During a recent trip to South Africa, Adam Sandler had a close encounter with a cheetah after the wild cat turned on him and attacked him during a feeding session.
The "Grown Ups 2" star was in the country filming upcoming film "Blended" with Drew Barrymore when he took a day off to enjoy a private safari. The actor was allowed to get up close and personal with the wildlife under the supervision of an animal specialist.
When he was invited to help feed a cheetah, things quickly went bad when the feline became aggressive and jumped on the actor's back.
Sandler showed a clip of the experience with viewers during an appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman" on Tuesday.
He told the audience: "They were very nice people at this place (the wildlife park), they let me in with a cheetah... and said I could feed the cheetah water with my hands. So I did it and something went a little bit wrong."
The animal's owner ran in to pry the cat off the 46 year old, who remained remarkably calm throughout the ordeal.
Sandler said, "What happened was they said you're not supposed to bend down low by the water and that's why he got mad... I played it off real good... (but) I was very nervous... I swear to God when he jumped on me all I was gonna do was let him eat me, there was not one part of me that was gonna fight back. I was like, 'Alright, this is how I'm dying.'"