Sea mammals created chaos on 'First Dates'

Feb. 17, 2004 at 12:49 PM
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LOS A NGELES, Calif., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The marine mammals starring in this week's No. 1 U.S. film, "50 First Dates," instilled injuries and fear in some cast and crew members.

The actors and crew from "50 First Dates" got up close and personal with sea animals. The story involved Adam Sandler's job as a marine biologist, with some from the film getting closer than they wanted, reported Tuesday.

Actor Rob Schneider was put out of action when an exuberant dolphin named Kahlua smacked the actor in the back of his ankle with a hard, muscular fin.

Director Peter Segal was intimidated by a walrus named Sivuqoc who played Jocko in the film.

"(Sivuqoc is) 4,000 pounds right now and he's only half the size of what he's going to be," Segal said. "They don't do lots of tricks ... basically they're taught not to crush a human."

Walruses greet new people by whiskering them -- a close proximity, rigorous, full-body sniff.

"You're not supposed to back up (or else) it shows that you're afraid," Segal said. "I kind of was reminded of that moment in "Jurassic Park" where the T-Rex is almost going to eat those people as they were hiding under the car."

Indeed, the T-Rex roar used in "Jurassic Park" was taken from a walrus groan.

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