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[ September 4th 2002 ]

Following a grueling week of filming on the sun-drenched Aegean Sea island of Santorini recording scenes for Paramount Pictures Tomb Raider movie sequel, Greek newspaper-man Sgkral sends us this report from the set via our online community at tombraiderforums.com

First of all, the studio people confirmed to us the scene they were shooting in Santorini was the opening scene of the film. It starts with a wide opening shot of the castle where a big wedding reception (100 people were hired for this) is taking place. Then come a large earthquake and a big explosion from the volcano (the studio has built an enormous set, probably the interior of the volcano) and an ancient city emerges from under water. This is where Lara Croft jumps in and the info is - harder to get!

We sneaked around the location and we were able to see the filming of the Jet ski sequence. I must have seen 3-4 stunt men and women doing all kinds of dangerous things for 2 days. Those who play Lara Croft were wearing a silver like uniform with black strips. Angelina had to take a lot of takes on the Jet ski for her close ups (she fell a lot). As we learned she doesn't like the water filming a lot. She told us "I just swim and that's all!"

The studio hired the best diving teams and equipment on the island and worked around the clock for 12-15 hours a day filming action scenes. No dialog scenes were made because no other actors were there. We learned that those scenes will follow in England at Pinewood Studios.

One day they hired a big old fishing boat for a scene where I saw Angelina Jolie for the first time in her full costume with those big guns. She was running and jumping around the boat as she was in danger. That's all I got to see. The next day they were shooting a scene that looked like a boat wreckage. A stunt man was holding underwater a wooden board and Angelina was lying on it unconscious.

Thanks to Sgkral for the report.

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