How The Inbetweeners Filmed 'Disabled Woman Being Hit By Frisbee' Scene
Ever wondered how the team that filmed The Inbetweeners managed to get someone to agree to have a frisbee thrown at their head? Wonder no more:
The scene featured in the second episode of the first series, titled 'Bunk Off', and what a roller-coaster it was.
In the episode, Will McKenzie (Simon Bird) is a month into his new life in state education and wondering how to attract female attention. Suddenly, he has an epiphany: playing frisbee will attract girls, because they'll obviously want to join in.
At this point, the object of his affections - Carli D'Amato - walks by and Will attempts to put his theory into practice, flinging the bright orange circle into the air, and shouting to Carli: "Catch!"
But of course - because it's The Inbetweeners - disaster occurs. They all soon realise that the frisbee isn't heading for Carli and her pals, but rather is speeding towards a wheelchair user. Uh-oh. It hits the disabled in the face before she shouts: "Here we go again..."
Will profusely apologises before attempting to snatch the frisbee from the poor woman - at which point a gang of football ladsladslads nearby see him grappling with her, and chase him out of the park.
It looks like a pretty awkward/painful/agonising situation to be in, especially for the actor getting lamped by a frisbee. That is, until you go behind the scenes to find out that they didn't use a big lump of hard plastic, but rather a variation of softer materials.
In a BTS clip which has been posted to The Inbetweeners' official YouTube channel, art director Richard Drew recalls: "The rubber one [frisbee] which hits a disabled girl isn't as soft as we all thought it was going to be.
"So we're now coming up with alternative ways to make a soft frisbee. We've got three or four variations and I don't think we've held anyone up for too long which is a relief."
Looking back over the filming exercise, director Gordon Anderson says: "Obviously the difficult bit to shoot was finding someone who didn't mind having a frisbee thrown in their face.
"We also had to make sure that the frisbee really wasn't going to hurt her, so we had lots of goes of Dougie, our props man, standing on top of a ladder throwing a foam frisbee at our disabled girl. Sometimes it hit, sometimes it didn't."
The video surfaced on Twitter recently, with one person commenting: "As if they actually launched it at her," while another added: "That's not how I pictured that going down!"
A third wrote: "Never thought they'd actually throw it at her well then."
Well, now you know.
Featured Image Credit: YouTube/The Inbetweeners