Matt Damon found it "amazing" working with a lion
The actor filmed close to live animals in `We Bought A Zoo` and was left in awe by scenes he shot so close to the jungle animal, which had a zebra in its sights.
He said: "I`d never seen a lion up close and when you look at their eyes they look like they`re 1,000 years old. They look like you can see into their soul, it was really amazing.
"What they did to get him to look my way was they walked a zebra about 100 yards behind me and the lion looks up, boom, like that.
"When you see that you just step back, it`s so impressive. Especially to be between the lion and the zebra. It was like, holy s**t. It was really, really amazing. I`ve never seen anything like it."
Matt is currently working on `Elysium` - which is due for release n 2013 - and says he has "high hopes" for the film.
He said: "I play a guy who`s been in and out of prison and is very different from any role I`ve ever played.
"I have very, very high hopes for the movie. I think it`s going to be really good."