thirteen livesRon Howard’s new film about the Tham Luang cave rescue, is the most elaborate attempt yet to give the Hollywood treatment to one of the most dangerous rescue missions of the last times.
The production meticulously recreated the caves of Tham Luang, where twelve young soccer players and their coach were trapped underwater in 2018. Apparently, they did such a good job that even stars like Colin Farrell were terrified by the experience.
“The word is terrifying,” Farrell said in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight . “It was really scary. On top of that, I’m not exactly a great swimmer. It’s not like we had to swim all the time or float in the water…”
Colin Farrell in a crossover with Nicole Kidman during the Cannes Film Festival. AFP Photo
“We had to stay on the surface, but they built a really impressive network of caves, it was about four or five different caves that were based on the topography of the original ones, the Tham Luang caves in Thailand. Once they filled them with water, we descended and you had the feeling that there was no rise”.
Also, it was all very dark.
Farrell explained that the film’s cave setting meant that the underwater scenes were shot indoors in the dark.
It wasn’t so much the water that scared him, but the total darkness that didn’t allow him to have a notion of how much space there was when trying to move.
“There’s a lot to be said for being able to look up into the water and see the surface,” he said. “So when you can’t and there’s actually a roof over your head, and there’s no air at all…well, that can wreak havoc on your mind.”
Even with the help of an accomplished security team and various consultants who worked on the actual rescue, Farrell found himself having panic attacks.
The Tham Luang caves in Thailand are a center of tourist attraction. AP Photo
“The truth, everything has to be said, is that the production had prepared a great team of assistants and specialists in the field to be able to advise us and eventually contain us in complicated situations. Rick Stanton was there, and Jason Mallinson was there, two of the gentlemen who were part of the team.
“Still, I couldn’t help it. And I had panic attacks underwater! An underwater panic attack! That was a new experience for me”.
And then he continued: “I mean, at the end of the day, we had a whole team of incredible safety divers… In one of the many waiting moments that arise on a shoot, I started talking to one of the divers, people who pass in the water for a long time as you can imagine…
Ron Howard, the director of the project. AFP Photo
“At first I was hesitating whether to ask him or not, but in the end I made up my mind and asked one of the safety divers: pa cia: ‘
-How many movies did you make underwater?
-Yes, how are you…
“At that point we were already played so, fearing what he might answer me, I kept going…
-And which was the riskiest? -I asked for. and yes he said:
“This,” he said. Without thinking for a second.
So Colin Farrell’s fears were not unfounded at all.
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