When it comes to heroics on a movie set, it’s hard to top Tom Cruise at ANYTHING. But Kate Winslet just did. While filming an underwater scene for “Avatar 2”, she held her breath for SEVEN MINUTES AND 14 SECONDS. Before that, Tom held the record for longest breath hold while filming underwater. He went SIX MINUTES while filming “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”.
Paramount Movies released a Behind-the-Scenes video of Cruise’s underwater scene…
Kate said in her interview with Entertainment Tonight, “It was brilliant and I was very proud of myself and I’ll probably never be able to do it again. That came at the end of four weeks’ worth of quite intense training and it was in the dive tank, it was in the training tank. But I loved it.”
The OfficialAvatar Twitter account tweeted an image of the extraordinary feat…
From Kate Winslet’s recent interview in @THR: “I had to learn how to free-dive to play that role in Avatar, and that was just incredible. My longest breath hold was seven minutes and 14 seconds, like crazy, crazy stuff.” pic.twitter.com/ZYAmZdNgHS
— Avatar (@officialavatar) October 26, 2020
Winslet also told ET that It’s so funny because I don’t really read reviews or media things. I’m not on Instagram, like I’m just completely disconnected from that part of my life. So all of this week and the week before, I’ve had people coming up to me at work saying, ‘Oh my God, like seven minutes and 14 seconds? Like, what?!’ And I’m going, ‘What? Hang on, wait a minute. How do you know that?'”
Neither Kate nor Tom will break the world breath-holding record anytime soon. It’s currently held by a guy named Aleix Segura Vendrell, who did it for 24 minutes and 3 seconds.