IMADEA LARA CHANGES TO MY BODY TO BECOME TOMB RAIDER; PETITE STAR PUT ON 12LB OF MUSCLE FOR HER LATEST ROLE; Oscar Winner Alicia Vikander Tells How She Felt Empowered by Playing Fierce Adventurer Who Doesn't Shy Away from a Challenge

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IMADEA LARA CHANGES TO MY BODY TO BECOME TOMB RAIDER; PETITE STAR PUT ON 12LB OF MUSCLE FOR HER LATEST ROLE; Oscar Winner Alicia Vikander Tells How She Felt Empowered by Playing Fierce Adventurer Who Doesn't Shy Away from a Challenge


Byline: GEORGIA HUMPHREYS reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

ALICIA Vikander knew she would have to change her body to play Lara Croft.

In the new Tomb Raider film, we see the fierce adventurer boxing, cycling, swimming and rock climbing, swinging from arm to arm at crazy heights.

And, of course, there's plenty of archery-fuelled action.

Vikander, who wasn't even able to lift her own weight when she read the script, threw herself into the training for all of her character's different skills.

The petite Swedish actress said: "I looked at female athletes and stuntwomen in my industry and I thought, 'I need to have that kind of physique for it to be plausible.'" The 29-year-old, who ended up putting on about 12lb of muscle for the role, added: "I don't know when in life I would have been exposed to try so many new things, if it weren't for this role. I found it very empowering."

Some of the stunts in the film are so mind-blowing that you wonder how on earth Lara makes it out alive.

And while Vikander did have a double for some sequences, director Roar Uthaug confirmed that the actress filmed the terrifying shipwreck scene, in which she's seen crawling out of the ocean, herself.

He said: "She was there in just her tank top and she was soaked in water. It got really cold and she turned almost blue - and that was unfortunately the night her parents came to the set."

But being the epicentre of the action was hugely appealing for Vikander, who has become one of the most in-demand stars in Hollywood since winning Best Supporting Actress at the 2016 Oscars for her role in The Danish Girl.

She said: "When Angelina Jolie stepped into the shoes of Lara Croft, it was the first time I had seen a woman being the centrepiece of this kind of action story.

"I've grown up loving these kinds of films and I've always wondered what it's like to create these big stunts, sequences and action adventures. So, I really was intrigued to do the physical part of stepping into this role."

Seventeen years after Jolie first brought the video-game heroine to life, Vikander, who used to play the Lara Croft games with her friends as a kid, describes the reboot as an "origin story".

She said: "We get to see her go on the first journey of becoming this warrior.

It's not an easy one and it's really a struggle - and it's also truly traumatic what she goes through in the beginning.

"But that is also what shapes her as she becomes this action hero that we know her to be."

I really intrigued to do physical part stepping into ALICIA " When we first meet Lara at the start of the film, she's a regular 21-year-old girl working as a bike courier in east London, But from her spars with her friends at a mixed martial arts gym, it's clear she's up for a challenge. …

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