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Real Final Destination Moments

Published August 28, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of New Line Cinema
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The Final Destination films show how death can get you anywhere. It seems like just making the films, people experience near Final Destination moments of their own. Cast in a lead role in The Final Destination, actress Shantel VanSanten was almost scared out of the part.

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“When I actually first booked the movie, my agent had called me and I had him like on speaker phone in the car,” VanSanten said. “He’s like, ‘Okay, so you booked Final Destination.’ I was like, ‘Awesome.’ I pull out of my parking space, 35 miles an hour into my car this lady hit me. There was a crash and obviously the phone went silent and he just freaked out for like three hours. They had to come pull me out of the other side of the car. I was like, ‘Do you really think I should do this movie? I don't know anymore. Is this supposed to be my sign.’ I knew the premise of the movies. I’d never seen any of the other ones but I was like, ‘I don't know about this.’ He’s like, ‘No, you should.’ And I’m like, ‘Are you sure? I just got into a car accident as you told me.’ I think we all had a weird moment kind of like that.”

Producer Craig Perry also reassured her. “Well, you get on the phone and you talk with her,” Perry said. “We sent her flowers in the hospital and did all the things you should do with somebody who’s just been in a very scary T-bone car accident. I think it was the prospect of how we reacted to the fact and we sort of said, ‘We understand if you don’t that made her say it’s safe to do.”

Fortunately, neither VanSanten nor the other driver were seriously hurt. “Luckily enough I had like two weeks before I went there [to set],” she said. “I just had bumps and bruises and a cut. I really walked away so lucky. My whole car was caved in on my side. My best friend was in the car with me. The police officer tried to crucify me because there was a baby in the other car. He was like, ‘You pulled out…’ ‘My best friend was in the car, she had a baby in the car, what are you talking about?’ But it’s fine.”



“When I actually first booked the movie, my agent had called me and I had him like on speaker phone in the car,” VanSanten said. “He’s like, ‘Okay, so you booked Final Destination.’ I was like, ‘Awesome.’ I pull out of my parking space, 35 miles an hour into my car this lady hit me. There was a crash and obviously the phone went silent and he just freaked out for like three hours. They had to come pull me out of the other side of the car. I was like, ‘Do you really think I should do this movie? I don't know anymore. Is this supposed to be my sign.’ I knew the premise of the movies. I’d never seen any of the other ones but I was like, ‘I don't know about this.’ He’s like, ‘No, you should.’ And I’m like, ‘Are you sure? I just got into a car accident as you told me.’ I think we all had a weird moment kind of like that.”

Producer Craig Perry also reassured her. “Well, you get on the phone and you talk with her,” Perry said. “We sent her flowers in the hospital and did all the things you should do with somebody who’s just been in a very scary T-bone car accident. I think it was the prospect of how we reacted to the fact and we sort of said, ‘We understand if you don’t that made her say it’s safe to do.”

Fortunately, neither VanSanten nor the other driver were seriously hurt. “Luckily enough I had like two weeks before I went there [to set],” she said. “I just had bumps and bruises and a cut. I really walked away so lucky. My whole car was caved in on my side. My best friend was in the car with me. The police officer tried to crucify me because there was a baby in the other car. He was like, ‘You pulled out…’ ‘My best friend was in the car, she had a baby in the car, what are you talking about?’ But it’s fine.”

The Final Destination opens to theaters on today.

For the poster, trailer and more movie info, go to the The Final Destination Movie Page.

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