British actress Emma Watson was left feeling ill, delirious, and exhausted on the set of her new movie, the epic Noah, after director Darren Aronofsky banned cast and crew from drinking bottled water.
All those taking part in the biblical adaptation were forced to drink dirty water because Aronofsky is so environmentally conscious that he did not want to see plastic bottles on his set.
The filmmaker has described Noah, the real-life character, as the first environmentally conscious person and said he is approaching the story with a “green perspective.”
But is that worth risking the health of its stars?
“Because the film has a pro-environmental message, Darren didn’t want anyone drinking from plastic water bottles on set (…) so that made things slightly harder,” Emma Watson told Wonderland magazine.
Noah also stars Australian actor Russell Crowe in the title character and Watson plays his daughter Ila.
The 23-year-old actress recalls she felt ill during 5 am shoots, unable to drink water.
“Everything we used had to be recycled or recyclable. Having no water bottles on set at five in the morning, when you’re exhausted and delirious, wasn’t ideal.”
“I was so tired one morning I picked up a mug from my trailer and drank some stagnant water that had been there for the duration — so three months. I was so ill.”
Emma Watson said the next day she did not feel she could do her part, but Aronosfky told her to use her poor condition to portray her part more realistically.
“‘Use it for the scene’. And I turned round to the bus and was like, ‘Is he joking? He’s joking, right?’ and there was deadly silence.”
There are rumors that Aronofsky and Paramount are at odds about the ending, which has caused “troublesome reactions” among Jewish and Christian groups in early screenings.
Aronofsky previously directed Black Swan and The Wrestler and has wanted to bring the story of Noah — the ultimate environmentalist — to the big screen for 15-years. In a 2011 interview he said:
“Noah was the first environmentalist. He’s a really interesting character… Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get drunk. It’s there in the Bible — it was one of the first things he did when he reached land.”
“There was some real survivor’s guilt going on there. He’s a dark, complicated character.”
Noah, starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins is scheduled to be released March 28 in the US and April 4 in the UK.