The actor came out of the first series of the show unscathed, despite coming face-to-face with some of the creepiest animals on earth - but his doctor sidekick wasn't quite as lucky.
Monaghan tells WENN, "I did alright. I got murdered by mosquitoes and black flies and sand flies and leeches sucking my blood, because their saliva features a coagulant, which means you bleed for, like, a day and a half, which ruins your clothes... but my medic got bitten by a bullet ant, which is one of the most painful insect stings in the world and he spent about a day and a half in bed."
Monaghan is now hoping to land a second season of the show, but he admits his hazardous adventures have proved too much for film insurance companies.
He adds, "My agent called me up and said the insurance company are extremely worried about the job... I don't think they were ever incredibly happy about what I was doing. A lot of film studios were nervous about me doing what I was doing, thinking I was probably gonna get killed doing it.
"I can understand that - in each episode I put myself in life-threatening situations; we deal with cobras, vipers, rattlesnakes and scorpions, bees and wasps - all of which will certainly send you to the hospital and some of which can kill you and you might need to get limbs amputated... I'm there in the midst of it all, getting my hands dirty."
But it was the experience of a lifetime - and one trip to Laos brought him in contact with the world's largest spider, the Giant Huntsman.
He coos, "It's an animal that evokes a very immediate knee-jerk response in most people and it ended up being an experience that took me into an underground cave that is only accessible through rivers, and the locals said they weren't aware if any human had ever gone as far as we had gone."
Dom's Wild Things debuts on Channel 5 in the U.K. on 9 November (12) and airs in the U.S. early in 2013.
The actor spends much of his time living on a rustic ranch in Montana and Eckhart admits whenever he and his brother go hiking and stumble upon the venomous serpent, they sometimes kill it for a snack.
During an appearance on U.S. programme The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Monday (10Oct11), he explained, "We have plenty of rattlesnakes (near my house). One happened - it was wrong place, wrong time. My brother came across a rattler, so he had to dispatch (kill) it, and so we cooked him up and ate him...
"What you do is, you cut off its head, but you have to be very careful with a rattlesnake because it has electricity running through it for up to like three days afterwards. You bury the head. And then I just cut it down the middle and gutted it. I got a stick, a nice fresh sapling, cut it down the middle... and put it over the fire... My brother and I were like (portioning it). It's a nice white meat."
The star has racked up more than 40 film credits since making her acting debut at 14, and had to tackle music critics' bias when she decided to form her own rock band, Juliette and the Licks.
But Lewis is adamant acting is hard work, citing one particularly harrowing stunt she completed in a field of rattlesnakes while shooting Oliver Stone's 1994 action movie Natural Born Killers.
Speaking on Britain's Live from Studio Five, she recalls, "That movie was a blast to do. It was very strange. It's funny because people have all these pre-conceived notions 'cause I come from film so they think I'm gonna be pampered and precious and a diva coming into music. It couldn't be more opposite because the kinds of movies I've done have all been really interesting, rough shoots. Very long hours, very strange environments.
"For instance (in Natural Born Killers), I remember walking through rattlesnakes. They were live rattlesnakes, and me and Woody (Harrelson) walked through them. The camera guy, just to put it in perspective, he said he wasn't going to do it. He told Oliver, 'I'm out, I'm out!' Me and Woody were like, 'Oh no.'
"There's a rattlesnake wrangler, he's like, 'Don't worry. They're cold. When they're cold they won't attack you 'cause they're curled up!' But me and Woody, we were up for it."
