1 Aug – Colin Farrell jokingly blamed Viggo Mortensen for causing him to do the underwater stunt for their new movie, "Thirteen Lives", which he said caused him a panic attack.
The actor, who shared his experience filming the grueling scene with THR at the premiere of the movie, stated that he just had to do it himself after the "Lord of the Rings" actor decided that he needed no stunt double for it.
"I couldn't have Viggo take all the glory," Farrell joked. "I might have to blame Viggo for that decision but, you know, in for a penny in for a pound. If Viggo's in, I'm in."
Farrell, who plays diver John Volanthen who helped rescued the 12 Thai boys and their coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave back in 2018, stated that he had a panic moment when he was underwater.
"I had to say to myself, 'Just relax. Be calm. You're fine. There's nothing to worry about. Your tank is good, you've got a 60 percent full tank. Just slow your breath down. It's OK,'" Farrell recalled. "At times, there was no surface over your head, just a ceiling and it was incredibly nerve racking and I was incredibly uncomfortable. There was no light and you would wait for [the crew] to get on the speakers to tell you the camera was rolling."
"But if you were underwater when they called 'action,' you might not hear the f** speaker so everyone is looking at everyone else under the water. If something happened, someone might back up into you and hit your f** mask [pushing it sideways]. All of a sudden - hello, panic attack."
Aside from Farrell and Mortensen, the latter playing British diver Richard Stanton, the movie co-stars Joel Edgerton, Tom Bateman, Sukollawat Kanarot, and Lewis Fitz-Gerald among others.