Asa Butterfield did something we probably never would’ve thought off for his new movie, The Space Between Us.
In the flick, also starring Britt Robertson, Asa stars as Gardner Elliott, a human born on Mars who’s never set foot on Earth. So, because he’s going to Earth for the first time, he had to at least walk like a Martian — and he used ankle weights to help him do it.
Asa actually wore ankle weights for 20 minutes a day while rehearsing and then watched the footage to determine what it looks like to carry around that much weight.
“We wanted it to be noticeable but not over-the-top,” he shared. “So it was a key balance.”
“I think it’s a very human story even though [my character is] a Martian,” he shared. “It really highlights how lucky we are to be on such an incredible planet, how we can’t carry on taking it for granted.”