A new photo is out from the giant prehistoric shark film “The Meg” with the shot showing off the 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon lurking under a mass of unsuspecting swimmers.
Talking with EW who released the photo, the film’s star Jason Statham spoke about how swimming with actual bull sharks in Fiji prior to shooting helped him prepare for the role. Statham, who plays a diver tasked with rescuing the crew of a deep-sea submersible after it has been attacked by the terrifying creature, says:
“They hand-feed them and it’s a spectacular thing to see. These things are three meters in length, huge big things. There were 20 or 30 of these things, and they were hand-feeding [them] big tuna heads, and we got very, very close, and it was a spectacular moment. To swim in close proximity to a big, three-meter shark, is to be recommended to all and everyone.
You get anxiety when you’re on the boat. But once you get in the ocean, things take a very different turn. You get very relaxed, and when you’re in their environment, it’s quite a tranquil sort of thing, the anxiety goes away completely. It’s remarkable to experience. All of the fear — or the perceived fear — is done in your own head before you get down there with them.
Once you’re swimming down there with all the other divers, it’s phenomenal. It’s one of the greatest experiences you could have, for me anyway. I’m a big SCUBA diver fanatic. Wherever I am in the world, if I get a chance to get in the ocean, I do.”
“The Meg” is due out in cinemas on August 10th.