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‘Survivor’ Castaway Vince – “I Wanted to…Tear Joe’s Head Off in the…Game”

March 5, 2015

"Survivor: Worlds Apart" (CBS)

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I’ll admit it, I didn’t expect much from Will this season. With his polite demeanor and his lack of “Survivor” knowledge, I thought he’d be “Worlds Apart’s” Edna Ma.

Last night Vince got a rude awakening when Will proved me very wrong.

I spoke with the man who coined the term “Body Karate” the morning after his elimination and asked him about his shocking blindside, his relationship with Jenn, and his competition with Joe…

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Gordon Holmes: I heard there was some issue with the pregame interview. If I misheard you, I want to make sure we set the record straight.
Vince Sly: The only thing that was a little wacky was the description of the coconut, it’s a portable, spherical oasis. The “spiritual” oasis seemed like it was playing excessively into the character.
Holmes: Gotcha. I’ll make sure that gets updated in the pregame interview.

Holmes: Last night at Tribal…it took me a while to figure out what happened.
Sly: I’m going to give you a new perspective. Going into it, it was going to be a split between Joe, Jenn, and Hali and Will, Nina, and I. It felt that way all the way up until just before Tribal. On day two I set into action things like, “Hey, I think Nina is really searching for an idol.” Day three, “She’s out there a lot and nobody’s talking to her. “ On day four I said, “I’m pretty sure she found the idol.” Day five,  “She’s definitely found the idol, she just showed it to me and it’s in her bag,” so they would split the vote. The only way to break up three out of six so it’s not a tie is to get them to split the vote. The only way to get them to split the vote is if someone has an idol.
Holmes: Nice. All that work seems like it was tossed out the window when Nina let Will know that you were concerned about his challenge abilities.
Sly: I put all of this work into it. And who knows if it was Nina’s comment that broke the camel’s back or if it was a series of events. Maybe it was my own behavior. The game of “Survivor”…it’s sometimes captured in moments. The changes are contingent upon something so small. It’s a single comment, it’s how you move your body. This comment happened to be pretty big because I’m fairly sure that Joe, Jenn, and Hali realized that I was gunning for one of them. They’re going to try to convince Will that I want him out. So, maybe he was primed and ready for what Nina said.
Holmes: It feels like Will went from being in a solid three to being the fourth man on the totem pole.
Sly: I put a lot of work in with Will and there was no other way to vote from our perspective. It was like, once we do this and get one of them out, we have complete control. Keep the two strongest of them in the game so in challenges we’re good to go. And we’ve already broken them up, so we’re in control. It didn’t make any sense to go any other way. I think that that comment, unfortunately shattered his confidence in me.

Holmes: When I visited your camp on day two, you and Hali were in the woods and she apologized for the past crazy 48 hours. And, she specifically referenced a “Nina thing.” Do you remember what she was talking about?
Sly: I can’t really remember…the experience kind of blends together. But, I feel like they didn’t show any conversations between Hali and I. Hali and I were developing a deep connection. She was kind of…an innocent bystander. She was part of the alliance with Jenn and Joe. She was connected with Jenn from the very beginning, but I don’t feel like she was a strong strategist. She has a really good social game. She’s pleasant, she’s pretty. But, those first couple of conversations we had were relating that she’s not a  hardcore gamer and she doesn’t know who to trust. She doesn’t know what’s going on. In relation to Nina, I feel like she wasn’t purposefully being mean to Nina, whereas some of the comments…I wouldn’t say Jenn was purposefully being mean to Nina, but Jenn is younger. I’m not going to talk poorly about anybody. I chose not to do that on the show. These are humans who are just like me going crazy with no sleep and no food. And you have weird reactions. Were some of the reactions more juvenile than I would have hoped for? Absolutely. Did I play that to my advantage? 100%.

