Cocaine Bear is the title of a movie that few believe to be an actual production, but the trailer came out recently, and people are addicted to it.
The film reinvents aspects and exaggerates a bizarre story of a bear who ate 70 pounds of cocaine in the United States in the mid-1980s.
The dark comedy thriller takes place in Kentucky, directed by Elizabeth Banks.
Cocaine Bear has many big names from the entertainment industry, including the late great Ray Liotta before his death in May.
Cocaine Bear is Liotta’s latest 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
Cocaine Bear’s over-the-top plot brings back the feeling of a 70s or 80s 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 found the real Cocaine Bear that inspired the film.
He was said to lie next to a bag of over 70 pounds of cocaine.
The bag was thrown by drug dealer Andrew Thornton, who threw it from a plane.
However, when the contraband (worth about $15 million) was discovered, investigators only found 40 empty packages around the bear.
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 bear’s accidental “supplier,” Andrew Thornton, was a former drug attorney and a 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 his tail and failing to deploy his parachute.
The bear’s supplier was also found in a Knoxville, Tennessee, driveway.
He wore night vision goggles, a bulletproof vest and completed his outfit with a pair of Gucci loafers.
Additionally, Thornton was carrying $4,500 in cash, guns, knives and keys for an airplane.
Police later discovered nine bags of cocaine.
However, the tenth duffel bag was found with the actual “Cocaine Bear” in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
The actual Cocaine Bear was later nicknamed “Pablo Eskobear.”
However, it is now stuffed and put on display.
Curious visitors can find it at the Kentucky For Kentucky Store in Lexington.
Finally, Cocaine Bear will hit theaters on February 24, 2023.