Zoe Saldana Held Her Breath for 5 Min While Filming ‘Avatar’

...but, Sigourney Weaver and Kate Winslet held theirs for even longer!

While special effects have evolved over time, some things you just have to do the old fashioned way. The cast of ‘Avatar’ spent time holding their breath under water for real. So much so it turned into a competition on who could do it the longest. Zoe Saldana held hers for five minutes, Sigourney Weaver six-and-a-half, and Kate Winslet for seven! The award winning James Cameron had the cast trained with the world’s best breath-holding specialist so they could film without having to cut.