posted on Nov, 9 2008 @ 03:48 PM
In fairness to Bear Grylls, my understanding was they did two versions of the pilot, one was a 'goofy' James Bond style survival show where he did
risky things, and the other a more straight up survival.
People liked the exaggerated, risky version much better so they went to that format.
Having said that, I think they also knew they had stiff competition with Les's show, so they had to pump up the action or get rejected as a pilot.
Even people with the skills, say an ex-SAS wouldn't necessarily have Les's determination. It might even be a different skillset (or at least harder)
to do it for a show, vs doing it IRL. If Les is that hardcore for a show, where he has a rescue method, imagine him in real life. (I wouldn't bet
Besides, Les had done it, virtually going where no man had gone before, and that is putting himself in harm's way all around the globe.
Have you seen his 'making of' shows? He really spends a lot of time editing the show, filming the show, building extension devices.
He also gets coaching by an expert for the previous few weeks before he goes in, so he doesn't go into it unschooled and unprepared.