The fourth series of British TV survival expert Bear Grylls’ Running Wild kicked off with actor, writer and director Joseph Gordon Levitt testing his endurance with a two-day trek through the rugged desert of Kenya’s northern plains.
Levitt has been a prolific actor from his youth and claimed fame when he starred in the popular television series 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001).
He has then gone to star in many movies as protagonists in 500 Days of Summer (2009), Inception (2010), Looper (2012), playing Bake in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Don Jon (2013), Snowden (2016) and even a cameo in the final cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
Levitt’s previous outdoor experience was limited to camping as a child and the pair arrived at their destination by exiting a helicopter into water, which they quickly leave before attracting the attention of any crocodiles who may have been nearby.
From there, they head east on their 30 mile trek through rocky terrain and gorges of the African Savannah, foraging for food and appropriate shelter to protect them from animals.
After attempting to milk Dromedaries, which sees the actor almost receive a painful kick for his trouble, they collect some elephant dung for fire fuel. Levitt comments that he is grateful the excrement is being used for fire and not food or drink.
Following a close encounter with a feasting crocodile, the adventurers build a shelter to protect them from the lions and leopards which roam the area along with other predators which come out at night.
Bear also suggests making a perimeter like fence such as a Samburu ‘bomer’, which is filled with sharp thorns and branches to keep threats at bay.
The second day sees the pair make their morning tea with a resurrection bush, before heading to the extraction point which is up a dome formed by volcanic activities millions of years ago.
Running Wild is currently showing on the Discovery Channel in the UK.