Colin Farrell reveals he had panic attacks underwater when filming cave scenes for his latest biopic

Colin Farrell has dived into a number of various roles throughout his career, however, his newest movie was far from easy for the actor.

At the premiere of Thirteen Lives on Thursday, the star, 46, opened up about his experience filming certain scenes in water.

The movie depicts the real life event of the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue in which a coach and his team were trapped in a cave for around 18 days.

Underwater scenes: Colin Farrell, 46, revealed that he had panic attacks when filming caves scenes in the water; seen July 28 in Los Angeles

Colin expressed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight about how he got panic attacks while filming a number of underwater cave scenes. 

He explained that although he wasn’t the best swimmer, it was the realistic and expansive caves that were built and filled with water that caused him to worry. 

Colin stated that the set was based on, ‘the Tham Luang caves in Thailand, and they filled them full of water, and we’d go down and there was no up.’ 

Too close to reality: He explained that although he wasn't the best swimmer, it was the realistic and expansive caves that were built and filled with water that caused him to worry

 Too close to reality: He explained that although he wasn’t the best swimmer, it was the realistic and expansive caves that were built and filled with water that caused him to worry

Trapped: A sports team and the coach became trapped in a cave and had to wait for a rescue team

Trapped: A sports team and the coach became trapped in a cave and had to wait for a rescue team

True story: Thirteen Lives is based on the true rescue mission of a 18 individuals from the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue

True story: Thirteen Lives is based on the true rescue mission of a 18 individuals from the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue 

Colin expressed that one of main reasons filming the scenes was difficult for him was due to not seeing a ‘surface’ out of the water.  

‘So when you can’t and there’s actually a ceiling over your head, and there’s no air at all, it just wreaks havoc on my mind,’ the Batman star stated. 

The award-winning actor stated that he was grateful to be around two of the men who helped in the real life rescue mission, Rick Stanton and Jason Mallinson. 

‘But man, I had panic attacks underwater, that’s a new experience. A panic attack underwater is a new experience for me.’ 

Difficult: The actor stated in an interview that, 'A panic attack underwater is a new experience for me'

Difficult: The actor stated in an interview that, ‘A panic attack underwater is a new experience for me’

Talented cast: Other stars that had roles in the survival biopic include Viggo Mortensen, Joel Edgerton, and Pattakorn 'Ploy' Tangsupakul

Talented cast: Other stars that had roles in the survival biopic include Viggo Mortensen, Joel Edgerton, and Pattakorn ‘Ploy’ Tangsupakul 

Towards the end of the interview, Colin added that one of the safety divers had told him that Thirteen Lives was, ‘most dangerous underwater movie he’s ever shot.’ 

The biopic was directed by Ron Howard, who has worked on previous films such as A Beautiful Mind (2001). 

Alongside Colin, Viggo Mortensen, Joel Edgerton, and Pattakorn ‘Ploy’ Tangsupakul were also cast to portray significant roles in the movie. 

From villain to hero: Colin jumped into the spotlight playing the villain, The Penguin, in The Batman (2022)

From villain to hero: Colin jumped into the spotlight playing the villain, The Penguin, in The Batman (2022) 

Playing the role of a rescue diver is the complete opposite of his recent character as a villain in The Batman. 

In an interview on JOE.ie while promoting the survival film, he also touched on filming the cave scenes. ‘I wasn’t comfortable doing it,’ he admitted. 

‘I was really relieved when we finished the film, and nobody had been injured,’ Colin added. 

Relieved: Colin expressed an a promotional interview that he was 'relieved' that at the end of filming, no one had gotten hurt

Relieved: Colin expressed an a promotional interview that he was ‘relieved’ that at the end of filming, no one had gotten hurt 

Big premiere: Thirteen Lives will air to audiences on Amazon Prime on August 5 and has also premiered in theaters

Big premiere: Thirteen Lives will air to audiences on Amazon Prime on August 5 and has also premiered in theaters 

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