Anne Hathaway thought she'd 'die of hypothermia' filming Interstellar wearing leaky space suit

The actress found herself going all numb and tingly while submerged in cold water

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Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway feared she was going to die of hypothermia while filming Christopher Nolan’s £110m space epic Interstellar.

The actress, 31, who plays one of four astronauts on a mission to find another inhabitable galaxy, came a cropper while filming in freezing waters wearing a leaky space suit.

“It was a scene where my character becomes submerged in water and trapped, so I go down in the water expecting it’s probably not going to be warm but I will at least be dry,” Hathaway said in an interview with The Telegraph.

“But after about 10 seconds the suit is totally full of water. I don’t know what’s happening or why, but everybody is hurting and cold so I don’t say anything about it and wonder, ‘How long can this last?’”

The actress said her body became all numb, tingly and said everything became hazy around the edges. She said: “II thought Chris is going to be way more annoyed if I die of hypothermia than he is if I speak up about it and maybe delay filming for five minutes.”

Hathaway said she was reluctant to complain to Nolan – director of Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy – because “Wimps don’t last long on his set.”

The film, co-written by Nolan’s brother Jonah, has been kept under wraps until last weekend when a select number of critics were invited to review it. The film was even codenamed “Flora’s Letter” to help maintain secrecy on set.

The story is somewhere between a John Steinbeck novel on futuristic Earth that has suffered a 1930s style “dust bowl” catastrophe and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In it Matthew McConaughey plays a widowed engineer who agrees to captain a mission through a wormhole in search of other worlds for the human race to populate. Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine are among the other big names to feature, and Matt Damon makes a cameo.

Critics have already hailed the three hour-long film the next enduring sci-fi classic and it is already being tipped for the best picture category at next year’s Oscars, following in the footsteps of last year’s intergalactic film Gravity.