New Zealand actress Amie Donald arrives for the premiere of Universal Pictures "M3GAN" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on December 7, 2022. (Photo by Michael Tran / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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M3GAN Actor Amie Donald Did Her Own Creepy Stunts, Including Running On All Fours
Bringing the titular killer doll from "M3GAN" to life was no easy task that combined puppeteering, animatronics, and a human actor in a doll mask, but it's child actor Amie Donald’s performance that really makes the creation terrifying. The young star even did her own stunts, including running on all fours.
Director Gerard Johnstone told The Los Angeles Times that the trailer’s most horrifying moments were all Donald, whose gymnastics experience allowed her to move in ways that average people don’t. While her ability to run on all fours required a bit of practice, the extra flair she added to it made the scene even freakier.
Johnstone recalled: "We get this video from her mother, where Amie had just figured out how to do this on the carpet at home. And she could run on all fours! [...] she got into it through a little sideways walk which we incorporated into the movie because it was so creepy and unexpected — it was like she was a jungle predator sizing up her prey."
To top it off, Donald can do a "cobra rise" without wires, lifting herself from the ground using only her legs like a cobra rising up to strike its prey. All in all, a creepy doll played by a creepy kid who also happens to move like a mix of a ballerina and a serpent is pure nightmare fuel.