Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler reveals how he learned to swim for Black Panther sequel
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Coogler said recently diversity As many members as that Wakanda foreverIts cast had to learn to free dive and train with free diving instructors and aquatic stunt teams for the movie, he Decided he had to be on the same page.
“Many of us were brought up with a fear of water,” says the 36-year-old director. diversity. “I had to figure out how to swim so I could direct this movie.”
About half Wakanda foreverIts scenes take place underwater with the addition of new antagonist Namor (Tenoch Huerta), who rules the secret deep-sea land of Talocan, according to diversity.
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“There’s a lot of black and Mesoamerican people in the water in this movie,” Coogler told the outlet, adding that he’s “excited to see what people will see.” Wakanda forever costar Angela Bassett And Letitia Wright “Done in the water” for the new movie.
“I was impressed with how much stunt work they all did, how everyone was ready to go, ready to learn how to free dive,” he added.
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Coogler said diversity At the start of the shoot, her swimming skills were only good enough to “survive”. The director said learning how to free dive with his cast and swim more efficiently was a rewarding experience.
“I think it was a wild feeling, I couldn’t believe I was there this Deep in the water,” he recalls. “Then I started holding my breath and relaxed.”
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The director was not alone in facing uneasy waters. Cast members Bassett, 64, and Lupita Nyong’o Both manifest diversity They weren’t even particularly good swimmers before the shooting.
“You know, black girls have this history with water and hair,” Bassett told the outlet. “Some of us can’t swim that well, because it would mess up that press and curl. It’s the whole thing.”
“Before we started this film, I knew how to swim, but I wasn’t a confident swimmer,” added 39-year-old Nyong’o. “I didn’t need to swim in public, that’s for sure. It’s a lifelong skill that I now have.”
Both actresses are to the point where they can both train Hold their breath underwater For about two minutes, respectively diversitywhich noted that cast member Mabel Cadena can hold her breath underwater for about six and a half minutes.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever In theaters November 11.
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