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The day James Cameron almost drowned while filming The Abyss

The day James Cameron almost drowned while filming The Abyss

While filming the movieThe secret of the abyssThe film was released on August 9, 1989 in the United States James Cameron Almost drowned. It is worth remembering how heroic the production is Ed Harris (Virgil Budd Bregman) that it Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Lindsey Bregman) It has several underwater scenes.

During the special screening of the film, which was held last Wednesday (27), according to information from diverseThe director recalled this story during a question and answer session. Actor names such as: Harris, Mastrantonio that it Michael Behn (Lieutenant Hiram Covey) Participated in underwater recordings.

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“We had ‘angels’, the safety divers out there, each assigned to one or two actors and kept in sight at all times.” He said. “[Mas] They weren’t watching me.”

The director then also revealed how he filmed at a depth of nine metres “He wears heavy weights around his feet, without fins, and a heavy belt around his waist.” To move the camera. It is worth remembering how experienced a diver he is.

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At some point during his near-fatal dive, James Cameron’s oxygen tank ran out of air “Everyone’s turning on the lights and no one’s watching me.”

“It kept hitting the bottom of the tank for three weeks and tore the diaphragm – so I carefully cleared it and took a deep breath…water.” to explain. “Then I cleared again and took another deep breath…water.”

At this point it was almost check-out point and the safety divers were trained to hold you down so you don’t become obstructed and allow your lungs to expand during the ascent. But I knew what I was doing.

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“He wouldn’t let me go, and I couldn’t tell him that the regulatory system wasn’t working. So I punched him in the face and swam to the surface and then I survived.” James Cameron concluded.