Kate Winslet talks about beating Tom Cruise’s record for holding breath underwater while filming
Kate Winslet has reflected on beating a record held by Tom Cruise for holding her breath underwater while filming Avatar: The Way Of Water.
‘Poor Tom,’ Kate, 41, told USA Today in a recent article. ‘I mean, I don’t know Tom at all – I’ve never met him in my life – but I’m sure he’s getting very fed up of hearing this story of how I broke his record. I loved it, though. … I was amazed how good I was at it and how I just kept getting better.’
Kate portrays Ronal, an alien queen and leader of an oceanic clan, in Avatar 2 and held her breath underwater for seven minutes and 14 seconds while filming.
Filming record: Kate Winslet, shown earlier this month in London, has reflected on beating a record held by Tom Cruise for holding her breath underwater while filming Avatar 2
Tom, 60, previously held the record after he lasted six minutes underwater while filming the 2015 spy sequel Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Avatar franchise cast member Sigourney Weaver, 73, told USA Today that there wasn’t a breath-holding competition among the cast.
‘We were delighted for Kate that she did that. My husband (theater director Jim Simpson) and I both did six and a half minutes, which was astonishing to us and our teacher, Kirk Krack, who teaches the Navy SEALs. Everyone had a personal best,’ Sigourney said.
Kate trained extensively in free-diving in the months leading up to production and her husband Edward Abel Smith, 44, practiced with her in support.
Record shattered: Tom, shown in June in South Korea, previously held the record after he lasted six minutes underwater while filming the 2015 spy sequel Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
‘Ned is an extremely fit, healthy person and is capable of a great many things. He trained with me so that if I needed to practice without our instructor there we were safe because you really can’t do it by yourself. It’s the same as scuba diving: You have to have a buddy. It’s a sport, it’s a skill, and your body adjusts to be able to do that thing. So having Ned there was very important,’ Kate said.
The role of Ronal reunited Kate with her Titanic director James Cameron, 68.
Avatar 2 premiered in London earlier this month and was released theatrically in the United States on December 16.
Oceanic clan: Kate portrays Ronal, an alien queen and leader of an oceanic clan, in Avatar 2 and held her breath underwater for seven minutes and 14 seconds while filming
The sequel as of Sunday has made about $881.4 million at the worldwide box office.
Titanic following its release in 1997 made $2 billion at the box office.
Kate has a starring role and is a co-producer of the upcoming biopic Lee about glamour model turned World War II photojournalist Lee Miller.
Action star: Tom is shown in a scene from the 2015 film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
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