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'Dark Angel' star ready for combat

"Dark Angel" star Jessica Alba has "broken ribs doing harness jumps" and "messed up my ribs doing kicks," but the 19-year-old actress says it's been worth it.

"I'm less scared," Alba told Entertainment Weekly in its March 16 issue. "When I walk around I know that if someone attacked me, at least I'd be able to defend myself. I could probably take out an eyeball."

To prepare for her role as a genetically enhanced soldier in the mid-21st century, Alba lifted weights and did cardio training, gymnastics and kung fu training.

"She wasn't particularly physically fit," co-creator James Cameron ("Titanic") told the magazine. "But there was something about her — an attitude, a sass — that made me keep thinking of her."