10/31/2005 at 01:00 AM EST
Bounty Hunter Domino Harvey The onetime model inspired the new action flick Domino
, a mostly fictional account of her pursuit of California fugitives before her death in June from an accidental drug overdose at age 35.
YOU OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES Director Tony Scott tracked down Harvey after reading a 1994 article about her experiences as one of the country's few female bounty hunters. The child of British actor Laurence Harvey and cover girl Pauline Stone, she "became a surrogate daughter," says Scott, who persuaded her to tell her story.
TOUGH CUSTOMER Always a thrill seeker, Harvey followed up a brief modeling stint by working as a ranch hand and firefighter before realizing her calling and capturing almost 50 fugitives. "She had a shaved head, leather jacket and a pit bull," says Mickey Rourke, who portrays Harvey's boss and met the real woman on-set. "Man, she looked the part."
SADDER THAN FICTION Though the onscreen version (played by Keira Knightley
) triumphs, the real Harvey was awaiting trial on federal drug charges when she died. But Knightley thinks Harvey, who appears in the film's closing credits, would have "loved" Domino. "She may not have shown it," says Knightley, "but she would have been enjoying it all."