Assassin’s Creed is broadcast on TF1 Séries Films, an opportunity to discuss the conception of the impressive leap of faith scene.
Assassin’s Creed, released in December 2016, is adapted from the video game saga of the same name. The film follows the character of Callum Lynch. Using revolutionary technology, he will be able to relive the adventures of his ancestor Aguilar in 15th century Spain.
As Callum discovers that he is from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, he will assimilate the skills he will need to face, in the present time, another formidable organization: the Order of the Templars.
The feature film, directed by Justin Kurzel, is worn by Michael fassbender. The latter, very involved in the production of the film, did not hesitate to give of himself in several impressive action scenes.
However, for one of the most perilous sequences, Fassby had to give way to a hell of a daredevil. This scene is that of the “Leap of Faith” performed by Aguilar when he is trapped. He must then jump 38 meters high to save his skin.
This jump, well known to fans of the video game franchise, allows the player to find dry land as quickly as possible after having climbed a building to synchronize the various points on the world map.
To design this stunt, the Assassin’s Creed team made the decision not to use digital effects. The reason: Damien Walters, professional British gymnast and tumbling enthusiast.
This discipline is associated with acrobatic gymnastics. His skills have allowed Walters to officiate as a stuntman, fight coordinator and understudy on many blockbusters:
Captain America: First Avenger (2011), Sherlock Holmes 2: Shadow Game (2012), Skyfall (id.), Jupiter: The Destiny of the Universe (2015), Beauty and the Beast (2017) or Kingsman: Secret Services (2015) and its sequel (2017).
“Normally we should have created this fall with a digital character, but since Damien is the best, we’re going to do it for real”, confided producer Frank Marshall.
As you can see in the video above, Damien Walters is suspended from a crane and then jumps from a height of 20 meters for the first time, landing on a cushion of air.
He then performs a dive of 27 meters, and a last of 38 meters.
“The air cushion on the ground was only 10 by 10 meters so that from above it was no bigger than an A4 size sheet. That’s when you find dry land, unharmed, that we really realize the scope of what we have just accomplished “, Walters explains.
Fun fact: this stunt is one of the highest jumps performed by a stuntman since the early 1980s.
Assassin’s Creed, which turned out to be pretty decent for a video game adaptation, unfortunately did not find its audience. It only raked in $ 240 million in revenue worldwide on a budget of $ 125.