The Straits Times
Published on Dec 19, 2012

Naomi Watts pulls off The Impossible to critical acclaim


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Days after the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, actress Naomi Watts took part in a fundraising telethon spearheaded by George Clooney to help the millions of people from Indonesia to the east coast of Africa whose lives were shattered.

Little did Watts know that eight years later she would be starring in The Impossible, out in the United States (US) movie theatres on Friday, about a real family's experience in Thailand. The earthquake and tsunami killed more than 5,000 people, left more than 2,800 missing and displacing 7,000 more in Thailand alone.

She hesitated to star in the film when she was first approached by Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona.

"I thought, how do you make a movie about a tsunami without it becoming some sort of spectacular disaster movie?" Watts, 44, told Reuters. "That would be so wrong."