Naomi Watts on Filming Tsunami Scenes in ‘The Impossible’: “It was intense work. For anyone, but at my age, boy, it was a workout”

Naomi-Watts-The-ImpossibleOne would think that after being manhandled (apehandled?) by a giant gorilla in King Kong an actress could pretty much pull off any physical role.  But Naomi Watts, who stars in The Impossible, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, had to fend with far more than a digital gorilla since much of the film takes place during a tsunami in Thailand. 

On one hand, Watts admits that the role didn’t require her to memorize much dialogue: she says it amounts to about two pages, and “The rest is about physical stuff or groans or calling each other’s names.”

But acting in a massive water tank wasn’t like a day at the water park for Watts and the cast.  In fact, she confesses that she wasn’t as much acting during filming as she was reacting, saying, “They had this thing worked out where the current was coming this way and we were in these sort of giant flowerpots almost.  And we were being thrust on a kind of track. And it wasn’t like, ‘Oh, I’m going to choose to do this in this take.’ You were just in it and swallowing water and trying to get above the water and also make it good and go below and up, and so at the end of each time you went down, which was about 80,000 times, you were spitting out water and gasping for air.”

Though the 43 year-old Watts survived, she admits it wasn’t easy.  “It was intense work.  For anyone, but at my age, boy, it was a workout.”

via The Los Angeles Times

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/tracy-letts-indignation.png
Tracy Letts on Turning Down Acting Work: “It’s not worth doing work that I’m not proud of”
"I'm in a weird and enviable position in that, because of my playwriting, I don't have to do anything as an actor I don't want to do." - Tracy Letts
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/elizabeth-moss-handmais-tale.jpg
Elisabeth Moss on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and Doing Television When Actors Weren’t “Supposed” to Do Television
"I still get excited when I get offered stuff. Like, a part of me thinks, They think I can do it! That’s awesome!" - Elisabeth Moss
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/dennis-quaid-dogs-purpose.jpg
Dennis Quaid on Discovering Acting and His Early Career
"I discovered that acting was really a study of human behavior; what made people tick. And that fascinated me, and still fascinates me." - Dennis Quaid
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/jon-favreau.jpg
Jon Favreau: “Acting is the closest thing you’ll get to an apprenticeship for directing”
"I learned to read character—how people tick, and I got firsthand experience of the anxiety and fear that actors deal with." - Jon Favreau on Taking Improv Classes
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/goldie-hawn-snatched.jpg
Goldie Hawn on Finding Success: “I believe you have to start with a craft; you don’t just start with a dream”
"Learn what it is to sweat. Learn what it is to fail. Learn how to take rejection. Don't personalize it." - Goldie Hawn