SAS: Who Dares Wins Coach Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox has said bosses on the Channel 4 show have suggested non-‘authentic’ ideas for a Special Air Service experience
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SAS: Who Dares Wins star Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox said he’s previously resisted producers’ “stupid” ideas for the show’s challenges, as the brutal test of Physical endurance returns to the screen tonight.
The 45-year-old former British soldier said he turned down some ideas from bosses because they weren’t “authentic” to the Special Air Service experience.
Ahead of Saturday’s season premiere on Sunday, Foxy said that showrunners came to instructors with some “spiritual ideas” for challenges on the Channel 4 hit show.
SAS: Who Dares Wins instructor said: “The producers will always be like, ‘Ooh, can we do this? And can we do that?; and we said, ‘Well, we could do it, but we’ve never done it’. ‘Why not?’ “Because it’s stupid.”
He continued: “We keep things very basic: skydiving, skydiving, skydiving, swimming. That’s it. They have some mental ideas. “
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Among the challenge ideas previously rejected by instructors, Foxy said, is the possibility of contestants jumping from one car to another on fire.
He continued: “The point is we’re told this has to be authentic – if they want it authentic that’s where we go in there, we help them stay authentic.
“They might say, ‘What about this, this and this?’ and we were like, “Yes, we can do that, that and that, but it’s not.”
This comes after the new team at the top of SAS: Who Dares Wins warned that they had “carried the hammer” and said that the seventh installment will be as brutal as any previous one.
Former head coach Ant Middleton shut down the show because of its health and safety policies as well as being too “scriptural” after being criticized for misconduct.
But coaches Foxy and Mark “Billy” Billingham said Saturday’s run was more intense due to the filming location in the Jordan desert, rather than Scotland.
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Newcomers former US Special Forces agents Rudy Reyes and Remi Adeleke also bring new energy to the Channel 4 series.
Foxy and Billy said they haven’t heard from Middleton yet, but Billingham said he feels certain their former co-worker will follow up.
“Ant probably feels, ‘it can’t go on without me’. But it can. The show got tougher,” he said.
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“What you get is raw, real, it has worked in the past. Don’t repair it if it’s not broken. Anyone entering that course is treated equally.
“We don’t consider gender, color, race, it’s a flat platform you’ve chosen to come from.”
Fox added: “Maybe those comments were a knee-jerk reaction. We increased the intensity because of where we filmed. “
SAS: Who Dare to Win will return to Channel 4 and All 4 at 9pm on Sunday, April 10.
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