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‘Tomb Raider’ left Alicia Vikander ‘crippled’

Actress explains why her character Lara Croft is a far cry from the game version

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  • Image Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Enterta

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander says the extreme stunts she completed for the new Tomb Raider movie, left her exhausted.

“At first it hurts. So much so that you can’t walk or get out of bed for the first three weeks. I was, like, crippled. I had pain in places I didn’t know existed,” she said.

Vikander’s version of Lara Croft is not the pin-up associated with the video game or actress Angelina Jolie’s take on the character, with her famous micro-shorts ditched for trousers.

The actress thinks it was important to show her alter ego as more than just a sex symbol.

She said: “It’s not just the character of Lara Croft, it’s the society that’s changed.

I think what we actually express as being extremely attractive or sexy is just different. Even young boys or girls on the street wouldn’t comment, ‘Oh, a pair of shorts is what I find sexy’. It’s actually changing, which is a lovely thing.”

“People say, ‘Oh you don’t want to make her sexy?’ No, I want to make a young woman who is sexy but I want her to be fierce, cool, witty, funny. I want her to be somebody you want to hang out with, as a woman and a man. Society’s changing so this is more up to date with what we find sexy.”


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Tomb Raider releases in the UAE on March 15.