In “Now You See Me”, actress Isla Fisher plays a glamorous escapologist named, “Henley” (a female Houdini), which starts with dramatic shots of her freeing herself from shackles while submerged in a tank of water. The scene also demanded she bang desperately on the glass walls to give the impression of being in distress.
But that stunt went horribly wrong.
The 37-year-old recently revealed that when her chains became entangled, she started to panic for real. Isla said she was unable to reach a safety “kill switch” button that would’ve drained the thousands of gallons of water in 70 seconds, while a safety diver with a canister of oxygen was too far away to reach her. Keep in mind that she was submerged for two-and-a-half minutes before trouble hit!
Of her ordeal, Isla said:
They had a guy who was off camera, but he was a long way away with a can of oxygen. By the time I realized I couldn’t get up and beckoned for him, I realized that I had run out of air. Luckily, I managed to get free and stay level-headed and got out before it went even more horribly wrong.
She also said that in her moment of panic she thought, “Not in a swimming costume. No one wants to go in a swimming costume”. Oh, Isla. Still funny at a time like that! You’re a brave one.
And in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer for “Now You See Me”: