Phoebe Waller-Bridge recalls a memorable moment from filming Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fatesaying she got a “thrill” from one scene in particular.
The actress, who plays adventurer’s goddaughter Helena Shaw, spoke exclusively to digital spy about the fifth film in the franchise, saying his reaction to the setting matched that of his character.
“It was going into the tomb at the end, and the detail and the grandeur of it,” she told us. “The walls were wet and dripping, and there were these beautiful artifacts everywhere, and the lighting was amazing. It was really huge.
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“They build these sets, so it’s an experience when you walk in. It’s 360 [degrees]. I remember walking into this, and my character was supposed to walk in and look at everything in awe. And, my God, I did it – I really got a thrill,” she added.
Director James Mangold explained that dedication to practical filmmaking was imperative to maintaining the “fabric” of Indiana Jones’ story in dial of fate.
“It’s important for all the reasons that are [both] obvious and [not] obvious,” he said.
“One of the real charms of the Indiana Jones films is the acting and the wonderful characters you meet, not just Dr. Jones, but the whole wonderful menagerie of people who come to him on his travels.
“For actors to be alive in a scene – it’s really hard if you’re standing inside a green dome, to be alive. The wind in your hair is different than a guy in tank top holding a fan. It’s just a very different something that’s woven into the fabric of these movies.”
Waller-Bridge wasn’t the only actor stunned by the film’s locations, with Shaunette Renée Wilson echoing her co-star’s sentiments.
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“My first day on set was filmed right outside of Hunter College, and seeing the vastness, scope and scale of this movie was truly amazing,” she said.
“There are hundreds of people working on it. It was wonderful, but also, because it was just a quick little scene, it also brought you in as an actor, like, ‘I’m here to do my job, and do the job.
“I had some really great teammates to work with. But I think internally I was definitely a fan of this opportunity and what it meant.”
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate hits UK cinemas on June 28 and US cinemas on June 30.
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