Since starting her acting career in 1991, Kate Winslet has been willing to do almost anything a role required of her — until now, that is.
Ahead of the release of her new film The Mountain Between Us this week, both Winslet and her costar Idris Elba sat down with Collider and talked about the challenges of making the movie, which was actually filmed on a mountain, in extreme weather. In fact, things got so intense, that Winslet admitted that for the first time in her career, she actually said “no” to the request of a director — and it was all due to safety.
“I had one, there was one day when [filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad] said, ‘so, I just want you to go, away, like that, and around to the left, and around the corner, so we don’t see you.’ And I said Hany, I’m really sorry, but I’m not going to do it,” Winslet told Collider of how scary it really was filming the disaster drama.
Although it wasn’t a big deal to not want to venture around the mountain alone, Winslet had never told a director “no,” when asked to do something… ever!
“It was the only time actually in my whole career that I refused to do something for a director and he just looked at me and went, ‘okay.’ He knew as well as I did that he didn’t know what was around that bend, and he didn’t really know how deep that snow was,” she recalled. “Even though we were told it was only three and a half feet, it was never three and a half feet, it was always way deeper. That day there was something in me that went, ‘No, I’m not going to do that.’”
If you want to see the film — which is about two strangers (Winslet and Elba) chartering a plane that eventually crashes, leaving them stranded on a mountain trying to survive — head to a theater near you beginning this weekend.
The Mountain Between Us hits theaters on October 6, 2017.
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