Alicia Vikander’s cycling days in London prepared the actress for her bike messenger scenes in the new Tomb Raider movie.
The Oscar winner has become the latest actress to portray video game heroine Lara Croft onscreen, and in the new origins story, the character tackles the mean streets of the English capital on a bike.
“I lived in East London when I was 20 with my girlfriends and I used to have a bike because it’s so crazy expensive to get on the tube and I almost got killed!” she tells WENN, “so I know it’s life threatening to ride a bicycle in London – that makes for a really good action scene.”
And as she promotes the upcoming movie, Alicia admits she’s covering up a few bumps and cuts from the action sequences in the film.
“I still have little wounds on my legs but no real injuries,” she adds.
The film’s director Roar Uthaug was more than impressed with the former dancer’s dedication to the action scenes, telling WENN, “Of all the movies I’ve made I’ve never seen someone with so much dedication and so much energy and so much excitement. I remember in the early days, we would play out scenes running around the office and it takes so much passion to play Lara… To see Alicia every single day in the gym before shooting was amazing. I think young girls will follow her, and boys too.”
Vikander’s Tomb Raider, which also features The Hateful Eight star Walton Goggins, Dominic West, and Kristin Scott Thomas, opens in America on 16 March (18).
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