Scream star Neve Campbell tells the story of a scene gone awry when she was attacked by a bear on the set of a movie as a teenager.
In front Scream Star Neve Campbell survived a franchise of Ghostface attacks as Sydney Prescott, she first had to survive another type of attack early in her career.
When appearing on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Campbell revealed she was attacked by a bear at the age of 17 while filming a movie in Canada. “I played this role where she’s one with the animals, and there was a scene where I was supposed to be chased by a bear,” said the actor, who was instructed at the time to dip her hand in honey and then run and encourage the bear to chase them. “And of course I wanted to please everyone and I said ‘okay’.”
“I dip my hand in honey and run to the rock or the tree they tell me to run to and I turn around and stretch out my hand and the bear doesn’t slow down and it doesn’t come around to get my hand and he grabs my leg and he pulls me through the woods,” Campbell continued. “The whole crew is frozen because no one can believe what’s happening and all I can say is, ‘He bite me!’ like it’s not obvious.”
Luckily, the film’s bear wrangler was able to get the animal’s attention with some well-aimed rocks and allowed her to escape. Despite this experience, Campbell said she still wanted to continue with the scene as a young actress. “They said we’re not going to do it again, and I said, again that folk fun, ‘No, that was a rehearsal! We didn’t get it on camera, let’s do it,'” she said. “Well, absolutely not. I don’t do that.”
Campbell first appeared as Sydney Prescott in 1996 Scream and has starred in all subsequent sequels. She reprized the role again for the fifth installment in the simply-titled classic slasher franchise Scream, alongside fellow mainstays Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers) and David Arquette (Dewey Riley). Described by the cast and crew as a relaunch, not a sequel, the film will feature a mix of old and new cast members and will be the first film in the franchise not to be directed by Wes Craven, who died in August 2015.
“I was really divided,” Campbell said of another Scream excluding Craven, whose screenplay was written before she, Cox, and Arquette even signed. “I loved the man very much. But [co-directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Opellini] wrote me a letter speaking of their appreciation and great respect for Wes Craven and the fact that the real reason they are directors today is because of these films and Wes, and that meant a lot to me.”
Scream is one of many films and TV shows whose premieres have been impacted by the recent surge in the Omicron variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19). While his red carpet premiere was canceled, Scream is coming to cinemas now.
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