One Time Darren Aronofsky Went Too Far With Realism On The Set Of His $160M Movie
The pain must've been the key to the movie's success, otherwise it was unnecessary.
Despite being called Darren Aronofsky's least personal work to date, Noah was a huge success at the box office, grossing a total of $160 million.
Of course, this was not only due to the biblical story with a somewhat scandalous interpretation, which caused a lot of discussion, but also due to a whole bunch of talented actors who were recruited for their roles.
Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins and many more actors gave their all to make the movie as good as it is.
Two of the most important ones would be Noah himself and the main antagonist of the movie, Tubal-cain, portrayed by Russel Crowe and Ray Winstone respectively.
Although it's hard to imagine these actors complaining about the hardships of the profession, one of them confessed that working with Darren Aronofsky was a little too intense for his liking.
"I think Darren takes great pleasure in seeing you go through pain – you go again and again and again. He pushes you to the limit, looking for perfection," Ray Winstone shared in one of the interviews, talking about Noah.
It's not a surprising comment, considering how many seemingly painful scenes the actor had to go through in the movie.
At least a good half of them could be expected to be a very talented performance mixed with the famous movie magic of CGI, but the filming got so real that Winstone got a pretty bad trauma out of it.
While filming the fight scenes, the actor not only suffered a sunstroke, but also lost movement in his right arm.
Fortunately, all was well and Winstone recovered from the injury, but this incident marks yet another instance of actors going out of their way to please Aronofsky and meet his standards. Even when the stakes are high.