Scarlett Johansson Playfully Teased Matt Damon for Confronting His Fear of Snakes on the Set of ‘We Bought a Zoo’

Making movies often involves unexpected challenges, and for Hollywood star Matt Damon, one of these challenges came from a fear he had to confront while working on the heartwarming 2011 film, ‘We Bought a Zoo.’

On the set, Damon’s phobia of snakes took center stage, and Scarlett Johansson, who appeared utterly comfortable around these reptiles, surprised everyone by admitting to teasing Damon. This unexpected revelation led to a memorable and lighthearted moment on set.

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Scarlett Johansson, known for her adaptability and on-screen presence, shared some behind-the-scenes insights during the New York premiere of ‘We Bought a Zoo.’ She disclosed that she had noticed Damon’s extreme fear of snakes while filming.


While Damon had always feared animals, Johansson had a natural ease around them. As they worked on the movie, Damon’s genuine fear of snakes became apparent as he grappled with his phobia.

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In an interview, Damon opened up about his fear and how Scarlett Johansson and the child actors in the film encouraged him to overcome it. Johansson recalled, “He was pretty terrified.

He was sweating a bit, and maybe the sweat formed in the corner of his eye. I said, ‘Matt, these kids are practically juggling the snakes. Hold it together.'”


Damon’s candidness and emotional response endeared him to Johansson and the rest of the cast and crew. It showcased the camaraderie and playful banter that often develops between co-stars on set.

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Johansson’s teasing wasn’t meant to mock Damon but to inspire him to conquer his fear, allowing him to perform genuinely.

Damon may have shed a few tears, but he also triumphed over a paralyzing fear and acquired valuable life skills through this experience.


Adding to the snake anecdotes, Damon shared a terrifying encounter while visiting fellow actor Chris Hemsworth in Australia.

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On ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ Damon recounted the harrowing tale of accidentally stepping on an 8-foot python while heading for the beach.

After a brief moment of terror, Damon leaped away from the snake, relieved to see that the massive reptile remained unfazed and continued its path.


These snake encounters became part of Damon’s story, illustrating how his fear of them persisted.

Beyond providing entertaining anecdotes, Matt Damon’s fear of snakes sheds light on the universal human experience of grappling with irrational fears.

No matter how irrational or trivial they may seem, fears can be deeply ingrained and challenging to overcome, as Damon discovered on the set of ‘We Bought a Zoo.’


Film actors often find themselves in unusual and unsettling roles, and by confronting their fears, they can deliver more authentic performances.

Damon’s journey on set, supported by Scarlett Johansson and others, is a testament to the power of facing one’s fears in pursuing art.

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