When Chris Pine signed on to make “Unstoppable,” he knew he was getting the chance to tell an amazing story.
The film, opening Friday, is loosely based on the true story of two railway workers who set out on something of a suicide mission to stop an out-of-control train loaded with hazardous chemicals from crashing into a small town. But even more than great storytelling, Pine relished the chance to work with Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott.
“For me, the inspiring thing was to work with Denzel and Tony,” Pine recently told MTV News. “And it just happened to be on a movie called ‘Unstoppable.’ If you really want to know why I did it, it was to work with two guys I’d watched and respected for years,” he said.
Pine added that stepping onto set with an actor as celebrated as Washington was rather humbling.
“It’s very intimidating, probably more so than any other experience,” he admitted. “I wanted to bring my A-game because I knew I was going toe-to-toe with one of the best of all time.”
Another aspect of the production that required Pine to bring his A-game was the stunt work, which involved some pretty “hairy stuff.”
“You’re working with actual trains, obviously, so there’s no CG, there’s nothing fake about it,” the actor said. “There are trains going really fast, and you have to hang off trains or jump on the train, and thank god we had a wonderful stunt team behind us.” And, he added, “I had a great stunt double. I would try to do everything I could within reason, but once it got really hairy, that’s when I stepped back and went to video village, got my seat, got my drink and watched the action unfold with everybody else.”
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