set to work on raising an MMA octagon inside the arena.

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More Bruised movie filming locations

Next up, we have Newark!

This is reportedly where the majority of the film’s principal photography was done. Many of the exterior sequences were filmed here, with numerous streets making it into the final cut.

For example, those familiar with the city may recognise characters navigating places on Broad Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues.

To suit the shoot, there were also some road restrictions enforced around Broad Street and Mount Pleasant Avenue.

Speaking of Mount Pleasant Avenue, this area is cemented as Jackie Justice’s neighborhood, as it’s the area in which she trains for the pivotal fight. It was actually the Elite Heat Boxing Gym – found at 130 Mount Pleasant Avenue – where she is seen preparing for the stand-off.

The filming process eventually wrapped on December 20th 2019.

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“I pushed my body past my limits”

While in conversation with Coming Soon, Halle addressed the physicality she brought to the role, opening up about preparation and sacrifice:

“I pushed my body past my limits. I really got to understand what I was made of in this process. I worked harder than I’ve ever worked for longer than I’ve ever worked, and I think I attacked it with more passion than I’ve ever attacked anything.”

She added: “That’s attributed to how much I really do love and respect the sport and the athletes of the sport.”

Bruised is now streaming on Netflix.

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