Scream star Neve Campbell tells the story of a scene that went wrong when she was attacked by a bear on the set of a movie when she was a teenager.
Before Scream star Neve Campbell survived a franchise value of Ghostface attacks like Sydney Prescott, she first had to survive another kind of attack early in her career.
While performing Kelly Clarkson Show, Campbell revealed that when she was 17, she was attacked by a bear while filming a movie in Canada. “I played this role where she is one with the animals and there was a scene where I was supposed to be chased by a bear,” said the actress, who at the time was asked to dip her hand in honey and then ran and encouraged the bear to chase her. “And I, of course, would delight everyone, was like ‘Okay’.”
“I dip my hand in honey, and I run to the rock or the tree, as they say I should run to, and I turn around and reach out my hand, and the bear does not slow down, and he does not come after my hand and he grabs me by the leg and he pulls me through the woods, “Campbell continued. “The whole crew is frozen because no one can believe what’s going on and all I can think about is saying, ‘He bites me!’ As if it was not obvious.”
Fortunately, the film’s bear fighter was able to turn the animal’s attention towards itself with some well-aimed stones so she could escape. Despite this experience, Campbell said that as a young actress, she still wanted to continue with the scene. “They were like we’re not doing it again, and I thought again, this people-please,” she said. “Now, absolutely not. I do not.”
Campbell first appeared as Sydney Prescott in the original 1996 Scream and has starred in all of its subsequent successors. She again repeated the role of the fifth part of the classic slasher franchise, just the title Scream, performing alongside other pillars Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers) and David Arquette (Dewey Riley). The film has been described by the cast and crew as a relaunch rather than a sequel, and with a mix of old and new cast, it will be the first film in the franchise not directed by Wes Craven, which passed in August 2015.
“I was really in two minds,” Campbell said of doing another Scream without Craven, whose script was written before she, Cox and Arquette had even signed. “I loved the man very much. But [co-directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Opellini] wrote a letter to me in which they talked about their appreciation and great respect for Wes Craven, and talked about that the very reason they are directors today was because of these movies and because of Wes, and that meant very much for me. “
Scream is one of many movies and TV series whose premieres have been influenced by the recent rise in the omicron variant of coronavirus (COVID-19). While the premiere of The Red Carpet was canceled, Scream is now in the cinema.
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