Is ‘Heroes vs. Villains’ missing key players | TV Guide
Thoughts from several players not pick for allstars.
When Survivor 20 unrolls tonight, loyal and returning fans alike will be glued to TV screens so they can catch glimpses of their favourite heroes and villains of seasons past, in a tribute to what host Jeff Probst feels the game has become.
Returning are key heroes such as Rupert Boneham, James Clement and Tom Westman, and notable villains such as Ben (Coach) Wade, (Boston) Rob Mariano and Parvati Shallow.
Season 19’s runner-up, Russell Hantz, made it in as a villain at the 11th hour, when Probst and co. called up creator and executive producer Mark Burnett midway through the season, before they knew Hantz made it to the final three.
“We thought he was going to be so memorable that to not have him was going to be a mistake,” says Probst.
Both the host and creator maintain Hantz’s addition capped the finalized list of those they ultimately wanted to return, claiming there was no one they couldn’t have. Still, if we’re to consider this season’s contestants as the best players from the past 10 years, there are glaring omissions.
TVGuide.ca caught up with some of these players to get their side of the story.
Richard Hatch, Survivor Borneo and Survivor All-Stars
“They invited me, (but) the prosecutor lied to the judge to block me from going.
Jonny Fairplay, Pearl Islands, Micronesia
“I am ****ing Survivor. I would like to punch out Jeff Probst’s front teeth and shatter his jaw and see how he would do on Survivor.
Twila Tanner, Vanuatu
“I would have loved to been on this season. I was supposed to go on Fans vs. Favorites and I was dropped at the last minute.
Coby Archa, Palau
“I did kind of spoil the cast … no, I totally did spoil the cast (on message boards). It sounds silly, but for me that was my therapy for not getting picked.”
And other players.
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