On Running Wild With Bear Grylls on NBC tonight, Bear Grylls will be taking comedian Tom Arnold with him into the mountainous wilds of Oregon on the trip of a lifetime. Tom has had problems with his struggles in the past to lose weight. Now, he is 100 pounds lighter and he wants to take his quest for action and adventure one step furhter, by going on a two-day adventure with Bear Grylls.
Running Wild with Bear Grylls begins with Bear saying “He survived Hollywood. Can he survive the wilds?” Tom says that Bear told him to “wait for him by the ‘Whale Watching Tower.’ Whatever that is. I’m physically fit for an actor, but for a real person? No. If you had a map, I couldn’t tell you where we were.’
Bear’s helicopter lands and Tom climbs down the steps and shakes hands with Bear, then they both board the helicopter.
“You’re gonna love it,” Bear assure him. “You’re going to have a great adventure.” They do not board the helicopter; they hang on to the sides of it, with their feet resting on the runners or “skids,” as Grylls did with Ben Stiller. The helicopter drops them off.
“Oh, my God! I can’t believe that just happened!” Tom said. He then asks Bear if there are any paths they will use.
Bear tells him that they have about 10 miles ahead of them. “We’re not going to find many paths,” Bear tells him. “We’ll have to make our own paths.”
“You’ve lost a ton of weight,” Bear adds.
“Yeah, I lost 100 pounds,” Tom says.
“Did you do this sort of thing when you were a kid?” Bear asks.
“I was outside some but the land was flat. Then, when I got a car…” Tom says.
“It would be awesome just seeing Bear do it,” Tom tells the camera. He keeps saying maybe Bear will wink at the camera, as if it is a joke, maybe; but, Bear does not do that. He does like to kid around some, but he wants the people he takes out with him into the wilds to do as he asks them to do, because the situations are potential survival ones.
Tom wonders how far down they will have to go to get down a cliff. “That’s the fun part,” Grylls says. He honestly does not know if he will have enough rope to make it to the bottom. “That is more than 120 feet down,” Tom says, as he starts to ease his way down the cliff side.
“Nice and calm. Breath in, breath out,” Bear says. He adds “I’m not entirely sure my rope will reach the bottom of this.”
“It’s not an adventure unless you have a few scars,” Bears tells him. “Total confidence, total faith.” They make it to the bottom.
“Is that your first time to rappel?” Grylls asks him.
“Oh, yeah,” Tom says. He thinks that the “tough part” is over. He tells Bear that he’s “deathly allergic” to poison ivy. Hopefully, that is one danger that they will not encounter.
Bear notices scratch marks on the trees and says that bears left them. Then, he picks up bear poop. “That’s poop,” Tom says.
Bear asks him “How many times have you been married?”
“It’s my fourth time. We’ve been married for seven years. I’ve always wanted to have a child and see made it happen. Now, it’s like it’s not always about me.”
“Just think about how many calories you’re burning, Tom,” Grylls says.
“I’m thinking about it with every step.”
Tom stumbles and falls and Bear suggests that they both slide down an area of a less steep cliff on the seat of their pants. “I’ve loved mud slides since I was a little kid,” Bear tells Tom. Tom seems to be less enthusiastic, but it is one way to get down this particular hill or mountainside.
Back from a commercial break. Tom says “There’s a lot of things that can go wrong, but Bear is like ‘Seize the day, Tom! C’mon!'”
“He’s got two key ingredients for surviving in the wilds,” Bear says about Tom Arnold. “One is enthusiasm, the other is faith.”
They come across a stream with a trout in it and they try to catch the fish. Bear has seen the trout, though Tom has not. “I believe in you, Bear,” Tom tells him, though he is not really sure that Grylls has actually seen a fish.
“I can feel it,” Bear says. “I’ve got it pinned up against a rock.”
Bear grabs the trout and hands it to Tom. “Oh, my gosh! You did it! I thought you were kidding!”
Bear asks “Have you ever had the eyeball of a fish?”
Tom says “No,” but he says he is willing to try one. Bear hands him one and Tom eats it.
Next, they come to a river they need to cross and they see a wire that is along a log. “Thing is, we’re not gonna use the wire,” Bear says. “For safety, we’re going to clip onto it, but we won’t depend on it. We’re just going to use the log. I’m gonna go first and let’s hope that the log is not rotten halfway through. It’s solid; it’s gonna hold,” Grylls tells Tom.
