Emilia Clarke recently spoke to Yahoo about “Secret Invasion,” where she revealed that at one point she almost ran over Samuel L. Jackson. According to the “Game of Thrones” star, a scene required her to drive a very old model Lada — a Russian car that The Wall Street Journal referred to as “a symbol of Russia’s self-reliance since they began rolling off assembly lines during the depths of the Cold War.” In the scene, she was supposed to hit the brakes and stop right in front of Jackson’s (very tired) Nick Fury, but her unfamiliarity with the outdated car’s controls nearly led to disaster. As Clarke explained:
“I got in and I was like, ‘Hey, what’s with the six sticks up in here? Which one am I using? Why have I [got] 10 pedals?’ It’s [like] a tractor. […] I know how to drive. I know how to drive stick. Anyway, not enough time. They’re saying, ‘We’ve gotta go. We’re shooting. Come on honey. Just go. We’re gonna go.'”
After psyching herself up, Clarke recalled how she went ahead despite being completely bewildered by the Lada’s controls, adding, “We get up to it. The camera is right there. Sam is right there. And I pressed the wrong thing, I pressed the accelerator rather than the brake.”
Luckily, Clarke didn’t actually hit the veteran star, who she said was “very gentlemanly and lovely and nice” after almost being mowed down. Unsurprisingly, Clarke herself was slightly shaken and remembered how she “cried a little bit” before someone else took over for the next take.