Before you start reading this article, take a few minutes to think about how long you can hold your breath. Or better yet, try it. How long did you last? Thirty seconds? One minute? Now imagine that instead of sitting at your computer, you’re completely submerged underwater, filming a huge action sequence in a blockbuster movie, performing complex choreography, and needing to hit certain marks. Do you think you’d still be able to hold your breath for the same amount of time?
Michael B. Jordan learned to hold his breath for three minutes during the set of Tom Clancy's Without Remorse. According to him, "I was pretty good; I mean maybe right under three minutes? I can't remember the exact number, but we spent a lot of time training underwater to prepare me to deal with the stress. When you're physically exerting yourself underwater, and you're swimming and going through obstacles, you gotta perform mental tasks underwater, you start to use up your oxygen fairly quickly – rather than sitting still and holding your breath; you can hold it for a lot longer. Thank God my stunt team and my trainers, and everybody felt comfortable enough to put me in those positions to do it. So it was a lot of fun."
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