Okay, I know JR is falling over, because I never come to the FF forum. But this morning on the way to work, a local radio station was interviewing Michael somethingorother, the casting director for FF, and I thought I'd post what I could remember of the interview for you diehards. Apparently he's going to be auditioning folks in Boulder next Monday night.
Note: What I'm about to post are not direct quotes, but my recollection of the interview, in no particular order.
Q: What is the weirdest thing you guys ever thought of that you didn't do on the show?
A: Drink your own urine. That one seemed a little over the top. Sometimes we have trouble gauging what people will think is just too gross. Like when we made the contestants eat horse rectum, I was surprised at how disgusted people were over that one.
Q: What was the one stunt that the contestants have done that grossed you out the most?
A: I thought the bobbing in cow's blood we did recently was pretty gross.
Q: Is there anything in particular that you have to stay away from?
A: Well, like with the urine thing. If we get into eating something human I think it becomes a legal issue and we can't go there.
Q: When you hold auditions do you have people try things like on the show?
A: I think that if we were doing this in the 60's or 70's we could have gotten away with that. But the way things are today we can't do that because the legal implications are too great.
Q: What sort of contestants do you look for? Pretty much hotties, right?
A: Well, not exactly. It's like pro wrestling. The audience isn't going to get a chance to get to know the contestants over a few weeks, so we want them to have an immediate reaction to each contestant. We want them to look at a contestant and be able to decide right away if they are going to root for them or against them.
Q: So how do you audition people then?
A: Well, you know the rumors and stories about casting couches? If we see someone we like, we invite them onto the bus. We have a room in the back with a couch. Kidding. But if we see someone we like, we do have them come to the back room in the Fear Factor bus for an interview.
Well, that's about all I remember.