Kate Winslet says she’s proud her underwater scene in Avatar 2 saw her breaking Tom Cruise’s record for holding one’s breath in a movie.
Kate Winslet is proud to have beaten Tom Cruise’s underwater record for Avatar 2. In 1997, Winslet took a voyage on the doomed ocean liner Titanic for director James Cameron, and nearly drowned in the process of shooting one of the movie’s watery action scenes.
Many actors would have said no thanks to doing more underwater work, especially with the notoriously demanding Cameron, after going through such a harrowing experience. Winslet on the other hand was left wanting to do more. So when Cameron came calling for Winslet to head to the fictional moon Pandora and play a member of the reef-dwelling tribe of Na’vi in Avatar 2, the actress signed on. Recently, behind-the-scenes photos teased Winslet’s eventual work for the Avatar sequel, as the actress held her breath for seven minutes to film a scene involving a weird underwater Na’vi ceremony.
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Winslet as it turned out broke a record by holding her breath for seven minutes in the scene, surpassing the six minutes of breath-holding Cruise achieved while shooting Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. But as Winslet told ET in a recent interview, she didn’t even know the scope of her achievement until other people pointed it out to her. She explained:
“It’s so funny because I don’t really read reviews or media things. I’m not on Instagram, like I’m just completely disconnected from that part of my life. So all of this week and the week before, I’ve had people coming up to me at work saying, ‘Oh my God, like seven minutes and 14 seconds? Like, what?!” And I’m going, ‘What? Hang on, wait a minute. How do you know that?’ It was brilliant and I was very proud of myself and I’ll probably never be able to do it again. That came at the end of four weeks worth of quite intense training and it was in the dive tank, it was in the training tank. But I loved it.”
Cruise of course is well known for his death defying movie stunts, including dangling from the outside of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, hanging off the wing of a plane during takeoff and doing his own dangerous helicopter stunt flying. For his next trick, Cruise will fly into orbit to film on the International Space Station. Winslet on the other hand is better known for her actual acting than her stunts, having snagged seven Oscar nominations in her career, with a win coming in 2009 for The Reader. Cruise by comparison has just three Oscar nominations with no wins so far.
While Cruise has focused on airborne stunts involving leaping between buildings and diving out of airplanes, others have stepped up to perfect the art of underwater acting, with Winslet now owning the distinction of the longest time holding one’s breath. As it happens, Winslet’s Avatar 2 co-star Sigourney Weaver also set an impressive breath-holding mark of six minutes while shooting her own underwater scenes. Now that it’s gotten out that Winslet topped Cruise’s time, Cruise may demand that Christopher McQuarrie write an underwater scene for Mission: Impossible 7 so he can get the record back. But until Cruise gets around to proving he can hold his breath underwater longer than any other Oscar-nominated actor, Winslet and her Avatar 2 stunt coordinators can enjoy setting one of the odder records in moviemaking.
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Key Release Dates
- Avatar 2 (2022)Release date: Dec 16, 2022
- Avatar 3 (2024)Release date: Dec 20, 2024
- Avatar 4 (2026)Release date: Dec 18, 2026
- Avatar 5 (2028)Release date: Dec 22, 2028
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