Cocaine Bear is the title of a movie that few think is real, but the trailer came out recently, and people are excited about it.
The film reinvents and exaggerates a bizarre tale of a bear in the mid-1980s in the United States who ate 70 pounds of cocaine.
The dark comedy thriller is set in Kentucky.
Elizabeth Banks directs the film.
Cocaine Bear has many big names in the entertainment industry, including the late great Ray Liotta before his untimely death in May.
The film is Liotta’s last project.
The cast consists of the following:
- Keri Russell
- Margo Martindale
- Alden Ehrenreich
- O’Shea Jackson Jr.
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson
- Kristofer Hivju
- Kahyun Kim
- Christian Convery
- Brooklyn Prince
The over-the-top premise of Cocaine Bear sounds like something out of a 1970s or 1980s B-horror movie.
The official summary reads as follows:
“Inspired by the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it, this wild dark comedy finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500-pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a fuelled rampage for more blow … and blood.”
What really happened
In 1986, investigators stumbled upon the real cocaine bear that inspired the film.
He was said to have been lying next to a bag full of over 70 lb of cocaine.
The bag was thrown by drug dealer Andrew Thornton, who threw it from an airplane.
However, when the contraband (worth about $15 million) was discovered, investigators only found 40 empty packages lying around the bear.
Subsequently, a coroner examined the bear and said:
“Its stomach was literally packed to the brim with cocaine. There isn’t a mammal on the planet that could survive that.”
The bear’s supplier
The accidental supplier Andrew Thornton was a former lawyer and narcotics cop.
He was on his way to smuggle cocaine out of Colombia to deliver packages in northern Georgia.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations said Thornton died after jumping from the plane, hitting his head against the tail, and failing to deploy his parachute.
The bear supplier was also found in an alley in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He wore night vision goggles, a bulletproof vest and completed his outfit with a pair of Gucci loafers.
Additionally, Thornton carried $4,500 in cash, guns, knives and keys for a plane.
Police then found nine bags of cocaine.
However, the tenth duffel bag was found with the actual “Cocaine Bear” in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
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The original Cocaine Bear was later nicknamed “Pablo Eskobear.”
However, it is now stuffed for display and can be found at the Kentucky For Kentucky Store in Lexington.
Finally, Cocaine Bear will hit theaters on February 24, 2023.