Holmes: It seemed like your relationship with Jenn went south when she started buddying up with Joe. Was that accurate?
Sly: It’s not because I had a crush on her or because I was jealous of Joe. What they chose to portray, from my perspective, was highly inaccurate of my character and what happened out there. What really went down was she developed a more natural connection with Joe. Right off the bat she and I were quirky and fun, and we had a willingness to express ourselves where everyone else was more reserved. I felt that initial connection. She’s the first person I had a whole conversation with. She was the only person I could tell right away was a game player. When she developed that connection to Joe…I’m not going to say she has a crazy crush on Joe, but she likes Joe, I noticed that. I noticed that was going to shift power away from me in a way that’s not going to benefit me.

Holmes: How do you feel about the term “No Collar.”
Sly: I feel like No Collar represents those who are governed by their own desires. They’re motivated, instead of by money, but that which will bring them the most amount of happiness. I feel like another aspect of No Collars is those who’ve been able to make their own careers. If it’s a jewelry designer, it’s someone who has a little jewelry empire. The most successful No Collar is probably Steve Jobs. He made one of the biggest companies in the world and he was a college dropout. That to me is No Collar. Someone who has a dream, a vision, a quest and they go for it.
Holmes: Do you believe Jeff Probst is a No Collar?
Sly: I don’t know Jeff that well, but from what I can tell? Yeah. I don’t know his history, but he’s the host and executive producer of one of the greatest TV shows ever made. He loves it. You can see that he hasn’t lost his absolute glee and appreciation for the game.

Holmes: Alright, word association time…
Sly: Oh boy…
Holmes: I know. Let’s start with Nina.
Sly: Kind…subtle…(laughs).
Holmes: There are no wrong answers here.
Sly: Word association is hard. There are things that come up like, “insecure.” Nina is insecure, however I don’t need to talk crap  about people who in the real world I really care about. In the game Nina was insecure, that’s obvious.
Holmes: Well, it doesn’t have to be negative. And I call it word association, but use all the words you need.
Sly: The gameplay characters? I wanted to (expletive deleted) tear Joe’s head off in the (expletive deleted) game. But in real life he’s like my little brother. I want to take him to festivals and introduce him  to a world where people embrace each other and truly accept each other for what they are. In game vs. out game? Are you asking about their characters in general?
Holmes: The first thing that pops into your head when you hear their name.
Sly: OK. Nina shines joy through her smile.
Holmes: Jenn?
Sly: Quirky, whimsical, doesn’t give a (expletive deleted).
Holmes: Hali?
Sly: Cute, has a mysterious depth that she only shares with those who get really close.
Holmes: Joe?
Sly: Fun, playful, talented, and immature.
Holmes: We’ll finish off with Will.
Holmes: (Laughs)
Sly: I’m just kidding. (Laughs) Will is a devoted, charismatic, family man.

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‘Survivor’ No Collar Vince – “There’s a Fine Line Between Counselor and Manipulator”

February 6, 2015

'Survivor: Worlds Apart' (CBS)

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Name: Vince Sly
Age: 32
Current Residence: Santa Monica, California
Occupation: Coconut Vendor
Gordon Holmes: So, you’re in the coconut business.
Vince Sly: That’s right. I have a project called Coconut Caravan which is a circus-influenced, but gypsy-themed vending cart. It goes to the beach in Santa Monica and also to a variety of music venues. We do what’s called the Festival Circuit. Do you know what the Festival Circuit is?
Holmes: I assume it’s…
Sly: It’s a community of people who gather together with intention. It’s not just a bunch of people getting together and taking a bunch of crazy drugs and calling it an experience. It’s intention driven. Like Beloved is about the expansion of your heart chakra. They have yoga in the morning, seminars in the afternoon, and then it’s party time at night. So, we vend to these people. It’s hot, we offer them what I call a P.S.O., a Portable Spherical Oasis…also known as a coconut.

EDIT: In the original transcription, I thought Vince had called it a “Portable Spiritual Oasis.”

