Disney’s latest release, “Jungle Cruise,” joins a growing list of theme park rides-turned-big-budget films delivered by the studio. In all, Disney has made eight movies based on in-person attractions — including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Haunted Mansion” — and “Jungle Cruise” will certainly go down as one of the most successful, despite being hampered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt, “Jungle Cruise” takes viewers on a wild ride down the Amazon River during the early 20th century in search of magical healing petals from a mythical tree. With a PG-13 rating, the film isn’t just for little kids — the fast-paced action-adventure will keep even the most jaded adult on their toes and entertained. From savage natives to relentless bad guys (portrayed by Jesse Plemons and Edgar Ramirez), Johnson and Blunt seem ready for anything.
But one “Jungle Cruise” scene in particular stands out as potentially being the hardest to film: when Johnson and Blunt dive into the river to solve a giant underwater puzzle that will hopefully lead them to their final destination. Blunt’s character Dr. Lily Houghton can’t swim, yet she is the only one who can complete the puzzle. It’s a scene that had to be shot by a special team of underwater filmmakers, led by cinematographer Ian Seabrook, whose credits include “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Deadpool 2,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
In a recent interview with Looper, Seabrook spoke about what it took to film that scene — and whether Johnson and Blunt did their own underwater work.