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Rachel McAdams: Vitamins made me puke

Published 15/07/2015

Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams has revealed shooting a physically demanding scene for True Detective made her vomit.

The 36-year-old stars on HBO show True Detective and in the episode which aired last weekend, entitled Down Will Come, a brutal shootout scene took place that knocked the wind out of many of the actors on set.

Rachel thinks her physically adverse reaction to shooting this scene was caused by a combination of hardcore exercise and taking too many vitamin supplements.

“That one took about five days. That was pretty intense. I actually puked during that scene,” she told Variety. “When I was running and reloading my gun — it actually wound up being about 200 yards, it was like two football fields — and I was just going all out and we did it a couple of times.

“It was my own fault [that I puked]. I had been drinking that Emergen-C and going hard to just try to keep my energy up. Not a good combination, the running and that. But I kind of felt bada*s. Like yeah, let’s do it again. It was really fun though. I like action. I like being thrust into that.”

Emergen-C is a powdered drink mix which is filled with vitamin supplements. The product comes in many different flavours. Based on what the USDA Reference Daily Intake suggests, most varieties of the supplements contain 16 times the vitamin C, four times the vitamin B and five times the vitamin B6 than what is recommended for a 2000 calorie per day diet.

Most consumers drink Emergen-C when they need energy or feel as if their immune system requires a boost. The brand’s products are somewhat of an urban legend in many of America’s office buildings, as it’s claimed if one is getting sick, drinking Emergen-C regularly will ward off the illness.

But in preparation for the exhausting scene in the Down Will Come episode of True Detective, Rachel took on old fashioned exercise as well.

“I was running in my spare time to be in shape for it,” she explained. “A lot of good it did me.”

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