Bollywood action hero Akshay Kumar has admitted that before he was not confident about Anthony D'Souza’s idea of making underwater thriller movie, ‘Blue’. The actor said that when Anthony D'Souza approached him for the film he doubted his skills and asked him, ‘Are you capable of making the movie?’
But, now Akshay Kumar has claimed that ‘Blue’ promises to bring with it some never-seen-before visuals and stunts.
Akshay Kumar said, "The first thing I did was to look straight into his eyes and ask him - 'Do you actually think you are capable enough of making a film of this scale, genre and setting? You may say that you want to shoot the film in space or on the moon, but saying something and doing it are two different things. So how will you actually shoot the film?"
But, D'Souza was successful in earning the confidence of the actor in his project and showed him some of his work from the past, which included certain advertisements he had directed as well as some groundwork on ‘Blue’.
The action hero said, "Honestly, it all led me to at least start lending an ear to him. I became further interested in knowing how he was going to execute 'Blue'.”
He added, "After all there were going to be extreme stunts in it and that too under water. Then Tony (D'Souza) also showed me the work of the DOP (director of photography) Pete Zuccarini. He is the same guy who has also shot 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. He even made me talk to him and once I did that, I was quite satisfied that at least Tony had his heart in the right place and he had done his homework well."
The actor maintained that once he agreed to do the film he was not worried about the fact that a film like ‘Blue’ had never been attempted before on the Indian screen.
"I am sure that it would be legendary in its own way. Let's see how the box office treats, but while doing the film we went all out for 'Blue'. Making a film like this is no joke in any case,” Akshay Kumar said.
The actor added, "With the backdrop of a treasure hunt to it, it involves real sharks and all. I had to go through some training, take diving lessons and earn a certificate for myself because without that you are not allowed to enter sea."