The made for Netflix film, Beasts of No Nation, filmed in Accra, Ghana, was flooded with rich and beautifully scenic cinematography.
But according to Idris Elba who starred in the film as “Commandant”, there was a lot of risk in capturing the lay of the land.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Elba revealed how he nearly died after slipping while walking behind a 90 foot waterfall.
“Cary Fukunaga, the director, decided to shoot it for real. We went to this waterfall and in this scene my character is standing there watching all the child soldiers go past. Now in the setup of that, the stunt co-ordinator says, ‘Listen everyone, this is a waterfall, that’s a 90, 100ft drop down there and the ground is very slippery, just be careful!’”
“I put my foot on this rock just to hang out and chill out while they were setting up and as I’m doing that it’s slippery, obviously. I slip … I put my hand on this tree – it’s not a tree, it’s a branch. It snaps and I go literally about six feet before I go bang over and I got caught by the security guy.”
Thankfully the actor survived the shooting and produced what many are calling an Oscar-worthy performance.