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Penélope Cruz: Making Nine Hurt So...Good!

Nine, Penelope Cruz David James / The Weinstein Co.

Penélope Cruz is not happy about the way her hands look.

She really was hoping that Nine would have left them scarred.

You see, the Oscar winner, who plays a va-va-va-voom mistress of a 1960s Italian movie director in the musical flick, does a sexy song-and-dance number in lingerie that involves her slithering up, down and around a pair of ropes...

"I didn't want the marks I got from the ropes to go away, because they were like my little medals," Cruz tells me. "I was so used to them that after three months of training, I didn't even feel physical pain anymore. I loved it."

Choreographer John DeLuca could attest to that.

"She was bleeding," he says. "But no one has worked harder on a number than her. Everyday, she was like, 'When can I practice. Who can help me?' "

However, the Spanish beauty never exactly got used to the start of the routine. "My number starts on a slide that is like 40 meters high," she explains. "You don't really see that, so you can't appreciate how high it was, but I was nervous. It demanded that you be present…and alert so you don't get hurt."

Sounds like someone needs to find a good action movie for Ms. Cruz, don't ya think?

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