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Joel freely admits that "I have a massive fear of spiders," but thankfully has no problems working with snakes because his character in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has a great devotion for the reptiles and is often seen handling or draped in them in the film. No photos have yet emerged of Joel with his pharaonic pets, but he says:
“The first scene I shot was with an eight-foot python around my neck, which was kinda fun actually. I had a couple of minor incidents… Well, not really. One of the little snakes had a little bite of me, but didn’t really get its target, and another one put the squeeze on me, but not really. They were great, the snakes were awesome.”
"The snakes were delightful, and I had a great time, and it was kinda weird to start the movie off by doing a scene with Christian, and a python around my neck. But I grew up with a lot of reptiles and snakes, so I feel comfortable with them. And it wasn’t a venomous one, thank God. That’s what they told me."