Holmes: What does it mean to be a holistic counselor?
Sly: I angle my life toward helping others find their path of joy, brilliance, and well-being.
Holmes: That seems to run counter to what you’re going to be doing over the next 39 days. “Survivor” is very deceitful.
Sly: Yes. But, I liken it to this; football players have to tackle people in the field. They love playing that game. And sure, a lot of them are rough, a lot of the things I do are rough. If your everyday lifestyle has led you to being twenty pounds overweight and addicted to some drugs, whether they’re pharmaceutical or otherwise, to leaving your friends or a community that was the only thing you ever knew because they were unhealthy to you? That’s a huge transition. Somebody who is dynamic, who is willing to challenge, not necessarily to manipulate. There’s a fine line between counselor and manipulator. Someone who is willing to help that person find their motivation? That fits right into “Survivor.” Sometimes it’s my motivation. What do I want to see in the world? More people who are healthy and happy. Maybe it’s ego driven. I want to be surrounded by people I appreciate who are sober and happy. In “Survivor,” just like the football analogy…I don’t go around lying to people in my everyday life. I feel like the honor and integrity I have in my everyday life is apparent. In the game I get to challenge myself in a completely different way. It’s the other side of the spectrum. The actor can come out, the spy, every part of myself that is underexpressed or unexpressed because I’m constantly focused on the truth. Like the football player, you don’t see him running through the grocery store and tackling people because they want a peach.
Holmes: A million bucks is quite a peach.
Sly: (Laughs) Exactly. I’m not going to start walking through the grocery store and spitting out lies just because I do it on “Survivor.” “Survivor” is a game where deceit and lying and using your wit is a part of the game. I think it’s awesome.

Holmes: What is “rock running”?
Sly: Rock running is a sport that is gaining popularity. It’s a mix between parkour and extreme outdoor.
Holmes: So, parkour in nature.
Sly: Exactly.  I’ll go to a trail that’s twelve miles of rigorous hiking. And I’ll try to do it in the most creative way possible. Like, today I’m not going to touch the ground. I have to go tree limb to tree limb and see how far I can go. If I can go a mile, great. Boulders, valleys, beaches…
Holmes: It’s like the best game of “Hot Lava” ever.
Sly: Yeah, I don’t necessarily pretend like there’s a lava flow, but I’ve done this; there are a few rivers during springtime in the northern California area that just rage. Big, beautiful, soft boulders that I can just do barefoot. So, I can run, jump, sometimes 10, 12 feet and you can’t fall, because if you do fall…that’s your last fall. There are raging waters, jagged rocks, sticks that have fallen…if you get caught, you’re going to be impaled and severely hurt.  The adrenaline you have is going to fit right into the challenges. There is no failure.
Holmes: So, with that kind of motivation, you’re not going to be concerned with 30 cameras and Jeff Probst yelling at you.
Sly: It’s a developing sport, so sometimes there are spectators on the sidelines. There can be upwards of 300 people on each side of the river. You get to interplay, you get the gasps. You can do what looks like you’re going to fall, but you catch yourself and everyone is, “AHHHHH!”
Holmes: So, there’s some showmanship to it.
Sly: Yeah.

Holmes: You don’t like people who are lazy or entitled. What if they drop you in a tribe full of those folks?
Sly: My greatest challenge out here, even though I’m a holistic counselor, I spend two or three hours with a person and then they get to go home. I get to go somewhere else. I’m 32 years old, I’ve been through 37 countries, some of them I have negative interest in going back to. If I didn’t like it, I left. If I don’t like a relationship, I leave. If I don’t like a city, I move. If I don’t like a job, I don’t work there anymore. You get the idea?
Holmes: I certainly do. You don’t have that luxury here.
Sly: I do not have that luxury here. That’s going to be my greatest challenge. It’s not going to be the hunger. I can find things to eat, I can eat termites. It’s not…even though I love sex, the lack of it. It’s not going to be anything to do with those typical physiological problems that people can’t get over. You see it every season. It’s going to be the fact that this arrogant, undeserving, seemingly worthless teammate, and in his everyday life, I’m sure he’s a wonderful human being. But, this piece of (expletive deleted) out here is snoring next to me after eating three times as much rice? All the termite soup I made? That’s going to be hard as hell. What am I going to do? Enter meditative states. Call in Coach. Do whatever I possibly can.

