Instant Commentary: Darren Aronofsky on One Sweat-Soaked Scene in ‘Noah’

·Senior Reporter

Darren Aronofksy's "Noah" was a particularly wet set, but it wasn't just because of the rain machines.

As we learn in our latest installment of Instant Commentary, the extreme temperatures added more moisture into the mix in the form of some heavy perspiration from a pair of his lead actors.

"This is one of my favorite scenes in the film," Aronofsky said of the moment in which Russell Crowe's Noah comes face-to-face with his chief human adversary Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone).

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"It was a real challenge. This is the only day we had to reshoot because the first day we shot it it was so hot, Russell was sweating -- you can see him sweating; there's no spray bottles on him that is real sweat. Because of the light I shot Russell first, not thinking about Ray who was in 50 pounds of leather. By the time we turned the cameras around, Ray was really shot just from the heat and the sweat."

He continued: "So we came back another day and re-did Ray's side and he was fantastic. Really what's exciting of this scene we get a reconnection of these two characters who met 20-30 years before, and they're finally there to meet and confront each other and set up the big drama of the film."