While filming a 170 foot waterfall in the movie Apocalypto, a cow was trying to cross upstream and went over the falls. It emerged at bottom, banging against the rocks, but after a local man swam in to calm the cow it then climbed up the bank and began eating grass as if nothing had happened.

Talking Apocalypto with Mel Gibson and Co-Writer Farhad Safinia

Mel Gibson, love him or hate him, is one talented person. While I am not saying this excuses certain aspects of his behavior, I feel that his most recent film Apocalypto is nothing short of extraordinary. Layered with many themes that are as applicable to the period the movie is covering as they are to now, Apocalypto is the kind of film that helps define the word epic. Taken from a place deep inside the filmmaker, we had the chance to see an early cut of his end of the Mayan civilization opus. Afterward, we sat down to discuss the process of making the film with Gibson and Apocalypto co-writer Farhad Safinia.

Apocalypto is a heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization…. Continue Reading (9 minute read)

9 thoughts on “While filming a 170 foot waterfall in the movie Apocalypto, a cow was trying to cross upstream and went over the falls. It emerged at bottom, banging against the rocks, but after a local man swam in to calm the cow it then climbed up the bank and began eating grass as if nothing had happened.”

  1. FancySack

    >began eating grass as if nothing had happened.

    Cow was trauma eating, we’ve all been there.

  2. CMDRissue

    Wow a cow that can work a video camera

  3. indeedtwo

    “As if nothing happened.” What was it supposed to do, smoke a cigarette and put on a headache bag? It’s a cow

  4. CrimsonPig

    “Hey hon, how was your day?”

    “Not bad. Took a dip in the stream, fell over a 170 foot waterfall, ate some grass. How was yours?”

  5. Plaineswalker

    You know what they say. Grass is always greener at the bottom of the 170 ft cliff.

  6. blitzinger

    Apocalypto is one of the most underappreciated movies of all time. This might be in part to the craziness behind its license switching hands multiple times, at one point not even being printed. I see it’s available on UHD 4k so I assume they began printing or it was sold again and then reprinted.

  7. feral_philosopher

    The cow had aspirations of becoming an on-screen action bovine.

  8. byronsucks

    if you’re reading this and haven’t seen this movie it’s streaming on Prime. It is an amazing movie and definitely worth a watch.

  9. BoredCop

    “Eating grass like nothing had happened” is typical stress behaviour for many grazing animals including cows. Lethally injured deer can sometimes be seen to stop and eat, before Keeling over dead.

    Like, if your favourite comfort food is fresh grass then maybe it’s no wonder you’ll want some tasty green stuff to take your mind off the pain?

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