Josh Lucas in Poseidon
When Josh Lucas broke through in the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, who would have predicted that he’d eventually fly stealth jets, fight The Hulk and headline a disaster movie like Poseidon? He looks pretty cool in those intense situations, but on the set he was just trying to get through it.
Josh Lucas Talks Poseidon Dangers
“I guess you’ll watch the DVD commentary for this movie and all of us are basically talking about how this is hell, this is absolute hell,” Lucas admitted. “And Wolfgang the entire time is like, 'This the most vonderful experience of my life! I'm having so much fun!' And all of us are like, 'You have no idea.' We were all hurt. We were all sick. I was hospitalized twice from this film. I had to have a severe surgery the moment the film ended, the day the film ended, in order to rebuild a muscle in my hand.”
Perhaps the most striking stunt that Lucas did is swimming under a flaming pool of water. “That's a real shot. That's a real shot and that was a shot I ridiculously trained for. I would really, really go home from work [and practice]. I mean, Jimmy Bennett, the little boy, and I would go in the hot tub and really sit and go underwater and hold our breath with a stopwatch and be like, 'Who can go longer?' Because that became the work of this movie in some ways. I would actually go home, in a house I rented here, in the pool and swim laps underwater without breathing as long as I possibly could because I knew that Wolfgang wanted me to do that shot.”
Once his lung capacity was sufficient, Lucas had to brave the dual elements of fire and water. “They lit that water on fire and the safety people told me, 'If you go up, we will knock you down and shove a regulator in your mouth before they'll be able to turn the fire off, because you cannot go up.' And that point, I'm standing there like 'What am I doing?' And literally they lit it on fire and you're sitting and you just basically go under and boom! You go and you cannot see anything. Because the water's so filled with debris and oxygen from the water cannons and all this stuff, you're field of vision is about between two and five feet, which is one of the ways I got hurt, because you can't see each other under water and so you're smashing against each other and just an extremely interesting thing. What it was for me at that point, I was like, 'This is the only time. You're never in your life going to do this again.'”
The only part of that sequence that employed a stunt double was when Lucas’s character actually dove from a ledge into the fiery pit. “I did not jump. I think that is actually the only shot in the entire movie that I'm doubled and they wouldn't let me do it.”
Poseidon comes to theatres on May 12th 2006.
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