Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who plays Helena in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny opening Friday, said it was "glorious" getting to punch Indiana Jones, played by Harrison Ford, so hard that it knocked him out.
The actress told Entertainment Weekly, "It's such a brilliant cut, and it's such an excellently scripted moment. And particularly because there's so much fighting and left hooks and all that stuff all the way through the film, when she's just fighting the bad guys."
"But to have to level a punch to the hero of the film... It was glorious because it was so funny," she continued. "Underneath, it really had heart and emotion. And that's really a testament to Jim [Mangold, director] and the Butterworths [Jez and John-Henry] for writing a moment like that. I hope the audience understands why she does it."
Waller-Bridge's character Helena is the goddaughter of the film's lead Indiana Jones, and they team up to put together the Dial of Destiny before a Nazi scientist can use it to change the course of history.
She went on to discuss the rest of her experience filming the movie. "I managed to do quite a lot of the landing and jumping off bits, but none of the actual real, proper dangerous stunts. But I got to drive a tuk-tuk!" Waller-Bridge said. "I did crash it... which wasn't meant to happen."
"I got to jump out of a plane. And I got to jump into water, and roll out from under things, and jump over things. So there was a lot to do, and I was completely covered in bruises. Each one was a mark of honor for the day," she concluded.
The fifth and final installment of the Indiana Jones franchise opens Friday with low sales expectations. According to Deadline, Disney expects the film to gross between $60-$65 million during opening weekend on a film that cost $300 million to make.
Sitting with a 66 percent fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, the critic's consensus is that the film isn't as thrilling as previous installments. Looking at pre-sales the film will be playing in mostly empty theaters across the country.
The film features Waller-Bridge taking over as the lead adventurer, with the trailer featuring her character and others talking about about "stealing" an object, with Waller-Bridge quipping that "I stole it, it’s called capitalism."
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