Tunie, 53, a film, stage and television actress, director and producer best known for her portrayal of attorney Jessica Griffin on the CBS soap opera “As the World Turns” and medical examiner Melinda Warner on NBC's “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” plays senior flight attendant Margaret Thomason.
So how did Zemeckis and his crew manage to pull off the harrowingly realistic crash landing?
“Basically the crew kind of resurrected an airplane that had been retired to like the airplane graveyard or whatever, and they dragged the thing into a soundstage and they rigged it on hydraulics and a thing we ended up calling the rotisserie,” Tunie said. “It was like a big rotisserie oven that they attached the plane to, so that when it actually flipped upside down we actually turned the entire cabin of the plane and the entire cockpit of the plane completely upside down with this rotisserie.
“And so to simulate the turbulence and everything, they used the hydraulics, so we were really being thrown around that plane. I had the bruises to show for it. And it was as realistic as it could be. And it wasn't difficult for me to imagine how terrifying that would be.”