Noomi Rapace Blinded While Filming Stockholm

During an interview on talk show Skavlan on Friday, Noomi Rapace revealed that she was blinded by nasal spray on set of her new film Stockholm, about the 1973 Norrmalmstorg bank robbery which led to the term Stockholm Syndrome.

Noomi Rapace said: “I was blinded! I had a chemical burn in both eyes. In one eye I was blind for a week and in the other my sight returned after a couple of days. It was terrible. One of the worst things I’ve ever experienced.”

“At the end of the film… we were locked in a bank vault and the police threw in tear gas. And the drug that the makeup staff used to make tears, swelling and red eyes was a Vicks nasal spray that shouldn’t be used near eyes.”

“It was completely undiluted so I got a chemical burn from the alcohol. And I couldn’t see anything. My friend was there with me and she had to help me to the bathroom, shower me and feed me. I was a complete invalid.”

Stockholm, directed by Robert Budreau and starring Ethan Hawke, premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

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