For Peter Berg, the director of this summer’s blockbuster Battleship, there were many challenges filming his new flick. Berg reveals in an interview with Collider, when asked what his biggest challlenge was in filming Battleship:
I honestly think it was making sure Rihanna never got eaten by a shark. My fear was that I was going to be the director who was filming and Rihanna got eaten by a shark, so I was very careful when she was in the water, to have men around to go like this (Berg motions hand on head like a fin) if the sharks came so we could get her out (of the water).
The blockbuster film derives from the Hasbro game we all played as kids, but this brings the US Navy face to face with an alien force to be reckoned with. Filmed in Hawaii, the scenes in which Rihanna and other cast members have to be in the water are shot with a circle of trained professionals around them in the water, keeping the sharks at bay.
Wow, I would have thought Berg’s biggest fear as a director/producer where Rihanna was concerned would be whether or not she can act her way out of a paper bag!
To be fair, critics have been kind to Rihanna, which is more than I can say for how they have been to the film. Rihanna plays Petty Officer Cora “Weps” Raikes, Movieline review states about her character:
Rihanna has the face of a tough little streetcat, appealing and self-reliant, but the movie gives her very little to do (other than hold that big gun).
Rihanna obviously has a good sense of humour and a penchant for getting her director’s goat as she tweeted a pic of herself wearing this t-shirt showcasing Berg’s early days of acting! Apparently she had them printed for the entire cast, with all different pictures of Peter Berg. He probably loved it as he is notorious for his sense of homour.
Berg is usually quite entertaining in interviews, but never more than his recent highly publicized stint where he questioned his Israeli interviewer as to whether he was a draft dodger and peppered him with questions about his country and himself, only briefly mentioning Battleship and Rihanna almost tongue in cheek! Talk about turning the tables on your interviewer!
Check out that interview below:
Although Peter Berg is now a big director (his next project finds him directing Battleship alum Taylor Kitsch once again in Lone Survivor), and worrying about Rihanna getting eaten by a shark is behind him, he will always be hunky heartthrob Billy Kronk from Chicago Hope to us! Ahhhh Kronk….
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