Hollywood: King of the Beasties

It was the kind of tedious scene that would strain the nerves of the most seasoned actors. But Ben, star of the forthcoming CBS-TV series, Gentle Ben, fended off the attack of a Bengal tiger with almost playful aplomb, breezed through the retakes without missing a cue. Congratulated by Producer George Sherman, Ben merely grunted and slurped down a can of sardines—just as any 7ft.-long, 650-lb. black bear would do after a hard day on the set. Says Sherman: "You look at the script and say 'a bear can't do those things....

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