Dominic Monaghan, ‘Wild Things’ Season 2 Host: I Don’t Have A Death Wish
Dominic Monaghan wants people to stop worrying about him.
He’s certainly not in any danger of running out of interesting places to visit or animals to see for his OLN show “Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan.” Because even after two seasons, the actor-turned-nature-show-host’s travel wish list is constantly growing. Monaghan doesn’t have a death wish either, for anyone concerned he might get himself hurt — or worse — by wrangling the show’s various dangerous critters or putting himself in the firing range of deadly spitting cobras (like Monaghan does in the “Wild Things” Season 2 premiere).
Still, while listening to fans’ travel recommendations, Monaghan is continually having to reassure them that he’s not “mental.” He just wants to keep taking the show to more interesting, exciting places, while continuing to satisfy his lifelong curiosity with the natural world around him.
So, with Season 2 of “Wild Things” premiering on OLN on March 25, HuffPost TV Canada sat down with Monaghan to talk about all the amazing places and animals he’s seen so far, getting to return to the Shire with a “Lord of the Rings” co-star this season, and what’s still left on his seemingly never-ending bucket list.
To read the full interview: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/24/dominic-monaghan-wild-things-season-2-interview
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Season 2 of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan: Even Wilder Than Before
Dominic Monaghan can’t be tamed in his newest season of “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan”premiering tomorrow night at 10PM on BBC America. The 37-year-old, former “Lost” and “Lord of the Rings” star travels through Kenya where he embarks on a journey to find the giant spitting cobra; which according to National Geographic is “believed to deliver more venom with a single bite than any other cobra on the planet.”
Deadly snakes are just the beginning to this cross-continental expedition. In this season, a six-ton elephant nearly tramples Monaghan and his fearless cameraman Frank, after it awakens from a surgery lead by a team of rescue workers who remove a poacher’s arrow from its huge body.
Monaghan, executive producer and host, says that this season is even more adrenaline pumping than the last. “The adventures and interactions with the animals ramp up in intensity. The pace is faster and the animals are bigger, wilder, and closer than ever before.” He added in his statement, “There will be blood.”
In addition to Kenya, the wildlife and travel enthusiast will be exploring the Amazon, Australia, Brazil and Japan. Monaghan daringly interacts with some of the most dangerous creatures known to man in almost every climate to preserve the creatures he is most passionate about while educating his viewers.
‘LOST’ Star dodges charging elephants, spitting cobras in nature series
TORONTO — When the motto of your TV adventure series is “the wilder the better,” you’re bound to have some close calls with nature’s most dangerous creatures.
This becomes abundantly clear in the second season of “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan,” which kicks off Tuesday with startling footage of a disoriented elephant that suddenly charges toward the show’s hapless cameraman.
Monaghan says the terrifying encounter occurred after he and his crew had watched a veterinarian conduct emergency surgery on the massive beast. Moments after the doc administered an antidote to reverse the anesthetic all hell broke loose.
“Wild Things” Breathes New Life Into the Nature Show
In addition to the science and the cuteness, the visceral thrill of watching and experiencing an animal in the wild is what a great nature show should bring to audiences. As staid and ridiculous as it appears now, that’s what that 70s show, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” did for me when I was a child. And David Attenborough, the passionate British naturalist who is now nearing his 90s, was the master of the form, making interest in animal behavior and environmentalism infectious. “That,” I thought as a child, “is what I want to do when I grow up.” I may not have achieved my dream, but actor Dominic Monaghan did. He too was a lifelong fan of nature shows, one who collected lizards when he was a young boy growing up in Germany and England. For most of his burgeoning career as an actor — I first met him when he played one of the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings trilogy — he’s been a keeper of critters. And now he has his own nature show, “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan,” to show for it.