‘Celebrity Ninja Warrior’: 10 Photos of Stephen Amell in Action

The Red Nose Day Special is all about donating what you can to help children most in need, both here in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world. But this year, longtime admirers of Arrow star Stephen Amell are also getting something special: The chance to see him compete in Celebrity Ninja Warrior, which kicks off NBC’s evening of Red Nose Day programming. The actor, a longtime fan of American Ninja Warrior, tells Yahoo TV that tackling the course in real life was “surreal” — and a lot harder than it looks. “For me, the most nerve-racking moment was the very first obstacle,” he says. “Ninjas make it look easy… It isn’t!” Fortunately, Amell had a pretty helpful coach: ANW legend Kacy Catanzaro. “Her pointers were the difference between the run I had and flaming out super early,” he says.

Here’s a look at Amell in action.

Celebrity Ninja Warrior airs Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m., followed by a special edition of Running Wild with Bear Grylls at 9 p.m. featuring Julia Roberts in Kenya. The Red Nose Day Special airs live at 10 p.m. on NBC.

Learning From the Master

Each celebrity is paired with an experienced Ninja, who serves as their coach and cheerleader. Amell is partnered with Kacy Catanzaro, who became the first woman to earn a spot in the American Ninja Warrior finals in 2014.

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Taking a Stand

Amell, who’s been as big a fan of American Ninja Warrior as we’ve been of watching the workout videos he’s posted throughout his run on Arrow, competes against World of Dance‘s Derek Hough, Parenthood‘s Erika Christensen, Today‘s Natalie Morales, American Beauty‘s Mena Suvari, comic Nikki Glaser, Better Late Than Never‘s Jeff Dye, former Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher, and two-time Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete Ashton Eaton.

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Building Blocks

Those years of parkour “superhero workouts” definitely pay off on the Floating Steps.

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Swing Time

All that grip-strenth training (which no one wanted to join him in the gym for) no doubt helped Amell handle the Fly Wheel portion of the course, in which contestants must hang by their fingertips as they swing across three wheels 15 feet above the water.

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Man in Motion

Spoiler alert: his shirt stays on the entire time.

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Back to the Start

The salmon ladder — it’s what made us all sit up and take notice during Season 1 of Arrow.

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Bringing It Home

Amell is so close to the end, he can probably taste that wine he’s been advertising on his shirt (that’s his own, Nocking Point, out of Walla Walla, Washington).

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Big Finish

Yes, it would appear Amell conquers the Warped Wall and gets to hit the buzzer at the top, as if there were any doubt.

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Stay the Course

The new season of American Ninja Warrior premieres June 12 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

(Photo by Ryan Tuttle/NBC)

Got Your Nose

Red Nose Day has raised more than $60 million in its first two years in the U.S. The campaign’s iconic Red Noses are sold exclusively at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide. The 10 p.m. special, hosted by Chris Hardwick, includes the much-anticipated Red Nose Day Actually, a short Love Actually reunion film from writer-director Richard Curtis, who is also the founder of Red Nose Day.

(Photo: Tyler Golden/NBC)

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