In honor of the 28th anniversary of the James Cameron action movie True Lies, star Jamie Lee Curtis shared the story of shooting one of the most memorable scenes of her career for the film. In the movie, Curtis played a housewife who is shocked to learn that her husband (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has secretly been working as a superspy. The two end up working together to foil the sinister plans of a terrorist organization.
At one point in the film, Curtis must be pulled from a speeding limousine by her husband in a helicopter above. Taking to Facebook, Curtis shared a behind-the-scenes image from the making of this scene. In the photo, she can be seen suspended from the helicopter accompanied by Cameron and his camera. Curtis praises her stunt double for doing most of the work but notes that she did have to actually fly from the chopper to pick up one particular shot, and the actress describes what that experience was like.
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“Since I will never write a book and today is the 28th anniversary of TRUE LIES being released I thought I would share this picture. This was three days before my 35th birthday. We were doing the sequence where Helen is in the runaway limousine and Harry is flying above her in the helicopter. Obviously I did a bunch of it on the road but so did my stunt double, Donna Keegan. The stunt itself of course was one of the most spectacular ever done and Donna deserves all of that credit but we did need a shot of me post being pulled out of the limousine over the burning wreckage. In order to get the shot we had to wire me to the helicopter at base camp and then fly for 20 minutes over the water to get to the 7 mile bridge where the wreckage took place.”
Curtis goes on to describe what’s seen in the image.
“In the photograph is Joel Kramer who doubled Arnold on the skid and that’s James Cameron hanging out of the passenger seat with the camera. Chuck Tamburo was the pilot and the only requirement I had for the sequence was that somebody have wire cutters in the helicopter in case they had to ditch over water so that I could be separated from it. I saw manatees and it was late afternoon and it was a glorious ride on a wire all thanks to James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger.”
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The popularity of True Lies has endured as the film is widely considered to be among the best action movies of the 1990s. There have been sequel talks over the years due to the popularity and success of the movie, but they never quite panned out. More recently, it was announced in May that Anthony Hemingway would direct a True Lies reboot television series. Steve Howey and Ginger Gonzaga will star in the lead roles.
Still, for many fans, there will never be any topping the original movie.