Jon Turteltaub had a run in with a gorilla. It was his third trip back to the African continent, a place he had first visited will directing the film Instinct starring Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding Jr. He was standing with a group of tourists in the rolling hills of Uganda, observing roughly 30 mountain gorillas who had reluctantly come to accept people visiting them.
Except for one.
The “big bully protector of the family”, as Turteltaub describes the animal, didn’t like where he was sitting. The 5 foot tall, 450 pound gorilla with “a head the size of Kansas and arms the size of Missouri” reared up and came charging, instantly traversing a distance of 30 or 40 yards in seconds. Everyone in the group backed up but Jon stood his ground. He felt the gorilla brush past him and was profoundly relieved that he had been spared. Immediately afterward he remembers a thump on his back that “felt like a car”. To find out what happened next check out the latest episode of MIPtalk.
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