‘Cocaine Bear’ Teaser Poster Has Internet Buzzed: ‘Movie of the Year’

The first take a look at the teaser poster for the upcoming movie Cocaine Bear has the web buzzing.

The movie’s official Twitter account shared the poster, captioned “Don’t coke the bear,” at midday japanese time, and it rapidly went viral, hitting Twitter’s trending matters checklist. The poster exhibits a wide-eyed snarling bear drawn in white powder.

“Cocaine Bear is already movie of the year alone for the title,” YouTuber @PattyNest wrote.

“this graphic looks like one an athletic department puts out to announce they’ve hired cocaine bear as head football coach,” @actioncookbook wrote.

“This poster looks like the cocaine Bear protects the girls of Sin City,” @DFWendi wrote, referring to the 2005 movie shot in stylistic black and white with splashes of coloration.

“Jan/Feb have turned from the dumping ground to the most unhinged and camp time of the year, Cocaine Bear and M3GAN shall rule 2023,” @sydney_volpe wrote. M3GAN, popping out on January 6, is a horror movie a few kid’s robotic doll.

At the highest of the web page for the Cocaine Bear development, Twitter posted a field providing assist for these with substance abuse points—which additionally led to some clowning from Twitter denizens.

“lol if you click on the trending topic of Cocaine Bear you get this helpful message! I truly hope all of the coke addicted bears of the world can read/use Twitter so they see this and get the help they need!!” Writer Maureen McEly tweeted alongside a screenshot of the discover.

Cocaine Bear is, as its poster says, based mostly on a real story. On September 11, 1985, Andrew Thornton, a former narcotics officer who turned a infamous drug smuggler, jumped from a airplane on a drug run. Thornton received tousled in his parachute and fell to his loss of life, touchdown in a Knoxville, Tennessee resident’s driveway.

Prior to his fall, he had dropped packages of cocaine, because the airplane was carrying an excessive amount of cargo. One such bundle—containing 40 plastic containers of the drug—was found by a 175-pound black bear. The bear consumed the cocaine, overdosed and died.

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A black bear, just like the one on this inventory picture, consumed a considerable amount of cocaine in 1985. The story has been tailored into the 2023 Elizabeth Banks movie “Cocaine Bear.”
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The physique of the unique “cocaine bear” was taxidermied. Though the bear’s physique was initially a part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, it went to a Nashville pawn store. Outlaw nation music legend Waylon Jennings purchased it, and gave it to a pal in Las Vegas. After his loss of life, it was bought to Zhu T’ang, who owned a conventional Chinese medication store. After T’ang died, his widow donated it to the Kentucky For Kentucky retailer.

The bear’s corpse now resides on the Fun Mall in Lexington, Kentucky.

“The fact that Cocaine Bear is trending and I’m literally sitting like 10 feet away from the actual bear,” @ahuntSPN18 tweeted, together with a video panning over to the stuffed animal.

The movie is directed by Elizabeth Banks, and stars Ray Liotta in one in every of his last roles earlier than his loss of life this 12 months at 67. Liotta appeared excited for the movie, calling it “kind of nutty,” including “I think it’s going to be really good.”

“Elizabeth Banks directed it and she was great to work with. Yeah, that’s an odd one,” Liotta informed Newsweek on the time. “”I play the man whose coke it’s—think about that. Just the title. I am going, ‘Cocaine Bear? What the fudge.'”

Newsweek reached out to Elizabeth Banks’ representatives for remark.

Cocaine Bear is because of hit theaters February 24, 2023.

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