Updated: November 5, 2019 4:48:58 pm
For his show titled See on Apple TV+, Jason Momoa fought a real bear and shared footage of his interaction with the animal in a behind-the-scenes video. In the video, the bear is seen taking a cookie out of the actor’s mouth and eating it.
“The things we do for our ART. SEE. Is out. Please watch on Apple TV+. The bear needs to know your scent. So here’s my cookie kisses big guy. Love you tag. Aloha Baba Voss,” Jason Momoa wrote on Instagram, while sharing the video.
The footage shows, the actor holding a biscuit between his lips and the bear moves forward to take the cookie using its mouth. Many were impressed by how the star didn’t flinch and burst out laughing after the bear took the cookie.
Watch the video here:
Speaking about the scene in the show on a Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio show, Momoa revealed the animal was a Kodiak bear that was nine-feet tall. “You have to get it slowly close to you, and be able to interact with it,” he explained.
“Once the episode comes out, I’ll put it on my Instagram, when I put a cookie in my mouth. And then he eats it up,” Momoa said at the time. “You see my face with the little cookie and then this massive head comes into the frame and takes [it] out of my mouth, which is like, ‘Why was Jason Momoa‘s face eaten off? Cause he tried to feed a bear with a cookie.’,” he said.
With nearly 3 million views on Instagram, the video is going viral. But animal rights groups were not impressed by it and criticised the actor’s actions. Animal rights group PETA pointed out that baby bears are separated from their mothers for entertainment.
“Bears used for entertainment are often torn from their mothers as infants, beat, & forced to perform. Please, Jason, don’t promote wild animal exploitation in the future,” the animal-rights body wrote on Twitter.
Many others also said the same thing and said that in the age of visual effects, there is no need for real animals to be used. Others pointed out that it’s wrong to keep wild animals in captivity.
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