Assassin’s Creed was considered by some critics the film that broke the mold of bad video game movies in the past decade. Of course, video game movies like Pokemon Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog elevated video game movies to the next level.
In 2016, director Justin Kurzel took Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed into complex storytelling and death-defying stunts that marked a new era of video game movies. The film starred Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Charlotte Rampling.
The film marked Ariane Labed’s action film debut as an assassin partner, Maria, to Fassbender’s Aguilar. In her role, she raised her performance to include parkour, sword fighting, and even diving off of buildings.
In reality, Assassin’s Creed garnered little profits from the box office, and critics mostly dismissed the film. For years, sequel rumors dotted blog headlines for the return of Michael Fassbender’s Cal Lynch/Aguilar. Any sequel hopes disappeared after Disney acquired 20th Century Fox.
During an exclusive interview with LRM Online, Ariane Labed kindly reflected on her experiences working on Assassin’s Creed while promoting her directorial debut in the short film Olla.
“For me, it was very physical. We had to jump off the top of a cathedral in Malta. I remembered that it was a real set. We had the wires attached and everything, but I still had to run on the roof,” she recalled. “It was something I thought I wouldn’t be able to do this. It was personally challenging—the physicality of it and how demanding it was.”
She continued, “Michael [Fassbender] and I tried to do our own stunts. Everything was a crazy challenge. Every day, I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. Some days I would just cry and be like, ‘I’m not able to do that.’”
Although there are no sequel plans in the works, Labed is opened to another Assassin’s Creed movie.
“It has to be made soon because I’m getting older,” she joked. “I’m opened to do another one. I liked Maria. The look of her from costume and the makeup were amazing. I had fun doing that.”
For now, Assassin’s Creed may be her only action film.
“I never said I would do an action movie in my life,” she explained. “When they approached me for Assassin’s Creed, I didn’t believe it. I thought that was not my world somehow, but it was exciting exactly for that reason. I never thought I would so something like that. It was very physical, so I loved it.”
For now, she stars in BBC’s television mini-series Trigonometry and the sequel The Souvenir: Part II starring Tilda Swinton.
The full interview with Ariane Labed on her directorial debut for the short film Olla will be published next week. Olla is currently available on the MUBI streaming service. Assassin’s Creed is available for rent on most streaming services and on Hulu with a subscription.
Source: LRM Online, MUBI