Ross Kemp hits back at claims 'you gonna kill me?' gunpoint scene was set up
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Ross Kemp has denied that a famous scene in which he and his film crew were held at gunpoint was staged after it went viral on TikTok.
Here's the scene, to jog your memory.
The scene – which you might remember – was from a show called Ross Kemp: Extreme World, and saw the actor and documentary host travel to Papua New Guinea, where he met a gang and was held by armed members with guns, spears, and bows and arrows.
As the clip has gone viral once again, people have been wondering whether the interaction was staged or not, and Kemp has moved to dispel any talk that it was a set-up.
Speaking to Roman Kemp and Sian Welby on Capital Radio, Kemp was asked about the incident.
He responded: “Papua New Guinea - people say to me, did you set that up?"
“You’re 500 miles from Port Moresby, we couldn't take any women with us, we couldn't get insured because people just get snatched there.
“They were a thing [the gang] called ‘Raskols’ which sounds like [adopts cheeky tone] ‘naughty rascal.’
“These were serious people - they’d taken people off the streets and they disappeared… or off in the jungle they captured tourists.
“People never come back and you can't set that up.
“Everyone says, ‘oh, you were really brave’ but the cameraman’s filming it all, and he had a gun in his back which was an M1 Carbine from the Second World War and that would have blown a hole the size of a plate in him if they pulled the trigger.
“But what you can't see are the people with the spears and the bows and arrows and I’m thinking ‘bullet or spear, what’s the worst?’
“Just basically try and control this and that's what I did.”
He continued: “The shotgun was predominately the thing that was gonna go off and hurt most people so that's why I pushed it away.
“I didn't grab it and wrestle him to the ground, I pushed and said, ‘are you gonna kill us?’
“They use that as something not to do in hostile environments.
“They say you should have gone down on your hands and knees and been taken hostage and I still to this day go ‘no I shouldn't’ because I'm just judging it and if you do a lot of anything, I can't do what you guys do but I've done a lot of that now.”
This particular episode aired in 2014, but over the course of several series Kemp and his team travelled to a whole host of the world’s most dangerous cities to shine a light on what life is like there.