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“It’s unlikely anything I’ve ever felt in my life”: Neytiri Actress Zoe Saldana Cried After a Daunting Under Water Scene During Avatar: The Way of Water

Neytiri Actress Zoe Saldana Cried After a Daunting Under Water Scene During Avatar The Way of Water

Zoe Saldana’s long-awaited sequel of the groundbreaking Avatar seems to flabbergast spectators with its immaculate visual treat in the cinemas. The sequel which was being developed by James Cameron & co. for over more than a decade seems to bring out its astounding tales behind the cameras while constructing this visual amusement subsequently setting a new benchmark in the field of cinematic visuals.

Zoe Saldana‘s relationship in starring billion-dollar franchises seems habitual as the Guardians of the Galaxy actress seems to take each of her craft earnestly, as she cascades her everything whichever role she is assigned to. In the filming of Avatar: The Way of Water she discloses the challenges she overcame during filming.

Zoe Saldaña as Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar.
Zoe Saldaña as Neytiri in James Cameron’s Avatar.

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Zoe Saldana held her breath for 5 minutes during the underwater scene

James Cameron and his obsession with the craft can take elevated stages to higher degrees and Zoe Saldana is the perfect one to accompany the Terminator director in accomplishing his dream project. As recent outlets revealed Kate Winslet’s record of holding her breath underwater in the water-dwelling for about 7 minutes while shooting, it seems the Neytiri actress wasn’t much behind the Titanic lead. In an interview with Alex Jones and Ronan Keating on The One Show Zoe revealed how she had to hold her breath for 5 minutes underwater while shooting. she quoted,

“Going into it was quite daunting but James presents a challenge and he leads the way so if he’s not backing out you kind of have to step it up and if I have any reference from the first movie, you know, you surrounded us with all those resources and all we have to do was learn and so we applied this same kind of technique for the second movie”

Additionally stating that she was agitated by the challenge at the beginning but held her breath for about 5 minutes, inevitably encapsulating in the role by overcoming the challenge and rosing in confidence from the experience.

Zoe Saldaña learned ballet dance.
Zoe Saldaña learned ballet dance.

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Zoe Saldana’s fierce performance in the final act

Spoilers of Avatar: The Way of Water

Although the character of Neytiri played by Zoe Saldana was sidelined in the first two acts by diminishing her character to the backdoors, hence giving time to the new characters consisting of Kiri, Neteyam, Lo’ak, Tuk, and Spyder to flesh out, consequently giving them depth. Nonetheless, during the third act, Saldana takes the stage as you feel Neytiri’s emotional scar of losing a child and the motherly emotion and fierceness through her portrayal, as an upshot thoroughly owning the whole third act by her acting range.

Even though the movie slows down amidst the story to build its world which can be verbally elongated but visually hooks you throughout the whole runtime, accordingly making it one of the most visually appealing movies of the year. Besides, the simple plot compliments the unstained world-building, giving a great cinema experience.

Avatar 2 thrives in its epic storytelling
A still from Avatar: The Way of Water

With Avatar: The Way of Water on its way to a billion with $958 Million within its 12th day, seems to garnish critical fame and box-office success. It’d be engrossing to watch where James Cameron takes Avatar and the character of Neytiri in the upcoming sequels.

Avatar 3 will hit theatres on 20 December 2024.

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Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with Batman and The Everly Brothers. Apart from pursuing animation and analyzing movies, he possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a content writer at Fandomwire with over 100 articles.