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Cocaine Bear: the true story of the cocaine-drunk bear that inspired the movie


  • The trailer for ‘Cocaine Bear’, the latest film by Ray Liotta, is released, with great impact on social networks


  • A horror comedy about a bear who ingests a large amount of drugs and always panic in a Kentucky town


  • We remember the unusual event that occurred in 1985 that inspired the plot

Universal launched yesterday the trailer for one of the most anticipated movies of 2023. Cocaine Bear (vicious bear in Spain) tells the story of a black bear who, “after accidentally ingesting a bag full of cocaine, goes on a bloody killing spree in a small Kentucky town where a group of locals and tourists must join forces in the hope of surviving the massacre”.

Directed and produced by Elizabeth Banks (Charlie’s Angels and More Perfect Notes), and written by Jimmy Warden, is about the last movie he did Ray Liotta, deceased May 2022, within a choral cast which includes other actors like Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Christian Convery, Alden Ehrenreich, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Brooklynn Prince, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Kristofer Hivju, Hannah Hoekstra, Margo Martindale and Matthew Rhys.

“I am the bear that ate cocaine, this is my story”says the trailer for this survival horror comedy film what is causing furor in social networks. In Spain it will be released in Apriltwo months after the US.

The sad event of 1985 that inspired the film

What is most striking, since its production was announced, is that behind its surreal premise -a bear gone haywire from a cocaine overdose-, there is a sad true story.

vicious bear is inspired by the dramatic and unusual event that occurred in December 1985 in the United States. Andrew Carter Thornton II, a narcotics officer who had become the head of a drug smuggling operation, He crashed his plane in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in north Georgia. The man tried to save himself by jumping with a parachute, but it did not open correctly, so he died on impact.

Among his belongings were 40 plastic bags with cocaine (35 kilograms), valued at 15 million dollars. A local black bear found them, ate them and died of an overdose. His body was later found next to the shipment.

The bear population in the Pyrenees reached 70 in 2021, 38 in Catalonia

The bear population in the Pyrenees reached 70 in 2021, 38 in CataloniaPixabay

As reported Guardiana medical examiner from the Georgia Office of Investigation conducted the animal autopsy and indicated that the cause of death was: “cerebral hemorrhage, respiratory failure, hyperthermia, renal failure, heart failure, and cerebrovascular accident.”

He added that The bear’s stomach was “literally chock full of cocaine” and there was no way “one mammal on the planet that could survive that.”

“Pablo Escobear”, turned into a tourist attraction

The news had a lot of impact in the local presswho nicknamed the bear as “Pablo Escobar” in a pun on the name of the famous Colombian drug trafficker.

The real bear from Cocaine Bear

The real bear from Cocaine BearKYforKY

The bear’s body was stuffed and taken to the Kentucky Fun Mall curio shop in north Lexington, where it is displayed as a tourist attraction in the city, as can be seen in YouTube videos uploaded by your visitors:

A unusual and sad story in which the producers of Cocaine Bear have been inspired to make a crazy and funny comedy with which they hope to burst the box office next year.

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