So I wrote this movie about a polar bear cub…

November 7th, 2012 by

And here she is:


ABBOTSFORD, CANADA: Grizzly man Mark Dumas, 60, is the only man in the world who can touch a polar bear. And as these incredible pictures show the fearless bear handler from Abbotsford, British Columbia, even goes for dip in his swimming pool where he and 16-year-old polar bear Agee enjoy a watery cuddle together. Mark and wife Dawn, 60, train the 60-stone (800lb) friendly beast – the world’s largest land predator – to star in high-budget TV adverts. She has even performed in movies like ‘Alaska’ in 1995 when she was just a few weeks old. With his incredibly intimate bond Mark wrestles on the grass with Agee, kisses her, puts his head in her huge jaws, and even bear hugs her as she rears up on her hind legs to over seven feet. Mark and Dawn have owned Agee since she was six weeks old and the colossal mammal even lived in their home as a cub where she played with the family dogs and was bottle fed.

I can vouch for all of this. During pre-production on the movie I wrote Alaska, I visited Mark’s compound. I met Agee [she licked my face]. One of the most memorable moments was when Mark’s kids came home on the school bus, the family dogs went sprinting across the yard to meet them. And there went Agee, trundling behind the dogs.

Imagine being one of those kids… greeted every afternoon by a polar bear cub!

Here’s the larger point: As a screenwriter, you can sit in a room, pound out a story, and those story elements can actually end up coming into existence. And that can include finding an orphaned polar bear cub in Sweden that ends up living the good life in a family compound in Alaska.

The power of words!

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