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Rihanna's Tearful 'Battleship' Audition

March 19th, 2012 3:36pm EDT

RihannaRihanna broke down in tears after enduring a grueling audition process for the upcoming blockbuster Battleship.

The Umbrella hit-maker will make her acting debut in the big budget spectacular, playing a navy cadet who helps fight against an invasion of alien ships.

Even though director Peter Berg was convinced Rihanna would be perfect for the movie after watching her music videos, he put her through her paces in the audition - and the singer was left frazzled by the process.

Berg tells Total Film, "I saw one of her videos and she was really cocky and sassy, very scrappy. There was a certain inherent toughness to her. Everyone thought I was crazy but I put a call out and asked her to come in."

"She was funny and tough, a natural performer... I wanted a gorgeous girl. I'll be very honest about that, but I wanted someone who could act. I put her through more audition paces than anyone else and wouldn't let her stop until she was crying real tears!"

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