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Ben Stiller scales a wet rockface in 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls'

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In Bear Grylls’ newest reality show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the outdoors expert takes celebrities on 48-hour adventures to test their survival skills, get to know them, and hopefully teach them a thing or two. And after Zac Efron passed the test as Grylls’ first partner in survival on Monday’s premiere, Ben Stiller is next on the hit list.

We’ve got an exclusive clip from episode 2, in which Grylls and Stiller find themselves situated thousands of feet in the air, trusting their lives to one tiny rock.


Running Wild with Bear Grylls airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Boyish enthusiasm shines in 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls' premiere

Bear Grylls knows what it takes to survive in the wild. He’s proven that. But can he teach celebrities how to do the same? That’s the fun of Grylls’ newest series, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, in which Grylls takes celebrities into the wild for 48-hour adventures, where they’ll jump out of helicopters, eat worms, and, if they’re Zac Efron, rappel down a waterfall.

In the premiere of Running Wild, Bear picked up Zac Efron for a two-day journey through the Catskills that could not have been more adorable if they had tried. Zac, a lifelong fan of Bear and his shows, brought with him, as Bear put it, a “boyish enthusiasm” that only reminded Bear of why he does what he does. Within minutes of the two talking about camping, nature, and the like, the men had turned into boys, and the rest was downright delightful.

The adventure started with a quick jump out of a helicopter before the men began their 40-mile journey through the mountains, during which Zac admitted that the reason he wanted to do the show—and the reason it was so fun to watch—was really just because he wanted to hang out with Bear. (Don’t we all?)

If only Zac realized that he’d literally be hanging out with bear. After a quick rappel over some slippery rocks, Zac and Bear stopped to eat a few dietary supplements—jerky and nuts—which gave viewers the first real bonding session of the trip. Zac told Bear how he got into show business and what he loves about his work. In return, we learned a fun fact about Bear: He can’t dance.

From there, Bear pushed Zac to his limit when he asked him to retrieve a dead groundhog carcass to see if it was good enough to eat. Spoiler: It was not, and Zac nearly vomited at least five times. But he did it anyway, and Bear loved Zac’s attitude. The two were fast friends, digging their hands in the mud and smelling the insides of dead animals with smiles on their faces. Before we knew it, they were sharing worms (like they were spaghetti and this was Lady and the Tramp), finding camp, eating worm omelets, and talking about Zac’s stint in rehab.

In a refreshing scene, Zac really opened up to Bear about the struggles of Hollywood, and somehow, Bear was not only the great survivalist, but he’d become a great interviewer/psychologist without even trying. Basically, there’s nothing this man can’t do. Also, nature is good for the soul. (Or maybe it was the worms?) By nighttime, the two were joking around about mixing up pee bottles and water bottles, snuggling, and even giving goodnight kisses (on the forehead).

[Insert pitch for a Bear and Zac spinoff.]

Day two consisted of some fern tea, a highly dangerous rope crawl between two cliffs, and a 150-ft. shirtless rappel to the water below. As Zac put it, the greatest trip of his life was like “camping gone crazy,” and for viewers, it was the perfect mix of compelling entertainment, sheer excitement, genuine bonding, Zac’s abs, and Bear’s accent.

If this is what we’re in for with Running Wild, we’ll go crazy camping every week.

Video: Zac Efron goes shirtless in 'Running Wild' clip because, of course

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By now, we’re all well-aware that Zac Efron has a penchant for taking his shirt off—he’s gone shirtless in a Nicholas Sparks romance, in a Seth Rogen comedy, even in Disney Channel Original Movies. But now he’s taking it off for… a show with Bear Grylls?

Famous survivalist Bear Grylls lured in some famous friends, including Ben Stiller and Channing Tatum, to go on remote adventures with him for new NBC reality show Running Wild. For Zac Efron’s episode, the two ventured into the Catskill Mountains of New York to repel down cliffs and jump out of helicopters—shirtless, of course.

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Bear Grylls takes celebrities into the wild in new NBC reality show

Survival specialist Bear Grylls is basically a living, breathing, accented guide to how to stay alive in the most extreme situations. And now, he’s going to share that knowledge with people you might recognize.

NBC has ordered six episodes of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, a new hour-long series in which Grylls will take celebrities into “remote and wild locations in the U.S. and around the world” for 48 hours. So far, the celebs lined up to have their own stand-alone episodes include Zac Efron, Ben Stiller, Channing Tatum, Deion Sanders, Tom Arnold, and The Today Show‘s Tamron Hall. READ FULL STORY

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