A particularly heavy matrix stunt almost knocked Carrie-Anne Moss off the committee

According to Brian Raferty’s book “Best. Movie. Year. Ever: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen,” Moss was surprised to learn she’d be doing her own stunts (via Wired): “I remember thinking, they do it’s not” t For real think I’m going to do things like this, like jumping from one building to another. From Class I’m not going to do that!”

In the scene in question, Neo (Keanu Reeves) does a quadruple kick and Trinity (Moss) does a frenzied cartwheel off a wall. Moss confessed that he was quite nervous about getting it done, recalling: “The weekend before I was supposed to do it, I was in the training center in tears and said, ‘I can’t do it! I can’t do it!’ Raferty goes on to tell how, an hour before the cameras rolled, she injured her ankle while practicing with her trainers and fell to the floor, moaning, “Oh no, Oh no‘ while a team of stunt workers rubbed her back. She was able to perfect the cartwheel during rehearsals later that day, but struggled when the cameras started rolling, letting out what sounded like a loud, haunted ‘F***!’”

Can you imagine the stress Moss must have felt? Knowing that the film relied on her ability to do things normal people can’t do, things that could really hurt her, despite all the precautions? There are stunt performers who deliver perilous feats like this for a living. Most stunt performers I know are professionals with years of training, but they’ve all broken quite a few bones, too.

In the end, Moss was able to overcome not only her fear, but her injury, and master the stunt beautifully. If you’ve seen the film, you know how beautiful and grounded that series looks.