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Angela Bassett was nervous wreck in helicopter shoot

Claustrophobic actress Angela Bassett discovered she was terrified of flying in a helicopter while shooting action thriller London Has Fallen.
The 57-year-old reprises her role as the Director of the Secret Service in the sequel to Antoine Fuqua’s 2013 release Olympus Has Fallen, and the star admits filming scenes up in the air for this movie proved to be a really harrowing experience.
However, the Waiting to Exhale beauty had no idea the chopper ride would trigger her fear of small spaces until it was too late.
“I don’t like elevators, I don’t like being in small places…,” she explained to U.S. talk show host Conan O’Brien. “I worked with the dearly departed Wes Craven years ago and he had me in a coffin (for Vampire in Brooklyn) and closed up, so I get a little claustrophobic…”
“I didn’t know I didn’t like helicopters until we were in the scene, in a helicopter!” Angela laughed. “It was like, ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute! Why do you have to lock the door?’ ‘Cause then it’s like I’m out of control.”
The actress was shooting the segment with franchise co-stars Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart, but she reveals they only teased her about her nerves.
“Gerard and Aaron, who were in the helicopter with me, they just laughed,” she exclaimed. “They thought it was funny but it wasn’t, I was sweating…! I don’t mind the door being closed, it was the locking (that made her nervous)…”
Morgan Freeman, Robert Forster, and Melissa Leo also return for the new movie, which was directed by Babak Najafi.

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