“One thing that really, really bugs me is that things aren’t safe,” Foy said of the Andrew Garfield movie.
Claire Foy has no problem mentioning everything when it comes to her previous roles.
The Women Talking star opened up about feeling “tense and high-maintenance” during production of the 2017 film Breathe after voicing concerns about unsafe stunts involving wild elephants. Based on the true story of traveling Kenyan couple Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (Foy), Breathe was actor Andy Serkis’ directorial debut.
“One thing that’s really getting on my nerves is that things aren’t safe. Stunts – I can’t tell you how many situations I’ve had: ‘No, it’s okay! You’re about to meet an elephant! Doesn’t matter! You don’t have to meet the elephant first – just drive towards it at high speed and get out of the car and meet the elephant!’” Foy recalled during the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
Foy continued, “I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t be okay with that and now I’m feeling really uptight and in need of care because I’m pretty scared of encountering a giant elephant.”
She added: “Maybe I was a little bit like a baby. But I was like, ‘I feel like this is a little bit unsafe, guys. It’s not a trained elephant. It’s just a random elephant we’re driving towards.’”
And that experience wasn’t limited to “Breathe”: Foy noted that she’d frequently engaged in unsafe stunt work.
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been involved in stunts where I’ve just said, ‘This isn’t okay,'” said the Girl in the Spider’s Web actress. “And then everyone’s like, ‘No, it’s okay!’ And then you say, “Okay, I trust you know what’s going on here,” and it turns out nobody does. It’s bad. But then I haven’t done anything like that in a couple of years, so I think it’s probably changed.”
Foy previously told The New York Times that she feared for her life on the set of Breathe.
“We had to drive straight towards the elephants at high speed and brake suddenly. I screamed, ‘Oh my god, that’s a bit like kamikaze, isn’t it?!'” said the “Crown” actress. “And [director] Andy Serkis says, ‘No, Claire, it’s okay, just hold my hand.’ Andrew Garfield is in the jeep, passive – like, “Come and sleep with me in the jeep” – and I’m just scared. I almost [lost it].”
Foy concluded, “I could just see the headline, ‘Two Actors Die in Jeep After Being Attacked by Elephants.’ But then the lady elephant smelled me and that was it. She moved on and it was an incredible experience.”
https://www.indiewire.com/2023/01/claire-foy-felt-high-maintenance-breathe-1234796838/ Claire Foy felt “high maintenance” during production of Breathe.