Toronto Fire rescue actor Anna Kendrick from stuck elevator at TIFF

It’s hard to elevate your acting career when you’re actually stuck in an elevator, but thanks to Toronto Fire it looks like Anna Kendrick will be on time for Sunday’s premiere of Alice, Darling at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Kendrick posted a video to her Instagram account on Sunday afternoon — just hours before she’s scheduled to walk the red carpet at Roy Thompson Hall — showing her stuck in a crammed elevator.

“Ah, the classic ‘I’m behind schedule at this film festival because I had to be rescued from an elevator’ excuse #TIFF22” she captioned the video.


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Kendrick took the situation in stride, joking that she should’ve been more prepared.

“This is why I shouldn’t leave the house without at least a little airplane-sized (alcohol) bottle because you never know when you’re going to get stuck in an elevator,” she laughed.

When someone pulls out a pack of gum, she quips: “Guys we have to ration the limited food supply that we have.”

Kendrick strikes a few red-carpet worthy poses while Toronto Fire opens the hatch and lowers a ladder down.

As Kendrick makes her way up, she notes that it was “lucky” she wasn’t wearing a short skirt.

The video ends with Kendrick posing with the Toronto firefighters who ushered her to safety.

Toronto Fire tells CityNews the film star, and six others, were stuck on the elevator at 225 Richmond Street West on the fifth floor.

Kendrick stars in the Canadian film Alice, Darling, which debuts at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The TIFF website says in the film “Kendrick captures the anxious psychology of a woman in an abusive relationship as her friends try to reconnect with her while on a cottage getaway.”

The film was written by Alanna Francis and directed by Mary Nighy.

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