Actor MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY struggled to get a good night’s sleep while working on latest movie FOOL’S GOLD in Australia, because he lived in constant fear of snake attacks.
The Hollywood hunk isn’t usually afraid of the reptiles and even kept some as pets during his stay Down Under.
But he hated finding unexpected visitors in his bedroom and was always on edge when night fell.
He says, “It’s amazing how quickly you shower when you think there might be a python in your room.
“There were heaps of weird creatures around in Queensland when we were shooting Fool’s Gold. I had an eight foot (2.4 meter) python in the coconut tree in my back yard and a six foot (1.82 meter) python in my shed. It’s one thing having pythons in your garden and knowing they’re there; it’s a lot more unsettling knowing they’re somewhere about but you don’t know where. So I was going through every closet and checking under the bed.
“Every time I took a bath I got nervous. I’d be washing my hair with my eyes closed and be thinking, ‘What am I not seeing right now?’ With pythons about, you quickly get used to sleeping with one eye open.”
Snakes weren’t the only creatures McConaughey and his Fool’s Gold co-star Kate Hudson had to contend with in Australia – they also had to be careful to avoid the giant killer jellyfish iricongi while shooting underwater scenes for the adventure movie.