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See The Badass Polar Bear Riding On The London Tube

BY TEAM JST

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Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

Hollywood has done some pretty crazy PR stunts to promote a movie. But this time, by bringing creatures from the Arctic to a massive metropolitan, Fortitude has definitely gotten our attention.

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The British drama, Fortitude commissioned by Sky Atlantic, is set to air on January 29, 2015. Starring Christopher Eccleston, Stanley Tucci, Sienna Guillory and Michael Gambon, the series is set in Svalbard, in the Arctic Circle, filmed in both the UK and Iceland.

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Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

To promote the series premier, a replica of a polar bear was created in 6 weeks, by 19 Hollywood prop experts, 60 types of materials and 90 square sheets of fur. The bear ended up being 8 feet tall, operated by 2 puppeteers: Tom Wilton and Derek Arnold, both worked on the play War Horse on the West End.

Wilton and Arnold spent five days studying and practicing movements of polar bears and how to emulate them inside the semi-animatronic bear costume. Wilton was at the front of the bear with a pin-hole camera so he could observe where he was heading, while Arnold was in the back.

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Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

Director of Sky Atlantic, Zai Bennett, said in a statement:

In Fortitude, there are 3000 polar bears to 713 residents. Polar bears are the most dangerous animal on land and present an ever present threat to Fortitude’s inhabitants. To launch our new Arctic-noir thriller we wanted to bring a realistic polar bear to the streets of London to give people an up close experience of what it must be like to come face to face with one of the biggest, but uncredited stars of our new show.

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Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

Source: London 24. Additional reporting by Jetset Times.

What do you think of the polar bear in London tube? Let us know in the comments.

 

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