In his new show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the outdoors expert teaches celebrities how to survive in the wild. So when Grylls stopped by the EW video studio, we had him teach us a thing or two about survival… in Hollywood.
We gave Grylls some of the toughest survival scenarios presented in movies and asked him for tips on how to deal with each one. From Titanic to Sharknado, he has a pretty good idea of how some characters could’ve made it out of their films alive.
Watch the video and read a full transcript below.
[EW asked Bear Grylls how to survive life-or-death situations from the following films.]
BEAR GRYLLS: Really cold water is a tough one, you know. You can do as much as you like but ultimately, if you don’t get out of that water, you’re going to die. So really, the number one thing is try and get yourself out of it even if it’s onto an old palette or some sort of wreckage. If you can’t get out of the water and you’re stuck in it, keep your clothes on, huddle up in a ball, try and protect your core. The whole point of the film is he’s sacrificing his life for her, which is really the ultimate, you know, great thing to do. So respect to Jack.
The Hunger Games
Well, it’s the same priorities of survival, whether you’re lost in a desert or a jungle or in the Hunger Games arena: protection, rescue, water, food—please remember what’s first. Number one is protection, and in their case, it’s from each other, because they’re all trying to kill each other, weren’t they? So really, the best way to protect yourself is to get a weapon. Then your next priority is rescue. Well, you can’t get out of there, so you’re stuck in it, so your next priority then is water. And three minutes without air, three days without water, three weeks without food. So once you got your weapon, you got the high ground, then it’s about water.
That’s a tough one. I mean, if you’re in the water with a shark, it’s about portraying confidence. If it comes swimming towards you and they detect that you’re scared and you’re flapping and you’re running away, you’re prey. You know, if you’re more confident, you can swim at them, it sews doubt in the shark’s mind, so the first thing is confidence. Second thing is if you are being attacked is to go for the gills, the eyes, or the nose, hitting, striking it hard, you can shout at it under water. If you’re swimming away from it, don’t panic. Just swim strongly to show that you’re not injured, you’re in control. But the truth is, you got great whites flying through the air and they’re all coming towards you, you’re a little bit screwed. You got to take cover, I suppose. Get a big strong stick, go for the gills and the eyes and the nose. Same principles!
Life of Pi
It depends whether it’s a nice tiger or a nasty tiger, but sea survival is a tough one. You don’t want to try and kill the tiger. Tigers are lovely, you know? You’re better off to befriend the tiger, separate your space, and then concentrate on your own survival. Fish first, go for the turtles, you can drink their blood, get out of the sun, cover, be ready for the rain storms to collect the water, share it, and if you’re lucky, you and the tiger will get off it in one piece.
Running Wild with Bear Grylls airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.