*WARNING: Spoilers for Squid Game: The Challenge below*
Player 301 Trey Plutnicki talked up on what it was like to shoot the Squid Game: The Challenge finale next week, and why virtually everyone resorted to using condoms.
The gameshow, based on the massively famous Korean drama, launched on Netflix last week, introducing us to 456 competitors as they competed for $4.56 million.
The episodes are mostly concerned with the physical and psychological activities that the participants are subjected to, with a brief glance inside life in the famed communal dormitory.
Trey, on the other hand, revealed what the cameras didn’t show, stating that his co-stars were so desperate for lip balm at one point that they had to use lubricated condoms.
‘I’m going to confirm this: Yeah, that’s 100 percent real,’ the castmate, known as ‘player 301’, laughed in a new interview. ‘Do you think I did that? Do I seem like a person that did that? No, hell no. That’s so stupid.’
According to Entertainment Weekly, at the beginning of filming, everyone was supplied with toiletries – including a small bag containing hand sanitizer, toothpaste and a toothbrush.
After a few days, many people regretted the absence of chapstick and turned to various methods to relieve their parched lips.
‘There was lotion, there was conditioner, and those were the first two tries,’ the former contestant told the outlet, insisting that he steered clear of the condoms.
‘After I tried those and they weren’t working, I was like, “Well, that’s all of our options, because obviously we’re not going to use the condoms.” And within a day, maybe a day and a half, all the condoms were gone. It was absurd. And it still didn’t work!’
They were ultimately given lip balm with their respective numbers on it, but Trey unintentionally left his with another player before leaving.
‘I gave my chapstick to someone last minute because I accidentally kept it in my pocket during Glass Bridge,’ he added. ‘I was like, “Can you please give this back to me? It has my number on it.”
‘They were like, ‘I will not see you again if you don’t make it over that bridge.’ I was like, “Great. Killer. Awesome encouragement.”’
In the original program’s Glass Bridge, players took turns crossing to the opposite side by stepping on panes of glass, with some falling through the glass – and down a 20ft drop – if they chose the wrong option.
Although he did not make it to the other side of the bridge and so lost his lip balm for good – as well as the chance to win the $4.5 million reward – the hopeful emerged from the job relatively unhurt.
While we were witnessing some of our favourites take the plunge, it turns out that the endeavour wasn’t as terrible as the cameras made it appear.
In reality, every autumn, producers revealed that stunt doubles were brought in at the last minute to film.
‘The fall itself was done by a professional stunt person for the safety of the players,’ John Hay, executive producer, told EW. ‘Obviously, that’s paramount for us. There was a large airbag underneath, but that also needs to be done by professionals.
‘The order of the pattern of the [glass squares], which is a pass and which is a fail, is all predetermined before they’ve stepped on the bridge.
‘And their reactions and their peers’ reactions to stepping on a fail door and being eliminated are all real. And then, at the last minute, we swapped them out, and a stunt person did the fall.’
Squid Game: The Challenge is available to stream on Netflix now, with the finale dropping on December 6.
Source My Celebrity Life.