Emma Thompson claims that a mishap on the set of Matilda the Musical by Roald Dahl caused her to pause and consider her situation as an elderly actor.
The Oscar-winning actress spoke up to People about how she handled an ankle injury while filming the musical, which also stars Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey, Alisha Weir as Matilda Wormwood, and the actress from Good Luck to You, Leo Grande as the wicked Agatha Trunchbull. She attributed the harm to aging.
“I tripped and shattered my ankle for no apparent reason, and I remember thinking, “That’s sort of bizarre. I’ve never harmed myself like that. Thompson recalls saying to herself, “Huh, that’s because I’m getting older,”
The actress apologized for wearing a foot boot because the injury meant she would probably have to wait to participate in any planned stunts for the movie until it was over.
I apologized and said, “I have to wear the boot.” Thompson gave an account. It’s okay. You’re doing a stunt today, they said. What? I exclaimed. Recently, I shattered my ankle.
Thompson said that despite her doubts about whether it was feasible given the nature of the stunt, the production boldly moved forward. “It’s okay, we’re only turning you upside down, they said. You’re on a crane, so it’s okay, she said. “I responded, “Okay, then.”
The Matilda actress was a little unnerved by the event since she discovered “I was sort of no longer as invulnerable as I believed.”
She reflected on the experience and remarked, “While I’m strong because I’m growing older, I can damage myself, and that was intriguing. “My body is changing, so I need to take greater precautions with it,”