Dame Helen Mirren wanted to 'be accepted' by stunt team on Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Dame Helen Mirren wanted to 'be accepted' by stunt team on Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Dame Helen Mirren kept her broken finger a secret because she wanted to "be accepted" by the stunt team on 'Shazam! Fury of the Gods'.

The 77-year-old actress recently revealed she suffered a painful injury while shooting the superhero sequel but admitted she didn't tell the cast and crew what had happened to her because she was so in awe of the "brave" experts working on the film.

She told 'Entertainment Tonight': "When you're in that stunt world, the stunt people are so brave, and you want to be accepted by them. I'm sucking up to the stunt people."

Her co-star Rachel Zegler laughed: "They're the popular kids."

Helen agreed: "They were the cool kids, exactly. I wanted to be accepted by them so I was not going to complain about my finger."

The film's lead, Zachary Levi, praised Helen for being "such a trouper" and admitted he had no idea the veteran actress had been injured during the shoot.

He said: "I had no idea, but she's such a trouper. She was so there and present and rolling up her sleeves, like, 'How can we go have fun? How can we do this?' She's everything. Such an icon."

Helen previously explained she broke her finger after misjudging the moment in a fight scene and making contact with a wall.

She said: "I hit a cement wall!"

The Oscar-winning star - who plays Hespera, daughter of Atlas, in the movie - was delighted to get to the heart of the action scenes, even though she's not a "sporty type of person".

She said: "I do have a big fight sequence and I did sone myself and obviously we have great stunt people and they help with the really difficult stuff.

"But I did do as much as I possibly could. I didn't particularly train, just a bit of yoga in the morning!

"But I'm not a sporty type of person at all."