Emily Watson has confessed she kept her fear of horses secret from War Horse director Steven Spielberg until just days after she began shooting the film.
The Oranges And Sunshine star said she had to overcome her fears because she was so excited about being in the much-anticipated film.
"I'm not very good at animals generally," she revealed. "I like domestic animals but big, large ones that might hurt me - I'm a bit of a wimp."
Emily plays Rose Narracott, mother of Albert, a young man who bonds with the horse who is sold to the British cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War I.
The actress said War Horse is not just a story about a boy and a horse but also a "profoundly moving document" of how warfare changed.
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