‘Shark Week’ Host Eli Roth on Why He Does not Fear the Great Whites
Eli Roth, host of “Shark Week,” felt no fear when facing a seven-foot shark, while filming. Read for more interesting details.
Discovery Channel announced on June 2 that Eli Roth, the horror filmmaker, would host this year’s “Shark Week” late-night talk show “Shark After Dark,” reported DEADLINE.
According to VF HOLLYWOOD, the horror director Eli Roth “felt no fear when face-to-face with a seven-foot shark,” while filming Discovery’s first ever late-night live talk show “Shark After Dark.” Eli said that he “felt like a kid going to Disney World for the first time,” and like a “Game of Thrones” character, when the filming for the show was going on.
During his first encounter with sharks in the show, they kept a safe distance from him. With the help of his telepathic abilities and without making too many quick splashing movements, he was able to let them know that he is their friend, and was able to make them circle and swim towards him.
He learnt that the sharks attack and eat only sick or dying fish. He also learnt that the sharks can go into a trance-like state when tickled on their nose, where their nerve endings are all concentrated. When in the trance-like state, he can hold the shark for a while, and even kiss them.
“I have to say, she was a gentle kisser, much smoother than I imagined, “ he said about the shark Lucy, who was rescued by the dive masters Pia and Charlie when she came towards them with scars on her gills and rope choking her neck.
Eli Roth also added that the friendly Lucy followed them for the rest of the dive. He was on the deck of a wrecked ship, 60 feet underwater, with a spear, hand feeding the sharks. He could find that the sharks swam over his head and gently taking the food, with no interest in attacking or eating him.
He added that sharks are beautiful, graceful, elegant and friendly creatures with emotional intelligence, personalities and moods. They are curious & playful, and are very much like dogs.
Though Eli Roth completed all the promos in the water with chain mail below the neck, the horror filmmaker was very comfortable and excited with his experience with the sharks. “Shark Week” has started on the Discovery Channel from Sunday, July 5.
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