Grylls used the rabbit and flax to fashion a sort of fishing pole to catch an eel. Why flax? "When the eel bites down on those," he said, pointing to a partially shredded bit of the flax, "because their teeth face backwards, they get their teeth stuck in these strands." He then rubbed the flax in the rabbit guts to lure the eel.
Crossing rapids is dangerous business, no matter where the water is. Grylls had to apply his survival skills get by, tying a rope to a tree before entering the water. "I'm holding myself out of the main stream for as long as possible," he said in the voice-over. "Because when the full force of the water catches me, I'm gone."
He and Bear Grylls both shed their shirts in sub-freezing temperatures to keep them as dry as possible while they crossed a river. It's a far cry from a shirtless Gyllenhaal in the deserts of 'Prince of Persia.'
"I joined up for this, right?" Gyllenhaal lamented as he stripped. They made the crossing fairly quickly, making us cold just from watching them in the freezing water with the cameraman trying to keep the lens free of snow and ice.
'Men vs. Wild with Jake Gyllenhaal' (Mon., July 11, 9PM ET on Discovery) finds the 'Brokeback Mountain' and 'Love and Other Drugs' star teaming with Grylls for a snowy, icy, carcass-filled trip.
Following in the footsteps of funnyman Will Ferrell, who ventured to Northern Sweden with the show a couple years back, Gyllenhaal will show off his tough-guy skills, without the help of any stuntmen or body doubles like in the movies.
We can't wait to see these two get rugged together, but it got us thinking -- who should be next? Last year, Gryllls told us he wanted Cameron Diaz to tag along, and it looks like that's happening. (Although Ben Stiller was set to go, too -- whatever happened with that?)
Here, eight more celebrities we'd love to see roughing it on 'Man vs. Wild.'
Jake Gyllenhaal & Bear Grylls Trek Through Iceland on 'Man Vs. Wild,' Denis Leary Plans Paramedic Show and More
On July 11, the Oscar nominee will appear alongside Bear Grylls on the Discovery Channel series 'Man Vs. Wild' with Bear Grylls.
Gyllenhaal and Grylls will trek through the Icelandic landscape -- through mountains, glaciers and volcanoes -- with the actor forced to shadow the host as they endure rough weather conditions. Their adventure will kick off six all-new episodes of the series.
In other TV news ...
Bear Grylls, the tireless host of 'Man vs. Wild' (Wednesdays, 9PM ET on Discovery), treated two lucky viewers to a Fan vs. Wild adventure this season, giving them a story to tell for the rest of their lives ... assuming they made it out OK.
I caught up with Grylls to hear about their journey, then got scoop on the show's new video game and the realities of getting injured on the job.
This made me think about some of my favorite shows on the Discovery Channel, and I realized that they usually involve people in ridiculously disgusting or deadly situations. I think of these as the "real" reality shows, rather than the manufactured reality shows like 'Survivor' and 'The Amazing Race.'
Ok, we'll take Bear Grylls out of the equation, because, clearly, there's no need for him to be dropped into the wilderness and have to drink his own pee. But the others on my list are just awesome people doing death-wish jobs no one else wants to do. Follow me after the jump to see who made my top five list.
Discovery introduces 'Worst Case Scenario,' based on the popular series of books and starring 'Man vs. Wild's' Bear Grylls,and 'Construction Intervention,' featuring New York City construction guru Charlie Frattini and his crew as they tackle real-life property improvement nightmares.
The specials include the miniseries 'Human Planet,' which will explore eight different natural environments and the people who live in them, and 'Earth from Space,' which shows Earth as a living organism, as viewed from space. Discovery is producing in conjunction with NASA.
Discovery announced that Bear Grylls will host six episode of a new survival show called 'Worst Case Scenario,' based on the popular line of books published by Quirk Books.
The show will put Grylls in a series of heightened and dangerous situations to teach viewers how to survive them or at least walk away with most of your limbs still intact.
This isn't the first time the book series has gotten the TV treatment. TBS turned the book series into a reality information show that only lasted two seasons and featured a fresh-faced Mike Rowe before he found infamy as the host of Discovery's 'Dirty Jobs'.
Grylls, who gained fame teaching viewers how to use outdoor survival techniques in 'Wild,' will now be applying his know-how to life-threatening situations that could occur in our everyday lives, showing audiences how to handle urban disasters such as escaping a sinking car or surviving inside a falling elevator.
The series will be based on the bestselling book series of the same name, with six episodes ordered for a spring premiere.
Returning with a brand new batch of episodes (Wed., Jan. 6, 9PM ET) -- including an urban survival adventure -- one of the latest treks made the ex-British SAS soldier feel "like a kid in a candy store." Of course, in Bear's world, that often includes barbecued rat. (Culinary sidenote: He insists rat brain does not taste like chicken.)
AOL TV got Bear to reminisce a bit about the 50 episodes he's survived, laugh about why he looks so much older on TV, quote Winston Churchill when talking about his most important tip for survival and plea to get a big name Hollywood actress to come along on an adventure with him. Cameron Diaz, are you watching?
Everyone has crazy dreams, but mine are usually TV-related. Like the one I had that was all about 'Man vs. Wild' host Bear Grylls. Yeah, I know I'm not alone there. He's just so ... talented and professional, right? Right, and we go on quite an adventure this week.
I also have a little sneak peek of season 8 of '24' -- including an introduction to two new cast members -- and a I get into it about 'How I Met Your Mother''s mother. Is it Rachel Bilson? Should it be? Does anyone still care? Personally, I just can't wait to see star Neil Patrick Harris' sure-to-be-legendary song and dance number in the 100th episode.
Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com -- who knows, I might just give you an answer on the show. Now watch, enjoy and come back next week for more. Until then, happy TV watching! -- By Maggie Furlong
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Discovery Communications is working with video game publisher Crave to adapt both series. The 'Deadliest Catch' video game is expected to hit shelves for Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS by spring 2010. The 'Man v. Wild' video game will be available on those systems, as well as X-Box 360, but isn't expected until toward the end of 2011.
If you've got a hankering to see Will Ferrell's new comedy flick Land of the Lost, you definitely don't want to miss tomorrow night's new episode of Man Vs. Wild (airs Tuesday 6/2 at 10PM ET on Discovery Channel).
The special, dubbed Men Vs. Wild, will feature Ferrell trekking out into the harsh wilderness with host Bear Grylls in what's sure to be a more humorous than informative hour. Exclusive clips from Land of the Lost (it opens this Friday) will play throughout the commercial breaks.
Personally, I'm more excited about this than the movie itself. I love Ferrell, but Land of the Lost just strikes me as a remake that didn't need to be made. However, you have to admit, this is one helluva perfect cross-promotional stunt - anything to see Ferrell cracking jokes while peeing in the Swedish wilderness and wearing a dead animal hide.
Here's a preview - after watching it, I'm pretty sure Ferrell would have a hard time surviving in a supermarket.
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