Rosamund’s pig practice for Gone Girl

Rosamund Pike used a box cutter on a pig carcass to help her get into character for her most violent scene in Gone Girl.

Rosamund Pike was “worried” about taking on a violent scene in Gone Girl.

The 36-year-old actress is lead character Amy Dunne in the movie, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel.

But while Rosamund’s performance has earned her an Oscar nomination, getting into character for the complex role was anything but easy.

One scene in particular saw Rosamund have to get physically violent with her co-star Neil Patrick Harris, who plays Desi Collings in the film.

And Rosamund went to great lengths to ensure she was as prepared as possible before shooting the scene.

“I always get worried about anything physical, like the action sequences,” Rosamund told Collider.com. “Neil Patrick Harris and I had to do a violent scene. If you’re going to do something like that, you have to do it with a certain degree of accuracy.

“I had no idea how much force you needed to slice someone’s throat. I actually went to a butcher and asked them if they wouldn’t mind me just using a box cutter on a pig carcass, just to understand what it would be like.”

Rosamund was a fan of the book even before being cast as Amy. And it was Amy’s incredibly complex personality that first attracted her to the project.

In fact, Rosamund admits that playing a character Amy was a lifelong dream for her.

“There’s no actress who wouldn’t dream of a character like that,” Rosamund said. “As an actor, you think, ‘I’m never going to be good enough. I can see how far I want to reach with this and the potential, but I’m never going to reach it.’

"But the other side of that is you go home and think, ‘I can do anything I want. This is so extreme. It’s a version of being a woman that isn’t contained in any way.’

“She’s extreme. Yes, it’s a film about a murderess, but it’s very empowering, in some ways. It’s great to stretch every muscle and get to make good on every insane thought you’ve ever had.”

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