Bear Grylls was our cover man for the April 2012 issue and bared all for us! Before you get excited, we don’t mean in the naughty sense, Mayhem! hasn’t quite covered that ground yet! If you want to read the full interview the back issue is now online click here to read it now.
Bear Grylls, Survival hero, is a man who goes out of his way to put himself in deadly and terrifying situations. Little wonder Bear Grylls gives his wife Shara ‘minimal information’ when he returns home from his TV adventures. The host of ‘Man Vs Wild’ and ‘Born Survivor’ often finds himself face-to-face with big snakes, crocodiles and sharks plus tackles free climbs and huge rapids on his programmes.
Bear Grylls also says he is looking forward to filming new episodes of ‘Bear’s Wild Weekends’ and has hand-picked the celebs who will be joining him on his next survival adventures….
BEAR GRYLLS INTERVIEW: YOU EAT SOME PRETTY GROSS THINGS ON YOUR ADVENTURES, LIKE BIRDS THAT HAVE BEEN DEAD FOR A FEW DAYS! WHAT’S THAT ALL ABOUT?
Survival isn’t going to be pretty and the show is trying to show you what you can do to stay alive if you’re really up against it –and I love that. I love being imaginative and having to be resourceful and think of cool ways of using things to get stuff down this cliff face or across this river and I love that part of the challenge. I always have. But it’s been demanding. We’ve done seven seasons of the show now in America and it’s taken us to the worst extremes but it’s pushed me to all kinds of limits. And I look back now through a lot of narrow escapes and think, ‘Blimey, you’ve been lucky a few times.’
BEAR GRYLLS INTERVIEW: ARE THERE MOMENTS WHEN YOU GET NERVOUS OR DOESN’T IT AFFECT YOU AT ALL?
No, I do definitely feel nervous and I think you’re not human if you don’t feel scared sometimes, you know, we’re dealing with big snakes and big crocodiles and sharks and free climbs and big rapids, you know, all the time. But fear is OK, fear is an emotion that is there to sharpen you and that’s how I look at it and that’s helped me through those times a lot.
BEAR GRYLLS INTERVIEW: DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR THREE BOYS AND YOUR WIFE AND THINK, ‘MAYBE I SHOULD STOP PUTTING MYSELF IN THESE SITUATIONS’?
I do and it’s a struggle in my life in the sense that I have a job that has an element of danger to it, but at the same time, I’m a dad. And I think it’s about trying to trust your instincts a lot and trying always to get those decisions right. I say to the crew, ‘You only get it wrong once.’ You’ve got to get it right every time. And that’s really at the heart of what we do and why we’re still doing the shows. When we’re out there, there is no ego, if there’s any doubt we’ll stop, if there’s no doubt, we’ll reassess. There’s always another way down stuff. And we need to look after each other as a crew and I thrive off that dynamic. I love that kind of way we work together in difficult places.
BEAR GRYLLS INTERVIEW: IS YOUR WIFE UNDERSTANDING OR DOES SHE SOMETIMES GO ‘BEAR PLEASE CAN YOU JUST NOT DO THAT ONE?’
Well, I work on minimal information. She doesn’t watch a lot of it. She cares about me getting home in one piece when I tend to get back she goes, ‘How was it?’ And I’m like, ‘it was hot’ or ‘cold’ and then you’re back into life and we’ve got three young boys and it’s kind of busy. And I like that, I like that separation between my work life, where I get very focussed, very driven to get out of there in one piece. And then back home and, you know, she doesn’t want to know about the details about being bitten by some horrible snake, she’s just interested in, you know, being a nice dad and being back as a family.
BEAR GRYLLS INTERVIEW: THE BOYS MUST BE INTERESTED BECAUSE THIS IS A DREAM, TO KNOW THAT THEIR DAD IS GOING OFF ON THESE ADVENTURES?
They do love it. The thing is, all kids love adventure and the show has been a great way to encourage young people to have their own adventures. It’s all about encouraging kids to get out there, and we’re doing a tour of stage shows as well at the moment. And for me again, it’s the same deal. It’s about encouraging people to be able to follow their dreams. These are the things that helped me, these are skills and attitudes that have helped me and
I hope it can help you in some way – and that’s kind of the ethos of all of these different mediums that we try and put out there.
BEAR GRYLLS INTERVIEW: WHAT ABOUT WHEN YOUR THREE BOYS START ASKING YOU TO TAKE THEM WITH YOU?
Erm, well, it’s funny because Channel 4 and Discovery asked us to do a show where I took the boys on an adventure and it’s a difficult one because I don’t really want to put them out in that public space but at the same time, they’d love it. It was difficult but we said no in the end. We thought, ‘Do you know what? We don’t need to do this.’ The kids were mad because they all wanted to do it. But I thought, You’re too young to know what you’re saying.’
BEAR GRYLLS INTERVIEW: NOT YET BUT LATER MAYBE?
They can do it when they’re 18 on their own, it’s a difficult one. Luckily my wife Shara is very grounded. She was very clear, the answer is no. So that always makes it easier. The long-haired colonel!
BEAR GRYLLS INTERVIEW: WE READ THAT YOU’D SAID RATHER THAN BEING 120% RECKLESS, YOU’VE SCALED IT DOWN NOW AND ARE ABOUT 90% RECKLESS?
Yes, I’m trying to edge it back to 70%.
BEAR GRYLLS INTERVIEW: SHARA WOULD BE HAPPY WITH THAT?
Yes, that’s our combined goal.
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Written by Sam Cottee/Hotfeatures