The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel
One of the most iconic moments in the book is Tris and Four's climb up the
at Chicago's Navy Pier. "The scene that really sums up Four's attitude is on the
says James. "Four is supposed to be quite a masculine tough guy. When they are
Tris asks him if he's scared, and he says 'Yeah, of course, I'm scared.' He's
straight about it,
knowing everyone's afraid of something. The fact that he's so comfortable in
himself that he can
admit his fears and his weaknesses makes him even stronger somehow."
"I don't have a fear of heights, I have a fear of falling," laughs Woodley.
wheel was so simple. It looks way more complicated and way more intense than it
was. We were
actually on a ladder at about a forty-five degree angle and attached to safety
lines. It was fun and
beautiful. That night there was a full moon and it was the first lunar eclipse
of the year. Theo and
I got to experience that magical moment climbing up, which I'm not sure he cared
about, but I
thought it was pretty great."
James adds, "It felt quite real. It was perfect, because he was supposed to
be in a
position of discomfort. Shai was jumping up and down on it like a monkey.
Climbing up this
wheel, and it was pretty damn high, there was a sense of realism to it. I'm glad
whenever we are
allowed to do our stunts, which is pretty much everything we can do, because
they're the fun
parts and you feed off of that energy to create something good."
The Ferris Wheel scene was inspired by a family childhood outing by the
author. "When I
was like six or seven, my dad took all of my siblings and I to Navy Pier to ride
the Ferris wheel.
That's probably when I realized that I was terrified of heights. Also, the pitch
forward, I didn't like
that very much as a child," laughs Roth.
Before shooting on the film even began, Warren took Woodley and James up the
wheel early one cold March morning to rehearse. "You want to find out just how
they'll be at that height," says Warren. "If you get there on the day of filming
and you find out the
actors don't want to go all that way up, then we're pretty much out of luck. We
have to do that
before the movie starts, so we can prepare. Fortunately for us, Shailene and
Theo were good."
The Capture the Flag scene was also shot at Navy Pier. "First of all, without
being there, Navy Pier is awesome and cool, right there on the water," says
Miles Teller. "The
fact that they can shut this whole amusement park down, just for us to film a
movie, was pretty
special. It was great breaking off into teams and fighting up on that roof."
"I love physical activities and there's been a lot of physical training
involved, which is all
very exciting. Our stunt coordinators are very well versed in everything from
combat training, to physical fitness, to learning how to run and jump off of
moving trains," says
Woodley. "Theo and I got to climb seventy-five feet up on a Ferris Wheel. My
stunt double Alicia
is such a bad ass. She jumped over sixty-five feet freefalling-no ropes
attached, no nothing. I
look up to her in so many ways, she's so great, so brave."
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