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Watch Arrow's Stephen Amell Target the American Ninja Warrior Course

Stephen Amell has the Floating Steps in his sights in this exclusive sneak peek from the Arrow star’s run on the American Ninja Warrior course.

The first-ever celebrity edition of American Ninja Warrior — airing Thursday, May 25 at 8/7c — kicks off NBC’s third annual night of Red Nose Day programming, which raises money and awareness to help children living in poverty in America and around the world.

“For me, the most nerve-racking moment was the very first obstacle,” Amell, who was coached by ANW vet Kacy Catanzaro, said in an NBC Q&A. “Ninjas make it look easy… [but] it isn’t!” And from there on, he said, “It’s all adrenaline!”

“People have always wanted to see Stephen on the show,” host Matt Iseman tells TVLine. “I’m an Arrow fan and when I first saw the Salmon Ladder in the Arrowcave, I thought, ‘This sonuvab–ch is a fan of Ninja Warrior!'”

Iceman says that many celebs in the past have expressed an interesting in braving the course but without cameras rolling, “because they didn’t want to be potentially embarrassed.” So when Amell — along with Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Derek Hough (World of Dance), Today cohost Natalie Morales, Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, comedians Nikki Glaser and Jeff Dye, former Yankees slugger Nick Swisher and actress Mena Suvari — signed on for this charity edition (which features a “slightly modified” course), “They came out and just threw themselves into it, which I love!”

Throw themselves into it they did. Suvari “had a horrible fall, smashed her face” and yet forged ahead in the name of charity, Iseman shared. Christensen also surprised the host with her intensity (“She is a gamer!”), as did Dye (“He was really competitive, and athletic, too — but don’t tell him I said that!”).

Asked to survey his Ninja Warrior experience, Amell said, “When I can accomplish a goal, have a blast and raise money for an awesome cause at the same time? That’s a win right there.”

 

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23 Comments
  1. Oh I hope he makes it through!

  2. Wrstlgirl says:

    Hahahaha, those announcers are hilarious.

  3. tjj50 says:

    I’m going to be wreck the night this airs!!! Rooting for Stephen to make it through!

  4. Azerty says:

    While Barry watches Iris dies, Oliver is doing ninja warrior. Superfriends they said…

  5. Lysh says:

    Wow I was nervous watching that, even though I’m sure Stephen will slay. I can’t wait to see the entire thing!

  6. Danielle says:

    It’s not just the fanboys who are going crazy.😂

  7. datdudemurphy says:

    Gotta love Amell…. dude is just so darn likable.

  8. TvPeong says:

    So excited for this!

    Team ninja warrior was great last night

  9. Liz says:

    Any bets on whether he wipes out just after they cut the video?

  10. KayCeeCee says:

    So excited to see this!

  11. So…why is his shirt still on?

  12. kjmorse says:

    Really disappointed that I have no idea when I will ever see it in Australia

  13. Alichat says:

    There seem to be alot of pauses between each obstacle. Is that normal? That would impact his momentum I would think.

    • DarkDefender says:

      I’m guessing they are not timed like the non-celebrity ANW. They probably get so much money for completing each step.

    • GothamBats says:

      Even on the real show, there are often gaps between obstacles (but it gets edited out). You can often see a 5 minutes run in a 4 minutes video on the official Youtube page.

  14. Joey Padron says:

    Good clip of Stephen on the show. Can’t wait to watch this episode next week!

  15. J says:

    As far as celebrities competing, William Moseley (The Royals, Narnia) competed in the regular show a few years ago

    • GothamBats says:

      There have been some actor (a Power Ranger actor) and racecar drivers who have competed on the real show.

  16. A says:

    My two favorite shows?! This is awesome