- Kate Winslet has held her breath in an underwater scene for seven minutes and has beaten Tom Cruise's previous record of six minutes
- Kate Winslet filmed an underwater sequence as part of her role in the sequel to the 2009 film, Avatar
- James Cameron is the writer-director of the Avatar franchise and previously worked with Winslet on the movie Titanic
Kate Winslet has reportedly surpassed a record previously held by Tom Cruise. The Oscar-winning actress managed to hold her breath for seven minutes while portraying her character in the Avatar sequel.
Tom Cruise broke the record initially when filming a scene for the fifth instalment of his Mission Impossible franchise. Cruise held his breath for six minutes under water for a sequence in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.
Kate Winslet was portraying her character in James Cameron's Avatar 2 when she managed to hold her breath for seven minutes while submerged. Winslet mentioned to The Hollywood Reporter that she also learnt how to free-dive for the film. The internet has theories about her role but the photographs released only hint at her character having some sort of aquatic abilities.
This is not the first time that Winslet and Cameron have teamed up for a blockbuster. The pair worked together on 1997's epic Titanic.
In previous news about the Avatar sequel, Briefly.co.za reported on writer-director James Cameroon confirming that the live-action portion of the film had been finished and that it was almost complete on the third instalment.
Director and creator of the Avatar franchise, James Cameron, has reportedly confirmed that the live-action filming for the second instalment of the franchise has been completed. The production is based in New Zealand and filming had previously been shut down due to Covid-19 regulations.
Cameron announced the news during a conversation he had with Arnold Schwarzenegger prior to the 2020 Austrian World Summit environmental conference. Schwarzenegger himself first worked with Cameron on The Terminator in 1984.
James Cameron spoke to his colleague about the difficulties that he and his crew had experienced due to the pandemic as well as acknowledged how fortunate they were that, back in 2009 for the first movie, they had chosen New Zealand as their primary location. New Zealand's response to the coronavirus has been widely praised as one of the best in the world.
Despite the Avatar 2 release date being pushed back eight times already, Cameron seemed in high spirits as he spoke to Schwarzenegger:
"We are able to operate. We're able to shoot, and we're able to more or less have a normal life here right now."
The writer-director also mentioned that live-action filming was "95% complete on Avatar 3". The third film's live-action portions were filmed simultaneously with those of the second. According to IMDB.com, the entire Avatar franchise will consist of five movies with the final one set to be released in 2028.
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