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Brie Larson on the Experience and Process of 'Kong: Skull Island'

HaydnSpurrell HaydnSpurrell Brie Larson is a part of an impressive ensemble for Kong: Skull Island, the flashy and, from what we've seen in trailers, gorgeously realized monster film that takes the fight to King Kong instead of the other way around. When asked which scene was most difficult in a CGI-heavy film, Larson explained:

"I feel like it’s less about a particular scene and more about the experience, as a whole. It was running in an obstacle course, for 10 hours a day, every day. There was a lot of movement in this film. I think there’s only one scene, where we’re standing still and talking. You see us walk through a scene and maybe it’s 30 seconds in the movie, but that means it was probably the whole day of us climbing up the hill or running through that boneyard.

"It was really taxing on the body, in a way that I had never experienced before. I’ve experienced mental drain. I had never gotten to that point where you’re really pushing yourself to the limit, and it’s amazing what your body can do. It was fun!"

Moving on, she said "you have really weird conversations with your director that are very different than other films. With other films, you’re playing off of another person, and you’re talking about it like, “Well, they said it this way, so that made me react in this way. How can we change that dynamic?” With this, you’re starting from a complete unknown, so when a creature pops up, you have to go, “Well, what does it look like? What do its eyes look like? Does it look like it’s going to eat me, or that it’s going to be nice to me? How close is it to me? How tall is it? What kind of animal can we describe it like?”

"There are all of these unknowns that you’re just not used to dealing with because it’s all imaginary. It’s not like we had video to see it. You just have to be on the same page. There were tennis balls, but then it’s like, “Well, what is the tennis ball? Is it a mean tennis ball, or is it a nice tennis ball?”

On her training, she said "Legendary got me a trainer, so I started training. I had trained before, when I did Room, but it was a different kind of training. For Room, it was about trying to get myself wiry and small. For this, it was about actually bulking up. You sit differently in your body, when you have that kind of strength."


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