Bourdain Describes ‘Most Terrifying, Stressful, Physically Difficult Shoot Of [His] Life’

Anthony Bourdain joined CNN’s The Starting Point this morning to chat about his highly anticipated (perhaps no more highly anticipated than by his fellow anchors, who are still geeking out over his acquisition by the network) new series Parts Unknown premiering this Sunday.

After a recap of the first episode, which shot in Myanmar, conversation shifted to what shooting in The Congo was like (around 3:24). Said Bourdain:

“[The Congo] was the most terrifying, stressful, physically difficult shoot of my life. I’m obsessed with Joseph Conrad and Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now, so there was that sort of childlike, cinematic romanticism with this very, very difficult subject…There’s no infrastructure. There are 49 different rebel groups fighting it out. The last people in the world you want to encounter in The Congo is the police or the armed forces. It is a struggle for the Congolese to live every day and it is a struggle to shoot there. But it’s going to be a very exciting, very visual show.”

At least his 3G was on point.

Check out his segment below.

For more on Parts Unknown, check out a sneak peek of the Myanmar episode, our crowd-sourced title music guessing game, and our dream list of dangerous shooting locations.

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