Neil Morrissey: 'I thought my heart was going to explode on hill trek'
Neil Morrissey felt like he was having a heart attack when he undertook a hill trek on Bear Grylls: Mission Survive without having trained for the expedition.
In the upcoming second series of the show, former Men Behaving Badly star Neil will be seen being putting through his paces by survival expert Bear on a 12-day survival experience in southern Africa, along with seven other celebrities including footballer Alex Scott, ex-Coronation Street star Michelle Collins and Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks.
While many of the stars had hit the gym in preparation for the show, Neil hadn't, and found himself struggling with the physical exertion involved in several of the tasks.
“We carried on walking up these hills and then I suddenly thought my heart was going to explode," Neil told the Daily Mirror. "It was at altitude too and I hadn’t factored this in."
"I’ve never been pushed that hard and I didn’t train for it. The others had been in the gym loads. It was tough."
After being given a chocolate bar by a medic and having a sit down at the top of the hill, Neil slowly began to feel better.
Despite struggling with the hikes, Neil found the most difficult part of the show having to check his fellow celebrities for ticks - parasites that can embed themselves in skin.
“One of the worst things was that I had to do tick checks on Jason Gardiner," he said. "So basically I had to look at Jason’s butt crack every day!"
One of the most anticipated tasks on the programme is when the celebrities are told to drink their own urine. However, Neil said the prospect of doing that wasn't one that scared him.
“Of course it is a Bear Grylls show so you have to drink your own p**s," he laughed. "But it was one of the easiest things to do. You could say drinking my own urine was a piece of p**s compared to some of the other stuff we had to do."
Neil did not comment on how far he gets on the show but insisted he really enjoyed the experience.
“It was an experience I really wanted to have, and Bear Grylls does fascinate me,” he concluded.
The new series of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive airs on Britain's ITV on 3 March (16).
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