Being a successful actor in Hollywood may seem like VIP treatment and red carpet events, but it takes more than talent to find that level of fame. It also takes courage and determination and, on occasion, the ability to survive what could have been a very horrific bear attack. Ask Neve Campbell.
Campbell, who rose to fame in her early twenties as the eldest daughter of the hit drama Fox Part of five, currently doing the rounds to promote the latest entry in meta-horror Scream franchise. Simply titled Scream, the film marks its fifth outing as Sidney Prescott, who we first met in 1996 as a high school student who used to attract serial killers.
While Campbell spent a lot of screen time as the Screaming Queen, it was an earlier project that could have turned into an actual horror movie. Like Variety reports, Campbell sat down with Kelly Clarkson earlier this week to discuss her new movie, when he spoke about a project she worked on when she was 17, where she and a bear she was playing with opposite have not quite hit it off.
“I was playing that role where she’s at one with the animals and there was a scene where I was being chased by a bear,” Campbell explained. “They brought this bear to the set and first gave me this big bottle of Coke to feed him. [Then] they said, ‘Put your hand in the honey and run. And when you get to the tree over there, reach out and feed the bear.
A conscientious actor, Campbell did as asked. “I dipped my hand in honey and ran to that rock, and I turned around and stretched out my hand and the bear isn’t slowing down and he’s not coming to get my hand”, said Campbell explained. “He grabs me by the leg and pulls me through the forest. My mom was visiting the set and she is screaming. The whole crew is frozen because no one can believe what is going on. All I can think of to say is, ‘He’s biting me’, like it’s not obvious.
It took a bear hunter throwing stones at his bear co-star to distract from Campbell’s Bear, who got away with it relatively unscathed. Thinking back to today’s event, Campbell sees it all as a bit silly. “We are being asked to do stupid things,” she said.
You can watch the full segment above. Scream hits theaters on January 14, 2022.
(Going through Variety)