Each week all season long, I’ll chat with Brother Vs. Brother producer Loren Ruch about his favorite on-set moments and what you didn’t see on TV. This week: Was Adi really that calm? And, what was behind the team switcheroo decision? Read on to find out.
Blog reader Deb asks, “Are there safety rules the contestants are required to follow while working in the homes? I see a lot of jewelry (on both genders) that would not have been allowed on construction projects I managed years ago. That got me wondering more about safety in general.”
You better believe it! We are fanatical about safety on our set. Goggles and masks must be warn when appropriate, and we have a general contractor on site making sure that no one is operating any equipment in a way that seem obviously dangerous. It’s always my personal goal to have an injury-free season.
Moving Rick to Team Drew was quite the twist! What was behind the decision to even out the teams? How did the teams adjust to the change?
This decision came purely from Drew and Jonathan. They didn’t want ‘gameplay’ to take the place of a good fair competition. So instead of having terribly unbalanced teams, they wanted all of the contestants to have an equal chance of proving themselves. I have to say that I agreed wholeheartedly with their decision to do this.
Did the two homes have an identical layout? The upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms had many of the same features.
They were basically the same home. There were some differences in finishes, etc., but for all intents and purposes they were extremely similar to each other.
Adi’s leg wound looked pretty serious, but he appeared to handle it amazingly well. Was he that calm and cool on the set?
Ironically, no. There’s one shot in the show where he looks strangely calm, but in reality I think he was about to faint! He did recover quickly, but it was tense there for a moment!
What was the most memorable or funniest moment from the set of episode four?
It’s a very little thing but my favorite moment was shooting our web tosses with JD and the Brothers. There were outtakes galore, and often we needed to reshoot perfectly good takes because the crew was laughing so hard.
Have a question for Loren? Ask him in the comments below — he may just answer you next week!