Kate Bosworth has made a career of being picky, and she’s proud of it. But the actress admits there have been drawbacks.

“I literally won’t work,” she says. “I would find it difficult to take on a role that felt unsatisfactory to me. There has to be some kind of strength or intrigue to it. And there’s not a whole lot of them, so there’s a certain amount of patience that has to be involved when crafting a career, I suppose.”

Her latest selection is “The Warrior’s Way,” a genre-bending mix of martial arts and the Old West, in which Bosworth stars as an orphaned girl raised by a band of carnival folk who are thirsty for revenge. The role called for more than a little stunt work, including an epic, acrobatic swordfight with Danny Huston’s menacing Colonel. “I don’t shy away from anything physical. I enjoy it,” she says. “But you read on the page of the script, ‘Lynn and the Colonel have a showdown,’ and that’s kind of it. And then you get there and three weeks of shooting and you’re like, ‘Oh my God, I’m so sore and I have so many bruises.’”

So who does she think would actually win in a fight between her and Huston? “I’d have to get clever on that fight. I think I’d have to get clever mentally,” she says.

As for Huston, he insists he’d likely play dead until it was over.

Behind the camera

Kate Bosworth has found at least one solution to dealing with the lack of quality roles on offer: She’s producing one for herself. For the past four years, Bosworth has been developing “Lost Girls in Love Hotels,” about a self-destructive young woman adrift in Japan whose life is changed by a chance encounter.

“We’re pampered as actors. We get brought in at the last minute, do our bit and then leave. And so to be a part of a project where you’re there from the genesis to the ultimate release is a pretty awesome experience, and definitely maturing,” she says.