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As Darren Aronofsky’s epic biblical tale, Noah, is being premiered around the world, the cast and the team behind the film have been talking about their time in Iceland. The film was largely filmed in the country.
In an interview with the Daily Mail Russell Crowe, who plays the role of Noah, says he had to endure some gruelling days while shooting and finally got overwhelmed.
“We were doing a scene in Iceland where I had to fall into the sea. “It was less than 39 degrees [Fahrenheit/4 degrees Celsius]. I’d been in and out of the sea, half-naked, filming all day... physically it was very demanding. There were these rain towers in the sky that could flood eight football fields in 30 seconds, and it was constant rain. We had 36 days of it.
“It gets to the point where it’s like Chinese water torture. You can’t take it anymore.
“I went into hypothermia. When we wrapped, I was lying on these stones and I couldn’t get up. I couldn’t stop shaking. I couldn’t stop crying.
“Seven or eight people put blankets on me and sat on me until I stopped. It was crazy – they were hugging me, trying to get me to stop shaking.”
You can read the whole interview here
The movie trailer for Noah has received criticism from both US fundamentalist Christian groups and in conservative Muslim countries. The Christians take offence to Noah appearing drunk and the story not being a direct biblical translation, and the Muslims for contravening Islamic rules on the depiction of prophets.
Noah also stars Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson.
The landscape of Iceland features prominently in the official trailer for Noah.
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