Richard Kiel, who gained fame as the villainous, steel-toothed James Bond foe Jaws, says his latest co-star, a huge bear, enjoyed doing a scene in which the 7-foot-2 actor whacked him with a log. Kiel, who plays a giant in a yet unreleased film, "The Giant of Thunder Mountain," appears for the first time with a co-star who is bigger than him - Bart, a superstar bear. The animal, who was a hit in "The Bear," is nearly 10 feet tall and weighs 2,000 pounds. "In a fight scene, I was scripted to hit him with a log," Kiel said during a visit this week to Norfolk, Va., one of several cities where "Thunder Mountain" is being test marketed. "He loved that. He thought it was real fun." Kiel co-wrote and co-produced the movie, in which he plays a misunderstood hermit living in the West near the turn of the century. He hopes it will dispel the image of big people as oafs or villains.
FAMED VILLAIN GRINS AND BEARS IT
By Deseret News