Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Hollywood hero in “brush with death

A close call for a Hollywood A-lister over the weekend who “escaped” from a “deadly jellyfish”.

Muscled movie star Matthew McConaughey was filming his latest movie Fool’s Gold, a rollercoaster action flick about a heroic treasure hunter, when he was seemingly in mortal danger from “one of the most deadly creatures alive”.

This was, of course, Hollywood-speak for “was in no way in any peril whatsoever but this might add a frisson of exciting free publicity to our project so let’s go with it...”

Allegedly, the terrifying and deadly Irukandji jellyfish, which is the size of a peanut, was found somewhere on set and everyone was evacuated until the “venomous creature was disposed of”, or more accurately, “trod on”.

The symptoms of the Irukandji sting are nausea, sweating, restlessness and high blood pressure coincidentally what you get after paying £12 for a cinema ticket to a McConaughey movie.

Naturally, our best wishes go to co-star Kate Hudson who now has to contend with two pricks on set.

And why not visit The Darwin Awards for a story on how a real man deals with an Irukandji jellyfish.


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