August 4th, 2004

Serious

Blade Three Archery Stunt goes far too well

Jessica Biel, star of the upcoming vampire sequel film Blade: Trinity, told SCI FI Wire that she got so good shooting a longbow for her role as a vampire hunter that she accidentally shot out a $300,000 camera lens with an arrow in a stunt gone awry. "The archery training was some of the hardest training I did," Biel said in an interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego. "It was muscles that you don't even know you use in your back. You have to be really relaxed and really focused. It was hard. It was really, really difficult."

David Goyer, who wrote and directed Blade: Trinity, told SCI FI Wire that the stunt was designed to offer a camera's-eye view of Biel's shooting an arrow. "We've got this camera aimed at her," he said. "She had learned how to shoot the arrow very well. She was 30 or 40 feet away, but she was also up in the air three stories. And all the crew were behind safety [glass]. The only thing that was uncovered was literally a 2-inch-by-2-inch thing right in front of the lens. We said, 'Aim for the camera!' And BAM! Right down the lens, into the housing and into the camera. Destroyed a $300,000 camera. We caught it on film, and we're going to put it on the DVD."

"Are you?" Biel said. "Oh, God."


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