Rainn Wilson’s weird near-death experience removed fear of ‘The Meg’ shark attack

Rainn Wilson battles a terrifying, prehistoric shark in “The Meg.” But that’s no problem.

Wilson, 52, has already looked death in the eye. And it was really, really embarrassing. So he’s not afraid to die by shark attack.

“Being eaten by a shark would be a good way to go,” says Wilson dryly. “Think of all the embarrassing, humiliating ways to go.”

Wilson experienced his own near-death experience a few years ago when he borrowed his handyman’s van to run to Home Depot. As he tried to adjust the van seat while moving onto a busy Los Angeles road, the broken seat rolled over his hand.

“I was pulling out into traffic and got my hand stuck when the seat slid forward onto my finger. So I was trying to drive down Van Nuys Blvd, but I was in excruciating pain,” Wilson says. “It was awful.”

Not able to pull over in traffic with his hand stuck, Wilson figured he was about to meet his maker in the worst kind of way.

“I couldn’t stop the van so I’m thinking, ‘This is it, this is how I’m going to die. I’m going to die in this (expletive) van with my hand stuck underneath the seat,’ ” says Wilson.


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