Man vs Wild, Bear Grylls, Fakes Situations
A NY Times blog is reporting that many of the situations on the Man vs. Wild show presented to viewers as naturally occurring are in fact staged. Some examples of this deception include:
“While filming in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains – an episode in which Grylls, 33, is seen biting off the head of a snake for breakfast – Grylls actually spent some nights with the show’s crew in a lodge outfitted with television, stone fireplaces, hot tubs and Internet access.”
“In another instance, where Grylls was supposed to be surviving on a desert island, he was actually in Hawaii and spent nights at a motel.”
“The same episode had Grylls building a Polynesian-style raft using only materials around him, including bamboo, hibiscus twine and palm leaves for a sail. Weinert said he actually led a team of builders to construct the raft. It was then taken apart so that Grylls could be shown building it on camera.”
This is quite disappointing to me. I knew Bear Grylls was doing things that normal people wouldn’t do because they’re risky, but I never considered that the situations were outright staged. I’ll have to go back to my comparison of Bear Grylls vs. Les Stroud (Survivorman) and reassess my ratings of their skills.