neve campbell came face to face with Mother Nature as a teenager when she was attacked by a bear on a movie set, the “Scream” star shared during a recent talk show appearance.
While promoting the latest movie of the “ScreamHorror movie franchise on “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” Campbell shared with the host. Kelly clarkson details of the harrowing incident, which took place while Campbell, then 17, was shooting a movie in Canada.
“I was playing this role where she’s ‘at one with the animals,’ and there was a scene where a bear was supposed to be chasing me,” Campbell told Clarkson, without naming the film. “They brought this bear on set and first they gave me a big bottle of Coke to feed it. So now this is like a bear on a sugar rush.”
She continued, “And then they said, and I’m 17 so I’m really dumb, they said, ‘Dip your hand in honey and just run, and when you get to the tree over there, turn around and put your hand in it.’ deliver and feed the bear. And me, of course, wanting to please everybody was like, ‘Okay.’ “
However, things did not go as planned for the former “Party of Five” star as she attempted the dangerous stunt.
“I turn around and put my hand out, and the bear doesn’t slow down and doesn’t come for my hand,” Campbell said. “He grabs me by the leg and drags me through the woods, and my mom is visiting the set, so she’s screaming. The entire crew is frozen because no one can believe what is happening.
“All I could think of to say was, ‘It’s biting me,’ like it wasn’t obvious.”
Fortunately for Campbell, the bear tamer on set rescued her by throwing rocks at her, allowing Campbell to escape and find shelter on top of a nearby rock. Despite the close call, Campbell said she was keen to give the stunt a second chance: “No, that was a rehearsal,” she said shortly after the incident. “We didn’t get it on camera: let’s do it.”
Although Campbell dismissed the bizarre encounter as part of the actor’s craft: “They ask us to do really dumb things,” Clarkson said she would have handled the situation very differently.
“Actors are so different from musicians; I can’t stress this enough,” Clarkson said. “If I was in a music video and that failed, I’d be like, ‘Bye,'” to which Campbell replied, “Me too, now.”
The latest installment of “Scream,” now in theaters, finds Campbell’s iconic Sidney Prescott character not only as a wife and mother, but also as a fearless heroine.
“The possibility of a threat to his son just takes his strength to another level,” Campbell told USA TODAY. “It’s good to go in with, oh well, Sidney wouldn’t have any doubts now. Not that he has many doubts, but he needs to take care of this because of the possibility of Ghostface coming for his family.”
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