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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Mangan feared death by polar bear

Stephen Mangan plays an eco-warrior in Beyond The Pole
Stephen Mangan plays an eco-warrior in Beyond The Pole

Stephen Mangan has revealed he feared becoming a polar bear's lunch while filming new comedy Beyond The Pole.

The star plays an eco-warrior named Mark who sets out with friend Brian on the first Carbon Neutral, Vegetarian, And Organic expedition to the North Pole in the film, which was shot in northern Greenland.

Stephen revealed: "We had an Inuit Indian standing behind the camera armed with a rifle in case a polar bear came lumbering across the ice and tried to eat us, because - I didn't know this - but, apparently polar bears are man's only natural predator."

He added: "They're the only creature on the planet who will actually hunt a man down and eat him for lunch."

The Free Agents star said the film, produced by and co-starring Helen Baxendale and directed by her husband David L Williams, puts humour before green issues.

He said: "It's not a message movie as such because message movies are rubbish. But Helen and her husband, the director, are incredibly passionate about all that stuff. Helen will walk three miles to the supermarket and then carry all the stuff back without a plastic bag. She's very, very keen.

"I think all those green messages are there, but it's first and foremost a comedy and a great original idea for a comedy."

The film is described as a road movie on ice.

Stephen said: "Brian is a much more laid-back kind of guy who is quite excited about the idea of getting in the Guinness Book of World Records, but for Mark it's about nothing less than saving the entire planet. But it's a nice relationship, it's a sort of bromance."

:: Beyond The Pole is showing at London's Apollo Piccadilly from March 5-12 and is touring UK cinemas.

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