Helen Hunt played a tornado chaser in the 1996 action-adventure movie “Twister.” In the film, Hunt stars as Dr. Jo Harding, a meteorologist dedicated to studying tornadoes. Dr. Harding is a fearless, tenacious, and driven scientist who, along with her team of storm chasers, embarks on a daring mission to advance the understanding of these deadly weather phenomena.
“Twister” showcases Dr. Harding’s personal journey as well, as she grapples with a pending divorce from her soon-to-be ex-husband, Bill Harding, played by Bill Paxton. Bill, a former storm chaser himself, is sucked back into the adrenaline-fueled world of tornado chasing when he attempts to deliver divorce papers to Jo. The stormy backdrop of their rekindling romance adds a layer of drama and emotional complexity to the movie.
The film was well-received for its special effects, which provided audiences with an immersive, up-close look at the power and fury of tornadoes. Helen Hunt’s portrayal of the driven, focused, yet vulnerable Dr. Jo Harding contributed significantly to the film’s success. “Twister” was a box office hit, grossing nearly half a billion dollars worldwide and becoming the second-highest-grossing film of 1996.