Thursday, September 10, 2009

Spotlight on Russell Hantz

Russell Hantz (36)
Hometown: Dayton, Texas
Occupation: Oil Company Owner

Russell Hantz’s personality speaks for itself when he proudly displays a missing tooth that he refuses to fix! This married father of four is visually memorable. Standing tall at only 5’6”, he is built like a brick house with a bald head. At 200 pounds of pure muscle, Russell’s solid figure and sharp tongue has helped him carve out a multi-million dollar business in the oil-tanking industry

A huge SURVIVOR fan, this self-made man built his business from scratch by working hard, speaking his mind and stepping on anyone who got in his way. Russell won’t apologize for his style of game play either saying, “I’m not going out there to make friends. I’m just not doing it. But everybody is going to think I’m their best friend, because I’m just such a lovable character.”

Russell can’t wait to get in the competition and show “these morons how it’s done” and he “plans to play the game dirtier, smarter and more cunning than anyone can imagine.” It is those skills that have allowed him to achieve his biggest accomplishment in life and that is being able to provide for his family.

Russell is married with four children and currently resides in Dayton, Texas. His birth date is October 10th

From Daily TV Examiner:

Name: Russell Hantz
Age: 36
Location: Dayton, Texas
Occupation: Oil company owner
Tribe: Foa Foa (yellow buff)

Strengths: Russell is one of the closest things "Survivor" has ever seen to pure evil. He's sly, cocky, manipulative, and promises to get everyone on his tribe to do exactly what he wants them to. He also has one other major advantage: he's real. You never get the impression that he is simply "playing up" his personality for the cameras (as you occasionally got with Tyson from "Survivor: Tocantins"). He could make some real friends out there and form an extremely powerful alliance.

Weaknesses: There's no easy way to say it: Russell is vicious. If anyone finds out that he is really the one pulling the strings then he will be in serious trouble. Russell is built like a tank, but it is yet to be seen if this muscle definition will lead to him being a strong player come challenge time. He doesn't have the easygoing personality of some of the other people in this game, and this could lead to other fights down the road.

Past "Survivor" comparison: Think about any major "Survivor" villain in the past and you have Russell. He's a bit more Southern than Richard Hatch, not as loopy as Jerri from "Survivor: Australia," and doesn't complain about needing a cigarette as much as Shane did during "Survivor: Exile Island." Probably the closest comparisons for Russell are Brian from "Survivor: Thailand" and Chris from "Vanuatu."

L to R Brian from Survivor Thailand and Chris from Survivor Vanuatu

Prediction: We know through Jeff Probst that this season features "one of the best villains" the show has ever seen. All signs point to this "villain" being Russell. He's diobolical, cocky, and has the tools to go very far. My guess is that in order to be a great villain, he's got to stick around for a while. Russell won't win "Survivor: Samoa," but he will be around untill the final five.

From Reality TV Calendar Stimpy's Take on Russell:

Stimpy’s Thoughts:
Every season, there’s one contestant who claims that they’re going to show up and doing bigger, badder and better than anyone has done before.

And yet, if you ask people like myself to list the best winners of the game, two names that get tossed around are Hatch and Heidik. Folks, that’s the season one winner and the season five winner.

This is installment nineteen.

So, how many of those prophecies came true?

Yeah, so that immediately causes me some concern.

Now there’s a chance Russell could pull it off, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

That being said, if he’s got any chance in hell, he’s got to rethink his whole ‘I’m not out there to make friends’ spiel.

While I totally agree with that sentiment, you’ve got to at least make them think that you’re friends, and just being a ‘lovable character’ might not be enough to cut it.

Going into this game with the ‘I’m not here to make friends’ thought process isn’t the worst thing in the world, but you should at least be open to the possibility, because it can come in handy if you can keep your eye on the prize.

Just look back at Micronesia . Again, dumb-ass Ozzy was stunned that Parvati would throw away their friendship by voting him out. Whereas Parvati didn’t view it as ending the friendship, rather she was eliminating a threat that stood between her and the prize at the end.

Friends are nice, but a million dollars is also nice. And, chances are if you have a million dollars you can get new friends.

So, while I applaud Russell for his convictions in that regard, because they can be a necessary tool to win this game, his complete devaluing of what benefit ‘friends’ can be in this game is a bit concerning.

Not to mention all those prophecies about just how damn good he’s gonna be.

That’s always a red flag.

However, it should be noted that Russell just may be that best villain ever that the producers are promising us, 'cause he does seem like he has the ability to be a world-class prick.

My Take:

Personally I enjoy watching a darn good villain! To me they add a much more exciting edge to the series. I for one predict Russell will make it far in this game. While watching the video what I see is someone ready to play a game and ready to turn things on their head! There is no mistaking that Russell is there to do just that. Which makes him a fun cast member to watch for sure. I predict he will make it very close to the end. My tentative placement Final 4.

I will be watching Russell very closely this season on Survivor Samoa.

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