No. 14

By EW Staff
Updated December 14, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Million Dollar Baby: Merie W. Wallace

Hilary Swank kicks butt in ”Million Dollar Baby”

AS Maggie Fitzgerald
IN Million Dollar Baby (2004)

WHO IS SHE? A 32-year-old waitress who, despite her age and inexperience, dreams of a welterweight women’s boxing title

SKILLS Persistence, discipline, iron will, and a killer right hook that knocks out most opponents in the first round

BATTLE GEAR A green silk robe embroidered with a Gaelic slogan whose meaning is unknown to Maggie, but which becomes a chant for her fans

MALE ADMIRER Crusty old trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), who comes to see Maggie as a surrogate daughter; the cryptic robe is a sentimental gift from him

DROP-DEAD DIALOGUE (To Frankie, after spending all day at the gym throwing punches) ”I’m workin’ the bag, boss.”

CAN’T GET ENOUGH? Swank first studied ass-kicking under another old-man mentor, Pat Morita’s Mr. Miyagi, in The Next Karate Kid (1994)