Idris Elba and Kate Winslet on Why ‘The Mountains Between Us’ Was the Most Challenging Shoot

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With Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (Omar) new movie, The Mountain Between Us, opening this weekend in North America, I recently spoke to Idris Elba and Kate Winslet about making the disaster drama. If you haven’t seen the trailers, the film is based on the novel of the same name by Charles Martin and revolves around an neurosurgeon (Elba) on his way to perform surgery and a photojournalist (Winslet) on the way to her wedding who charter a plane together as strangers to get to their destinations, only to have the plane crash and leave them as the only survivors in the freezing wilderness. Scripted by Chris Weitz and J. Mills Goodloe, the film also stars Beau Bridges and Dermot Mulroney.

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During the interview, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet talked about the fantastic long oner (where the shot keeps going without any edits) that captures the plane crash and how challenging it was to shoot, how for each of them it was the most challenging shoot of their careers and why, and Kate talks about how it was the first time in her career where she refused to do something the director asked and why she said no.

Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about and the official synopsis. You can also watch the trailer here.

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet:

Here’s the official synopsis for The Mountain Between Us:

Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible. The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad and stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba.

Image via 20th Century Fox

Image via 20th Century Fox

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