Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Patrick Bergin, "Mountains of the Moon," March 9, 1990

Patrick Bergin in "Mountains of the Moon"

For Patrick Bergin, star of the new film "Mountains of the Moon," the glamor part of movie stardom took a little time to kick in. When he was shooting the film in Kenya, the experience was anything but. There's nothing particularly romantic about having lions thrown at you.

"Having a quarter of a ton of lion thrown on top of me was pretty fantastic and lousy at the same time," he says, laughing. "It certainly nearly killed me."

The scene involved his character, 19th century writer and adventurer Richard Burton, being chased and attacked by a male lion. Fortunately for Burton, the beast was fatally wounded as it leaped through the air at him.