[Video] Elizabeth Banks On Getting Kids To Drop The F-Bomb In Horror-Comedy Cocaine Bear
Everything you need to know about Elizabeth Banks’ Cocaine Bear is in the title.
The M18-rated horror/action-comedy, now in cinemas, is about a bear that did shitloads of, well, cocaine.
And it’s based on a true story. In 1985, a 80kg black bear living in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia ingested 30kg of Colombian nose candy dropped in an aerial dope run gone awry. In reality, the bear OD-ed.
But the movie stretches the truth a bit — er, a big bit — by reimagining what transpires before the furry beast bought the farm.
The coked-up apex predator — photo-realistically created by the Peter Jackson-owned FX shop, WETA — goes on a rampage, mauling anyone who gets in its way of getting high.
The motley crew of oddballs the bear encounters include a single mum (Keri Russell) and her precious daughter (Brooklynn Prince); a trio of drug dealers (Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr and Ray Liotta, in his final screen appearance before his death last May); a soon-to-retire cop (Isiah Whitlock Jr); a gun-totting park ranger (Margo Martindale, another The Americans alum); and an animal-rights activist (Jesse Tyler Ferguson).
Banks’ excursion in the wilderness — following her underwhelming 2019 Charlie's Angels reboot — is gleefully bonkers, filled with gory situations, colourful characters and punchy quips (“The bear did cocaine!”), and amid the madness, there's still room for a poignant bromance.
Plus, you have kids sampling coke and dropping F-bombs? Seriously, what’s not to like?
8days.sg recently spoke to Banks and her cast via Zoom from LA and asked how much of a bear expert they’ve become after making the movie.
Alden Ehrenreich and O'Shea Jackson, Jr
Cocaine Bear (M18) is now in cinemas. Watch more interviews on meWATCH and Mediacorp YouTube Channel.
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