Maggie Grace has a new interview with Flicks and Bits talking about her role in Taken 2, and she talks about shooting in Istanbul as well as doing a car chase scene.
Of Istanbul, she says, “The moment of walking up on the roof for the first time as the crew was setting up the cameras, that was the good stuff. Just seeing all of this and being given carte blanche to see behind-the-scenes of this incredible city – and this Grand Bazarre that has burnt down and they’ve rebuilt it four times. It’s one of the largest and oldest markets in the world. Just the history of the place you’re standing on, and some of the steps are worn down like six inches because so many people have stepped on them. The sense of character and history, and the fact that we got to shoot there and have access to all of that – that was really incredible. And especially with the chase scenes in and on top of the Grande Bazarre on the rooftops. That was really special!”
She also adds that shooting the car chase scene was really cool, saying, “I’ve never shot a car chase this way before, but it was really cool. Olivier Megaton was really hands, he more or less strapped himself to the side of the car. There’s these amazing things called top riders, where it looks like I’m driving – God help us all (laughs), but installed on top in a kind of cage, like a race car structure, is a real stunt driver, who’s amazing. So the camera can be inside the car if one of the actors gets out, or Olivier had a little tiny kind of swivel stool that attaches to either side of the car, normally on the passenger side. So that makes you feel like you’re really inside the car. That was fun.”