“I’ve fallen about 87 times so far. If I fall here, it’s gonna be bad news,” Tom says. He starts his way across the log and he looks as if he is about to lose his balance when he is about halfway across. Then, Running Wild With Bear Grylls goes to another commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, Bear tells Tom “Nice and steady. “Thing is, walking acros the log is a mental battle. It’s tough when it’s 50 feet up.”
Tom manages to recover from his potential fall. “That was tricky,” he says when he gets to the other side. “That was the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
They have gone about 6 miles. Now, they have to find shelter. “Is it like making a fort?” tom asks.
“Yeah, but as protection from the bears.” Grylls says.
“I’ve got a sleeping bag for you,” Bear tells him.
“Alright! You’re looking out for me!” Tom says, excitedly, high-fiving Grylls.
Bear shows Tom how to use a firestarter to start a fire. Then, when they have a fire going, they make stew out of what is left of the fish, the head, tail and bones.
“It’s pretty terrible,” Bear says.
“It’s good,” Tom tells him. He is serious about it.
“You’ve had some tough times,” Bear says.
“My mom was an alcoholic and it carries over in the genes. I liked to get drunk, then when I tried cocaine, I really liked that. Having a family is crazy and bigger than any movie. But, having a son is like waking up and getting an Oscar every day.”
“You’ve burned a crazy number of calories,” Bear says just as they are about to call it a night. Bear gives him a piece of dark chocolate.
Later, by flashlight, Tom says he knows where Bear has the chocolate. He gets it and eats it. “I have to eat it so the bears won’t get us,” he says. “Um, it’s so good.”
After more commercials, Running With Bear Grylls returns. In the morning, Bear makes some mint tea for them both. “Now, that,” Bear says, “I don’t think is bad at all.”
“I don’t think I’m ready for today at all,” Tom says to the camera. Then, he says “I’m ready. I trust Bear wherever he goes.”
Grylls tries to show him how to read a compass he has. They head towards a river. “What I don’t want is for us to have soaking wet clothes,” Grylls says. “What we’ll do is trip down.” He tells Tom that a river can be more powerful than it looks and that just a foot of water can sweep away a car. Bear uses a long stick and they both slowly shuffle their way acorss the river. “Lean into the flow, lean into the flow,” Bear says.
“The water was so shockingly cold,” Tom says “I was afraid of drowning but more afraid of losing my underwaer.”
Tom said “I highly recommend being in the wild and exercising,” Tom says.
“Because he has done it, he feels like King of the World,” Grylls says. “I love that about him.”
They make it to the Oregon coastline. “I’ve got a little surprise for you,” Grylls says.
“I couldn’t have done it without you,” Tom tells him.
The “one more surprise,” that Grylls has for Tom is that he needs to rappel down another cliff side to get to where the actual coastline is where they will both be picked up. Running With Bear Grylls goes to another break as Tom is beginning to descend.
Grylls anchors the rope, saying he knows that it “looks precarious.”
Tom says “It looks precarious because it is precarious,” adding “I don’t know if I can save him if things go sideways.”
Bear tells him “Lean back, Tom. right to the edge. We’re gonna step down the wall. Spread your feet nice and wide.”
“Oh, my God,” Tom says as he descends. “Oh, my God. Oh, my God,” he says and he falls a little bit, but recovers and continues rappelling down.
“Tom Arnold, action hero,” Bear says. When Arnold makes it all the way to the bottom, Grylls says “Tom Arnold, superhero.”
Then, Bear Grylls yells down that he is going to need Tom to help him. “You have to be really solid so I can use your weight as I rappel down.”
When Grylls asks for his help, Tom tells the camera “That’s the first time I felt that I was useful and part of the team.” He says “It’s kind of amazing. I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”
“I expected someone who was funny, who was Hollywood. The person I spent the last two days with is different. He’s kind, he’s honest. In my eyes, he’s a survivor,” Bear Grylls says.
Tom Arnold is definitely a “survivor” to have managed to survive four marriages, his problems with his weight, his addictions and the very lifestyle of Hollywood. He might not have looked like Zac Efron or Channing Tatum, but he has been working out and dieting and he is looking pretty good because of all of the hard work he has put into it.
On Running Wild With Bear Grylls, Bear Grylls took Tom out of his comfort zone during the two days they spent in the mountainous wilds of Oregon. Though Tom Arnold was not, at all, used to doing the sorts of survival things that Bear Grylls asked him to do, he put his faith and trust in Grylls and just went with the flow. As a result, though Tom had moments when he felt worried or afraid to put his trust in what Grylls said, he also looked as if he was having a lot of fun. He seems like an all-around nice guy.
Written By Douglas Cobb