Soderbergh's strongest talent, it seems, is in his assembly of high-talent actors to star in all of his films. From Traffic to Contagion to Ocean's 11, Soderbergh has proven himself the master of the ensemble cast. However, recently Soderbergh has gone specifically out of his way to blend the lines between reality and fiction in his more focused casting. This was most notable with his casting of porn star Sasha Grey in his film The Girlfriend Experience, where she starred as a high-end Manhattan prostitute.
In his newest film, Haywire, Soderbergh attempts to bring the same realism to his protagonist's performance that Sasha Grey, in her controversial role, brought to The Girlfriend Experience. This time he has brought in celebrated MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter Gina Carano to play the powerful black-ops operative Mallory Kane. Has casting an untested actress for her raw physicality paid off for Soderbergh in Haywire?