In the scene, shot this past summer in Vancouver, B.C., Typhoid Mary pins Garner's Elektra to the ground, preparing to plant a fatal kiss on her lips.
By day, Typhoid Mary is a normal woman, but at night, her eye color changes and she becomes a knife-wielding psychotic capable of spreading typhoid with just her breath. "She can kill with her touch or by kissing or even blowing kisses," teases Malthe, 26. "If she walks through a forest, everything withers around her."
The kissing scene was filmed over two days in the woods on a bed of dead leaves. "I basically had to float through the air, landing on top of her," says Malthe, a former ballet dancer. "But this is not a sexual act. I want to kill her."
The daughter of an Asian mother and Norwegian father, Malthe grew up in Norway and Canada. She was fighting off a cold the day the kiss was shot, meaning she was kind of a real Typhoid Mary on the set.
"I was coughing up a storm and using Listerine between every shot," she says. "I was so scared of infecting Jennifer because she was going right back to Alias after Elektra. Luckily, she didn't catch it."
Assassin-for-hire Elektra Natchios (Garner) is revived by the Order of the Hand, a group of assassins who helped train her. Assigned by the Hand's current leader, Kirigi (Yun Lee), to kill a man, Mark Miller (Visnjic), and his 13-year-old daughter, Abby (Prout), Elektra soon befriends them and decides to stand up to her ninja peers.
Elektra, scheduled to hit theaters on January 14th, stars Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Will Yun Lee and Terence Stamp.