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Will Smith’s Welcome to Earth: Polar explorer reveals terrifying moment boat capsized during actor’s Arctic expedition

Kayaking down a frozen river in Iceland is an intimidating task under any circumstances – especially if you’d seen a boat capsize right before your eyes just moments before.

That’s the situation Will Smith and polar explorer Dwayne Fields found themselves in while filming Welcome To Earth, the new Disney+ original series from National Geographic.

Dwayne acted as guide for the actor during an expedition to the Arctic Circle, with Will looking to experience some of the harshest environments on the planet for the new programme.

The explorer, who is the first Black Briton to have ever reached the magnetic North Pole, took Will traversing down into an ice cavern before heading out onto the water together – but things didn’t go quite as smoothly as he’d have liked.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Dwayne revealed that both he and Will watched a boat manned by the show’s safety crew flip over, just moment before they were set to set sail in a two-man craft.

‘I remember being stood on the banks of the Basalt Canyon, and we’re looking downstream,’ he told us. ‘The safety crew are in the water, just downstream ahead of us and we hadn’t gone into the water yet.

Will took to the water for the new Disney series (Picture: Disney Plus)
Dwayne headed to Norway on an expedition with Will (Picture: Disney Plus)

‘I remember looking downstream with Will. We’re looking downstream and one of the boats flips as soon as it hits the water.’

Dwayne reveals how he had to keep it together, with Will looking to him for reassurance before setting off together on the kayak – and the actor’s immediate reaction was one of fear.

‘I’ve been in water before. I’m not going to say that I’m used to it, but I’m more accustomed to it than Will is,’ the explorer added. ‘He sees all the guys that are responsible for our immediate safety in the water. As he turns to look at me, I look away because I don’t want him to think that’s something that’s unusual, or out of the ordinary.’

Thankfully, Will wasn’t put off, and he managed to summon the courage to head into the river and face his fears.

The pair headed into the rough water together (Picture: Disney Plus)
Will conquered his fears while filming the series (Picture: Disney Plus)

Recalling the moment, Dwayne says: ‘[Will] looks straight ahead and it’s almost as if he just goes, “This is something I’m going to do.” When you watch him on TV, and when you watch him in his music videos, or in his movies, you’ll never get to see moments like that.’

As well as kayaking in ice cold water, Will got to experience a host of once-in-a-lifetime experiences during the six-part series, which is produced by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.

Another episode also sees him take a mind-expanding journey with marine biologist Diva Amon, descending the depth of the Caribbean ocean in a deep sea submarine.

Will is open about his fear of the ocean in the episode – and Diva was worried that his nerves would get the better of him during filming.

Diva headed to the bottom of the ocean with the Hollywood icon (Picture: Disney Plus)
Will spent eight hours submerged for the journey to the sea bed (Picture: Disney Plus)

‘It’s so funny because we met the day before and he was exactly what you see on TV – a charismatic, funny, larger than life person,’ she explained, before saying he ‘switched’ as soon as he got in the submarine.

‘You could see that he was very, very fearful, very quiet, very reserved. You had to try to get something out of him. It was a little overwhelming for him at times… There were definitely moments where I wondered how entertaining the show was gonna be!’

The pair spent eight hours together in the craft, and Diva really formed a connection with Will.

‘It just reminded you that this is a real person,’ she said. ‘That sounds really silly, but it reminds you that, “Hey, this is a real person who has real fears, real emotions, real experiences.”’

Welcome to Earth is available to stream on Disney+

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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