Dinosaurs. Mr. Freeze. Lava. Anaconda. Godzilla. Hades. Aliens. Mike Tyson.
Watch your backs!
These destructive brutes may be able to scare up box office (or pay-per-view) bucks, their ferocious behavior and special effects are no match for the mayhem created by the very real, and very big, Bart the Bear.
Packing 1,400 pounds of bruin brawn, a bite that could devour an entire heavyweight division and an acting method that would make Brando blush, Bart nearly steals “The Edge” from big-name stars Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin in Fox’s upcoming thriller.
Produced by Art Linson and helmed by Lee Tamahori from David Mamet’s script, “The Edge” is a taut adventure about three men — Hopkins, Baldwin and Harold Perrineau (“William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet”) — who struggle to survive in the Alaskan back country after a plane crash. Armed only with a pocket knife, seven matches and their wits, the trio must fight the hostile environment, which includes the man-eating grizzly who has targeted them as his next meal.
Although the main storyline deals with the mind games between a wealthy intellectual (Hopkins) and a photographer (Baldwin), whom he suspects is trying to kill him for his money and his wife (Elle Macpherson).
“He’s the most ruthless professional I’ve ever worked with,” Tamahori said of Bart. “He’s the John Wayne of bears.”
A veteran thesp, Bart — who is trained by Doug and Lynn Seus — has honed his craft in more cuddly films, including Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “The Bear.”
But after the release of “The Edge” in September, Bart could do for a walk in the woods what “Jaws” did for a latenight ocean swim.