The Hardest Thing About Filming Tomb Raider, According To Alicia Vikander

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Alicia Vikander has talked a lot about the training she underwent leading into the filming of her upcoming movie Tomb Raider. The actress put on 12 pounds of muscle and did a lot of cross-training, including rock climbing and swimming, to get fit for the role. She had to do plenty of action sequences during filming after putting on all that muscle, but recently Vikander revealed that the hardest thing to shoot was not even the sort of scene that she anticipated. She said that filming the water scenes almost caused her to give up, noting,

I didn't know the hardest thing throughout the shoot [would be filming] in water for about 12 days. I was prepared for the kind of pain and cuts and difficult action scenes, and, by the end, I was a bit bummed that the cold water was going to be the thing that actually took me down.

If you've caught the trailer for Tomb Raider, you've probably already seen Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft take off in a boat. She's looking into her late father's work and this means journeying to a mysterious island through storm-laden waters. Obviously the rough water would be difficult to shoot in, but Vikander also made it clear a few months ago that the water scenes were particularly got to the point where they were a bit scary. At one point, she even mentioned having to re-film scenes because she got too cold that she "turned too blue" for the camera. Now, she's speaking out, noting these scenes were the hardest to film for the movie.

We've heard Tomb Raider even filmed water scenes at the London venue for Olympic rafting, but Alicia Vikander revealed that the water scenes were the most difficult action sequences to shoot while speaking to Variety at the movie's premiere. If you've looked into the film at all, you probably noticed from all of the footage we've glimpsed that the movie has plenty of action sequences, including some really cool-looking stuff in a tomb. Vikander has been clear that the character of Lara Croft has been around for 22 years and that she feels there is room for multiple versions of the character in the pop culture landscape, noting her character will be different than the Angeline Jolie iteration. And now we only have a few more days to wait and see how the movie itself pans out.

If you are pumped for the new take on the popular video game character, you can catch Tomb Raider starting on March 16, or take a look at some of the critical reactions for the film, here. In addition, if you'd like to know more about the upcoming film, you can take a look at our full guide.

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