The National Guard is called out for a routine desert exercise in Yuma Flats where nuclear experiments once took place. The team of young and often naïve recruits set out in the heat and they all have nicknames such as Crank (Jacob Vargas) Stump (Ben Crowley) Spitter (Eric Edelstein) Mickey (Reshad Strik)—and the resident hunk Napoleon (Michael McMillian). There are some chick soldiers too including Amber (Jessica Stroup) and Missy (Daniella Alonso). When they run into traps among the rocks and rattlesnakes they find the dregs of humanity who have been left there after the nuclear experiments. The mutant family living in the buildings left standing from the testing as well as the caves under the ground also have their own share of nicknames: Hades (Michael Bailey Smith) Stabber (Tyrell Kemlo) Letch (Jason Oettle) Grabber (Gaspar Szabo) and Chameleon (Derek Mears). Meanwhile roughshod Sgt. Millstone (Flex Alexander) leads the battle against them. Sometimes the actors in these horror flicks are only judged by how well they scream and die—and a few of these soldiers have some good lungs. The problem is the vain attempts the film makes in trying to create characters the audience care about because frankly we don't no matter how many glimpses of life at home or pictures saved on the cell phone. The first victim in the beginning seems a sympathetic captive but is subjected to a brutal rape and then a quick and graphic decapitation which is highly unnecessary. The monster family is a bit more evil and even somewhat familiar (Michael Bailey Smith was in last year's The Hills Have Eyes). Images of dead soldiers even though portrayed in an unrealistic way may seem too real with the recent news of the day and the family-in-peril anxiety of the first classic is lost in this sequel. Horror guru Wes Craven always said he hated the 1985 sequel he did to his 1977 classic which continued on with the Carter family and their mutant woes so this time—co-writing with his son Jonathan Craven—he went a different way. Unfortunately it still doesn’t work as well. Hills Have Eyes 2 lacks the creativity French director Alexandre Aja instilled in last year’s scare fest which truly highlighted how the 1950s nuclear testing in the desert could have created these mutant people. This time we have director Martin Weisz who is known more for his music videos. Maybe that's why the scenes come across too quick too choppy and too in your face. The requisite amount of gore is going to keep some sickos in the audience happy but it's not the creative stuff we've seen before from this team.
New Samuel L. Jackson film Snakes on a Plane became terrifyingly real for Arizona cinemagoers when pranksters released two live rattlesnakes into the theater, causing widespread panic.
The two young venomous diamondback rattlers were released during a screening in Phoenix on Friday.
Local news reports say the snakes caused chaos among the audience and snake wranglers were called in to collect them.
No one was injured during the incident and the culprits have not been caught.
Officials believe the snakes were smuggled into the theater in backpacks.
According to Phoenix Herpetological Society spokesman Daniel Marchand, "All they've got to do is startle this thing. It's dark. They can't see you that well. If it's scared--boom--it strikes!"
The snakes were eventually captured and released into the Arizona desert.
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Samuel L. Jackson is thrilled with the Internet interest in his new movie Snakes on a Plane and feels many films would benefit from an online fan campaign before a single scene is shot.
The movie's title and Jackson's role as a snake-battling federal agent came as a result of movie fans discussing the project years ago.
The Pulp Fiction star is convinced the movie would never have been made had it not been for the Internet movie fans.
He says, "It's the next step in what's going to happen. There are so many people who are aware of films because of the information highway and most times people who sit in offices have no idea what's going on in the real world.
"Fortunately for New Line (studio), this happened and was out of hand before they were even made aware of it. The fan demands made them understand what they had.
"Eventually I think there's going to be films like this that are of a certain genre that some smart person will invite that type of input.
"Someone will say something like, 'I have an idea for a film, and here's my idea. How do you think this should play out? Who should be in it? How long should it be? Should it be one parts, two parts, or three parts?'
"The interaction from the fans will fuel this whole thing and make those people feel like they are such a part of the film. If you got a dollar from all those people you can make the film."
Jackson Orders Snakes Restraining Order
Samuel L. Jackson had a clause in his contract for high-flying thriller Snakes on a Plane which insisted all reptiles on the set were kept at least 20 feet from him at all times.
Jackson plays a federal agent onboard a plane full of slithering venomous reptiles and made sure he was safe throughout filming.
He says, "My agent was insistent: 'No snakes within 20 feet.' In the beginning they were talking about having rattlesnakes they had taken the venom sacks out of them, but I was like, 'Hell, no. That don't work for me.'
"I don't have a fear of snakes... When I grew up in the country, when we saw a snake the snake was in a lot more trouble then we were.
"We'd chase it and try to catch it, so we could beat it. I've handled them; I had snakes draped all over me for the photo shoot."
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