Fans of the "Assassin's Creed" video game franchise have waited nearly a decade to see the story brought to the screen, and 20th Century Fox's adaptation doesn't disappoint.
"I think the action sequences are second to none," says Michael Fassbender, who stars as Callum Lynch, a new character created specifically for the "Assassin's Creed" film.
In the movie, Lynch, a career criminal, is chosen by the mysterious Abstergo Industries to partake in an experimenal program which will allow him to channel his ancestor, an infamous 15th Century assassin by the name of Aguilar de Nerha. This, of course, raises both ethical and existential questions, but it also allows Fassbender plenty of opportunities for free-running, fighting, and (sometimes) death-defying stunts.
"It was important for us — Ariane Labed, Hovik [Keuchkerian] and myself — that we did the action sequences ourselves," says Fassbender. "Definitely 95 percent of the fights ourselves. Some of the leaps and jumps could get a bit tricky."
So what exactly were the "tricky" stunts that Fassbender left up to the professionals? The one that sticks in his mind was dubbed "The Leap of Faith," and it required his stunt double, Damien Walters, to dive from a 120-foot platform with only an airbag to break his fall.
Watch the clip above to see the "Leap of Faith" sequence being filmed, then check out "Assassin's Creed" in theaters now.