‘Survivor’ Castaway Interview – John Fincher

The thing about ‘Survivor’ is four morons can vote off three rocket scientists all day long and there’s nothing you can do about it.” – Randy Bailey: “Survivor: Gabon”

We’re not calling the members of Foa Foa morons, but Randy’s theory was proven correct this past week when Rocket Scientist John Fincher was voted out of “Survivor: Samoa.” When we caught up with John the next day, he told us why Russell was right to vote him off, which player was told he had the highest IQ in “Survivor” history, and how important wind resistance is to the process of constructing a shelter.

Gordon Holmes: Did you see last night’s blindside coming at all?
John Fincher:
Russell was being very truthful when he said it was a very strategic day. Lots of stuff was going on. I didn’t know who was going home. I like to have as much information as possible, and the second you don’t know you’re in trouble. So when I asked Monica, Brett, and Dave who they were voting for and they said Mick and then I asked Foa Foa and they said Dave, it was like…wait a second Galu, you’re dumb but you’re not this dumb. One quick conversation with Dave and Russell on the beach, and that’s all it takes. And you can’t be everywhere at the same time.

Gordon: You just said that Galu was dumb, when did you sour on them?
That’s an interesting point. I don’t think I can pinpoint one exact thing. There are several decisions that were being made that I disagreed with, like the Erik vote. But there comes a point where you can’t do anything and you just have to go. Picking Russell to vote the night Kelly went home? I was against that. There’s a time to get Russell, but that wasn’t the appropriate time. There were several decisions that were made and at some point you can’t keep going along with it. But it was less of me souring on Galu, and more of me becoming a more powerful player.

Gordon: At this point, you and Russell are playing the game on a much different level than everyone else. Why should Russell have kept you around if you’re a physical and strategic threat?
At that point, Russell shouldn’t have kept me around. One of the things I’ve said is Foa Foa is a great team. At the beginning Dave and Brett thought we were a great team because we were winning challenges. That doesn’t make you a great team. Foa Foa continues to make the right choice. They establish goals, they plan toward that goal, and they accomplish them. Russell was right to take me out when he did. If I had gotten Mick, a lot of power would have shifted toward me.

Gordon: What was your opinion of Russell while you were out there?
Very similar to what you see on television.
Gordon: Did you trust him?
John: No, certainly not. He’s very charming and has an ability to connect with you at times. But he can get overtly aggressive at times. But I didn’t trust him. You hear people say “I can’t trust this person, I can’t trust that person.” You can’t trust anyone, not just Russell.
Gordon: Now that you’ve seen what’s been going on with the burning of the socks and the releasing of the chickens, what do you think of Russell now?
John: (Laughs) I found Russell’s pranks to be very amusing. When I was watching that on TV, everyone was telling me, “I hate that Russell guy.” And I was thinking, “Damn it, I wish I would have thought to burn someone’s socks!” Russell and I are from the same cloth in the sense that both of us operate better in chaos than other people can. When people are panicking, that’s when I’m at my best. I’m amused, his pranks are funny.

Gordon: The opposite side of that spectrum is Shambo, who seems to take minor slights very seriously. Was she portrayed accurately?
I think that the Shambo character is being portrayed pretty close to accurately. Shambo is a nice person, she’s a good person. But, she’s a little bit hard to work with in a situation like “Survivor” because she’s very stubborn. I don’t mean that as an insult, but she’s hard to work with. She’s very emotional.

Gordon: If Galu had stayed in control, what was your plan heading into the end of the game.
That was something that I wasn’t going to let happen. The very controlled world of going one, two, three, four…Foa Foa, Foa Foa, Foa Foa, was way too easy for me to let happen. So, I wouldn’t mind picking off one or two, but for the right reasons. Galu says they want to pick off Jaison. Well, why Jaison? Because he’s lazy and doesn’t do enough around camp. Really? It’s day nineteen, you think I care if someone’s lazy? I’ll open coconuts for you all day long for a million dollars.

Gordon: How strong was the Galu guy alliance?
Brett was basically on the girls’ team and “Danger” Dave Ball…the worst thing that happened to “Danger” Dave was when the producers told him he had the highest IQ in “Survivor” history.

Gordon: Alright, let’s do some word association.
(Laughs) This is going to be bad, but OK.
Gordon: It tends to be. We’ll start with Danger Dave.
John: Out of his mind.
Gordon: Shambo?
John: Too nice to play that game.
Gordon: Jeff Probst?
John: Professional.
Gordon: Laura?
John: A bit out of touch with reality. No pun intended.
Gordon: Murdered chickens?
John: Yummy.
Gordon: Jaison?
John: Intellectual.
Gordon: Wind resistance as it applies to shelter construction?
John: (Laughs) Crucial…crucial!

Gordon: So, did Randy Bailey’s theory on rocket scientists vs. morons hold true?
(Laughs) I couldn’t have said it better!

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