Neve Campbell Reveals She Was Once Attacked by a Bear on a Movie Set.. Neve Campbell is famous for her roles in the Scream franchise, but she revealed that those films aren’t the only horror story she’s been a part of.
During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show to promote the latest Scream film, the actress explained that she was once attacked by a bear on an unnamed movie set in Canada (which given the synopsis, seems like it may have been Tales of the Wild). At age 17, she said, “I was playing this role where she’s ‘one with the animals’ and there was a scene where I’m supposed to be getting chased by a bear. They brought this bear on set and they first gave me this big bottle of Coke to feed it. So now, this is a bear on a sugar rush. 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 stick your hand out and feed the bear.’ And I, of course, wanting to please everyone was like, ‘Ok!’”
However, despite following those instructions to a T, Campbell said things did not go according to plan. “The bear is not slowing down and he is not coming for my hand,” she continued. “He grabs me by the leg and he pulls me through the forest. My mother happens to be visiting set, so she’s screaming. The whole crew is frozen because no one can believe what’s happening. All I can think to say is, ‘He’s biting me,’ like it’s not obvious.”
Eventually, the Party of Five star was rescued by the film’s bear wrangler who threw rocks at the animal until it charged at him, giving her time to run away and hide on top of a rock. “It’s silly,” she said of the story, adding that she had no major injuries from the attack. “[Actors] get asked to do silly things.” Even sillier, Campbell confessed that, being a people-pleaser, she agreed to do the scene all over again because the crew wasn’t filming that first time. Clarkson replied, “Actors are so different from musicians. I can’t stress this enough…I would be like, ‘Bye!’” Campbell added, “So would I…now.”