Contestants vying for a hefty cash prize on Netflix’s real-life version of their 2021 hit “Squid Game” were faced with a cold reality while filming the new series in England.
According to Variety and the Sun, hundreds of gamers competing on the streaming giant’s spinoff show “Squid Game: The Challenge” had to do so in sub-zero temperatures when production on the unscripted series began Monday. The cast and crew are working out of Bedford’s Cardington Studios, located in a hangar at a former Royal Air Force base north of London.
While filming the iconic Red Light series game, Green Light, with a giant singing doll presiding over the sequence, as seen in the Emmy-winning deadly drama, players began to feel sick during takes while others were crawling. until the end. 3 degrees Celsius (26 degrees Fahrenheit) weather during a devastating cold snap in the UK, The Sun reported.
“Even if the hypothermia kicked in, people were willing to stay as long as possible because there was a lot of money at stake,” one player told the Sun. “Too many were determined not to move, so they stayed there for too long. “There were people who came thinking they were going to be millionaires but they left crying. … It was like a war zone. The doctors were taking people out, but we couldn’t say anything. If you talk, you’re out. Some people couldn’t move their feet because it was so cold.”
But Netflix, along with its production partners Studio Lambert and the Garden, on Wednesday downplayed the dire conditions described by the contestants.
“We care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew, and we invest in all appropriate safety procedures. While it was very cold on set, and the participants were prepared for it, any claim of serious injury is false,” they said in a joint statement provided to The Times.
Another contestant quoted by The Sun said that each player was given two thermals, two socks, a T-shirt, sneakers and a green tracksuit. They wore “blood vests” under their clothing, which “automatically explode if caught moving.” [during the game] to make it look like you’ve been shot. Participants were transported by bus from London and reportedly stayed in bunk beds in the studio.
No one was “stretched out”, as The Sun reported, and players were provided with thermals and hand warmers, The Times confirmed on Wednesday.
Netflix announced in June that it was recruiting English-speakers from around the world for “the biggest reality competition series ever,” based on director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s captivating Korean series. The competition, which touts the largest prize money in reality TV history, features 456 players competing for a cash reward of $4.56 million in a series of games inspired by the series.
Fortunately, and humanely, rather than sudden death, each player’s worst fate will be to “go home empty-handed,” Netflix said at the time.
The scripted series “Squid Game,” which remains Netflix’s most popular series of all time, was renewed in June for a second season.