In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Neil Burger, and other members of the Divergent cast discuss some of their favorite stunts from the film:
Theo James much preferred his initially off-putting character’s swift moves. “We came up with this idea that he’s efficient and ruthless, so there aren’t any triple roundhouse kicks or black flips — it’s more like, someone pisses him off, he jabs them to the throat,” he said, also telling reporters of Woodley’s action scenes as Tris, “She’s strong, but that doesn’t affect her femininity. She doesn’t have to sacrifice anything — because sometimes in movies, [women] are forced to. If they’re trying to be strong or tough, they have to almost become a male archetype, but she retains her femininity.”
Director Neil Burger told THR about one of the film’s biggest stunts. “The best thing about directing Shai is that she’s completely fearless. She’s game for anything — she climbed that ferris wheel at 2 a.m. in 38-degree weather with no gloves, and hung out there for eight hours, 150 feet off the ground. She just did it. What she always said was, ‘I’m not afraid of heights, I’m just afraid of falling.’ ”
Ansel Elgort, who plays Tris’ brother, Caleb, said that “jumping on the train was fun — I like to rock climb, so I’m already used to jumping on things and grabbing hold.” He noted that the film was a learning experience for him as an actor in that “you’re in a totally different world, and you just have to keep it normal. ‘This is normal life, this is just the circumstances.’ I’ve never been in such a ‘world’ kind of movie, and it’s important that, if you want to stay good and someone people can relate to, just say, ‘This is normal. I’m just a human being here.'”
Dauntless initiate Amy Newbold also discovered that she “really loved fighting! I’m a very timid person in real life, so getting out the pent-up aggression is great. And I love falling, strangely enough.”
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