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Luc Besson talks creating a female action hero with Lucy

In issue 222 of Total Film magazine (opens in new tab) , legendary action director Luc Besson tells us all about his love for the female action heroine as Lucy heads into cinemas.

Inside the issue - which is available for just £2.99 on your iPad (opens in new tab) - Besson discusses adding Scarlett Johansson's Lucy to his collection of kick-ass women, which already includes Nikita, Mathilda ( Leon ) and Cataleya ( Colombiana ).

"I try to write beautiful parts for women and I try to write beautiful parts for men," he says.

"I'm here for equality," he adds. "I think in the '80s it was just about the men. The woman would be crying in the back of the shot and that's not fair. So I just try to make good parts for everyone."

For more on Lucy, pick up the brand new issue of Total Film, which is out Friday 4 July, and includes an exclusive look at Sin City: A Dame To Kill For , plus nine more of the coolest movies coming your way – including Lucy, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Big Hero 6 .

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