Hardman Jason Fox has thrilled TV viewers along with his daredevil antics, however the SAS hero has a confession to make… he’s not as robust as he seems on our screens.
The 45-year-old admits he was petrified when bungee leaping off a viaduct backwards with Rob Delaney.
And SAS: Who Dares Wins star Jason, generally known as Cunning, reveals he even feared the American comic was going to die as he received confused over a security harness throughout one other stunt on a excessive wire.
The pair participate within the bungee leap for Channel 4’s new star-studded journey sequence, Cunning’s Fearless 48 Hours with… on Sunday.
Celebrities are set three troublesome challenges every over the course of a 48-hour journey collectively in Snowdonia.
Talking of his fears in the course of the leap, Cunning says: “Everybody thinks due to the job I do on SAS that I’m proof against the intense sh**. However I do get anxious.
“I would like folks to see that no matter what you do, you might be allowed to expertise worry and nervousness.
“I do get sweaty palms, my mouth does get dry and each time I participate in considered one of this stuff, I do assume, ‘I’m 45, why on earth am I doing this?’ But it surely’s good to step outdoors your consolation zone.
“It retains you grounded and I’m fortunate to have the ability to do that for my new Channel Four sequence. Hopefully folks will even get to see who I’m.”
Within the present, Rob and Cunning stroll throughout a excessive wire and leap off a 40-foot cliff into freezing water. Though he doesn’t wish to give an excessive amount of away, Cunning reveals that at one level, he feared Rob was going to drag the improper piece of rope and fall to his demise.
He says: “The excessive wires throughout the pit is a protracted publicity to peak. Once we began to dish out the temporary, I realised it was an terrible lot for somebody to soak up and when he instructed me he was going to unclip one thing, I used to be like, ‘F***ing hell, we’re going to kill Rob Delaney… no, don’t.’”
Former commando Cunning tells how regardless of age making him extra conscious of risks, he’s nonetheless pushed on by doing “loopy” issues.
He provides: “As we grow old, we realise our mortality extra. We nearly really feel we’re indestructible once we are youthful after which once we grow old and you’ve got children and household, you assume I have to cease doing the loopy sh** however finally it’s the loopy stuff that pushes you.”
Cunning has talked overtly prior to now about being recognized with PTSD when he stop the Military after serving 20 years as a Royal Marine Commando and Particular Forces sergeant.
However he says Rob, 44, who starred in TV sequence Disaster with Sharon Horgan, made him reassess how he faces as much as points. The actor and his spouse Leah misplaced their son Henry aged two in January 2018 after a mind tumour battle.
Cunning admits: “I learnt rather a lot from Rob. He has been via an terrible lot and I gained a unique method of taking a look at issues from him.
“I’m very matter of reality with issues however he introduced a relaxing strategy.
“When he talked about his son dying and the way nothing will get larger than that, I favored the truth that he embraces something that may occur. I took rather a lot from that.” Rob and Cunning have vowed to remain pals after bonding over their high-energy antics.
Cunning says: “We received on so nicely.
“He is a good man and once they instructed me he was going to be my first visitor, I used to be like, ‘wow, no method’ as he was unbelievably sensible in Disaster.
“We solid a friendship on the shoot however it’ll be a long-lasting one.”
Subsequent week, Cunning is joined by former Radio 1 star Maya Jama, who he says is equally as courageous as Rob. He provides: “Maya was on nice kind. She is totally totally different, a younger feminine, who may be very profitable however she was a lot enjoyable. I push her to the restrict and I push myself to the restrict however the euphoric feeling afterwards is superb. And though I do love scaring myself, I wished to do it once more once I completed.”
The coach reveals he would like to put That is England star Stephen Graham via his paces on the 48 Hours sequence, if extra exhibits get the go-ahead.
He provides: “He’s a tremendous individual and he has received a superb story. He’s undoubtedly one on the record.”
As Cunning’s new sequence begins, his SAS celeb programme is nearing its finish.
On Sunday, viewers watched former footballer Kieron Dyer punch Cunning as a part of a problem to check his resolve.
There have been experiences suggesting Kieron had “battered him”, however he stresses that didn’t occur. He provides: “I received into an enormous pink swimsuit and was a lump for celebrities to have a go at. I judged whether or not the celebrities had sufficient aggression or not. He put in a superb effort.”
Earlier this yr Channel Four introduced one of many fundamental stars, Ant Middleton, had been axed and hypothesis has been rife Cunning will take over the mantle. He was cagey when requested if he was, saying: “I believe it’ll be fully totally different.
“However we’re eight sequence in now when you embody the celeb ones and it’s good to combine issues up.”
Cunning says he would love the identical depth ranges to be retained as he and his colleagues love giving the “celebrities a rinsing”. He provides with a smile: “That’s at all times good enjoyable.” Cunning is the primary to confess he nonetheless can’t imagine how a lot his life has modified since SAS began six years in the past and have become a family title. He says: “I didn’t know what I used to be searching for [after the Army]however that is all very nice. I wish to maintain issues actual and do issues that individuals get pleasure from. I’m loving it.”
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Subsequent yr, Cunning will tour the UK sharing his work as a SAS soldier in Afghanistan and his life since.
He admits: “That’s one other factor that may take me out my consolation zone. It’ll be so totally different with me droning on about my life.”
Married twice and a dad to 2 daughters, Cunning is now in a relationship with Jules Hawkins, who works in TV.
When requested how she feels about his fame, he replies: “She takes all of it in her stride. When she watched this Channel Four documentary with me, she was like, ‘Wow, I’m watching a programme of you being you.’”
Cunning laughs on the suggestion he runs round the home at 90mph searching for daredevil challenges. He says: “When I’ve received down time, I get pleasure from my down time. I do have to problem myself, after all, however once we have been in lockdown, I embraced boredom.”
- Cunning’s Fearless 48 Hours with… Rob Delaney is on this Sunday at 10pm.
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