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Tomb Raider "emotionally and physically draining" for British actress
Posted: 10.07.2012 12:19 by Simon Priest Comments: 5
Lara Croft actress Camilla Luddington has revealed in a behind-the-scenes documentary, starring actor and gamer Zachary Levi, that playing Lady Croft is no stroll in the park.

There's a lot more crying involved than she thought, for one. Luddington believed she'd just be "kicking butt," as we're used to seeing Lara as "cold-hearted, almost a killer."

The actress notes the virtual Lara is an icon in gaming realms, as well as something of a sex symbol. Despite losing her trademark shorts, Luddington assures us Lara is as sexy as ever.

"When I got this role I never thought I would cry so much. I just thought I'd be kicking butt. That's the Lara I thought I'd gotten myself into," admitted the UK born actress. Her role as Lara in the all-new Tomb Raider has been "some of the most emotionally and physically draining work that I've ever done."

"Obviously she's a video game icon. But she's also a sex symbol. She fights for what she believes in. She's courageous. I think that's sexy," she continued. "The shorts are gone, which I'm sure most guys will think is a bummer. I like her new look. She's still gorgeous, but now she's a person."

The part where Lara is forced to make her very first human kill was "probably one of the hardest things" Luddington has had to film. "She has to fight for her life," she added.

"It's fascinating how she reacts to that. She doesn't just walk away from that first kill."

You can check out the first episode of The Final Hours, in which TV/film actor Zachary Levi presents a behind-the-scenes documentary on Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider which releases on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC March 5th, 2013.

Source: Eurogamer

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Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jul 10, 2012
herodotus
Looks like Lara has gone all John Rambo. Interesting to see how the faithful will accept this (or not).
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jul 11, 2012
danfreeman
I do like the fact that they are changing Lara,the original had no personality,and was just a killer,she was as much an archeologist as Indiana Jones in his latest films where he kills dozens of people and destroys temples just to get one item,or even less.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jul 11, 2012
herodotus
I think the first "TR" took a different approach to what then became of the franchise, as I remember an interview with the developer at the time he was working on it. Working 14 hour days, seven days a week (not the 9-5 many demand these days, thanks Team Bondi) he said that it was a labour of love bringing his character alive and trying to imbue her with as much personality as he could.
By the way, asked how his girfriend felt about Lara he quipped that he didn't have time for one.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Jul 11, 2012
danfreeman
I don`t remember the first TR but it sounds like the guy knew what he was doing,it must have hurt him to see where all his hard work got into.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jul 11, 2012
herodotus
Yes, I must look him up and see what he's up to these days. He created Lara Croft by himeslf and basically it was a one man show. I think he'd cringe at some of the titles, but would not shy away if he was entitled to royalties.