Promotion in the UK for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie has created new boundaries as Channel 4 teamed up to air the first ever live action demonstration of the ‘leap of faith’ during an advert break on Sunday night, December 18th.
The ‘Leap of Faith’ is an iconic moment within the movie when Aguilar, played by Michael Fassbender, free falls from the top of an enormously high tower. This moment in the movie has had much deliberation as the Director, Justin Kurzel, wanted to make the movie as real as possible so choose to shoot real life stunts rather than CGI. Professional stunts like this are rarely attempted as only a handful of stuntmen in the world are capable of performing them.
In celebration of the movie release in the UK, a re-enactment of the stunt was performed and aired live during an advert break on Channel 4. This was officially a world first as something like this had never been done before. Stuntman Dave Grant was the man of the moment as he performed the 100-foot free fall dive reaching speeds of over 50mph.
The advert was aired little after 9pm taking place outdoors in London. Grant had to overcome several obstacles while completing the stunt including, severe wintery conditions, navigating through the dark, etc. The TV history moment lasted approximately 100 seconds and the impressive feat was completed without a hitch.
A video of Grant performing the ‘Leap of Faith’ for the making of Assassin’s Creed can be found via the video link below and what it takes to capture a moment like this on film.
Assassin’s Creed comes to theatres in the UK January 1st 2017.