Holmes: Any issues using your rugged good looks to get ahead?
Sly: No. I’m a highly flirtatious person. Fortunately for me, there are no Parvatis. There are no women that turn my body into a marionette doll. Here, this cast doesn’t seem to do that. And who knows, everything changes day two, day five, day twenty. People you thought you’d like, you don’t anymore. I can’t say if my flirtation will be safe. But, I probably will use it in the first stage of the game.
Holmes: The first stage?
Sly: You’ve gotta be light, you’ve gotta be liked, you’ve got to be good to the tribe. If I flirt the right amount that I don’t upset the guys or make the older ladies jealous…well…I’ll flirt with them too. It’ll be flirtation that is not sexual. I get enough sex. It’s going to be flirtation for comradery.
Holmes: She’s not in the game as far as I know, but there literally is a Parvati here.
Sly: (Laughs) I just met her. She’s a beautiful woman.
Holmes: She’s the real deal, man. She’s a sweetheart. She talked me into doing yoga this morning.
Sly: There are so few people…anyone who has anything to do with production, Hollywood, that bring an element of yoga in their true form. You get girls who are like, “Aha…I do yoga…aha…” But, she does.
Holmes: We’re way off track.
Sly: And her body is body karate.
Holmes: Way off track.

Holmes: Speaking of that Parvati, if you could align with a former player, who would it be?
Sly: That’s tough. I would not align with Tony. He was too good at lying and being (expletive deleted) up. Someone like Ozzy. Somebody who’s lovable, likable…if I was a bro with Ozzy, he and I would create some greatness together. He’s not so smart, I can pick up those IQ points. I can’t catch a fish? He’s out there doing it. Who better to have, but a likable, sweet-faced dude who’s not very bright to take you to the end.

Holmes: If there is a twist, what do you think it is?
Sly: I’m trying so hard not to make judgments about…oh, see those crabs over there? Those are the good ones…
Holmes: I was here for “Survivor: Nicaragua” four years ago and those were everywhere.
Sly: Those are the ones I’m going to put in the pot. You know how you get them out of the holes? Sorry, I’m getting excited. I want to play this (expletive deleted) game.
Holmes: You’re getting there.
Sly: Twists…I’m trying hard not to think of twists. I don’t want to set myself up for something that doesn’t happen. I want to be as malleable as possible. My best is in improv. My best is where everyone is freaking out and I get to hand them any card I choose. If there is a twist like boys vs. girls or old vs. young, I can always turn it to my advantage. We’ve got a nine-person tribe.  If it’s five guys and four girls, “Guys, we’ve got to make a men’s circle. We need to stick together the way no other ‘Survivor’ season has ever seen it.”  I love twists. How about that? When they happen I get excited. (Expletive deleted) yeah! They’re shaking things up! The person on the top is now on the bottom.
Holmes: You say that now, but what if you’re on top?
Sly: Maybe I’m on top and I’m getting lazy. New twist puts your head back into the game.

Holmes: What’re your first impressions of this cast?
Sly: I did this before, you know?
Holmes: How so?
Sly: I did finals casting before. I called the last season “The Bold and Beautiful.” And that was the Brains, Beauty, and Brawn. I had direct interaction with a lot of those people. They were lively, they showed their character. Some of it was a little Jerry Springer-esque. These people are either really hardcore players, which is going to make for an exciting season. Or, they’re dull and boring. I would like it to be a hardcore season. I want to be a part of season 30, the most intense season that ever aired. Just like “Survivor” season number one again. Holy (expletive deleted), we have all these all-new players who aren’t playing like everyone else. I don’t want people who are saying, “I want to play like Parvati,” like so many girls do. I’m really hoping that these people are not the dolts that get steamrolled. Cause that’s happened before and it’s boring.
Holmes: Seconded.
Sly: Right? I’m going to be the guy that gets voted out and says, “Are you (expletive deleted) kidding? Have fun you, idiots.”

Don’t miss the 90-minute premiere of “Survivor: Worlds Apart” on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 8 pm ET on CBS.

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