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Don’t Forget the Editing: An Interview with Amanda & Chris from The Amazing Race 4Page 3
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RNO: On the flip side, Amanda, did you feel that Chris was picking on you or do you think that his constant "coaching" was a good way to motivate you? Was there a better way he could have gotten more out of you?
Amanda: He tried his best to get me to move harder and faster. I am glad that he did what he did because I was terribly tired and I was having a really tough time moving up that mountain. As a couple, we have been through a lot of trying times and this was one of them. But even through his yelling, didn't you see me stopping and smiling and laughing? We did our best and came in first and for that episode and that is what matters. Something he said must have worked, ham up.
RNO: Going from first to last place is a very hard pill to swallow. Was there really anything that you feel the two of you could have done differently that would have saved you during this leg of the race?
Amanda: There are so many things that we think of that could have changed the game, hindsight is 20/20. The hard part about racing is when you get eliminated, then you replay it over and over again on a daily basis. You dream it. You eat it. It is definitely maddening to have lost because I want to know when I am going to stop living the race. The first thing that we could have done differently was to have me go in the Masquerade ball, maybe I would have had better results. Or maybe I would have gone berserker on every body in there because Eyes Wide Shut freaked me out and this was similar. So a different outcome would have been had, but favorable – who knows? Second thing, when we were running around Venice looking for the Pallazo da Mosto just after getting off the gondolas, we were with Josh and Geez and the clowns. Josh stopped and yelled for us to wait because they had found it (which we didn't know at the time). We were headed in the right direction (we thought) so we kept running. Then within seconds we had turned down different alley ways and could not find our friends and we could not find the Pallazo da Mosto. We should have stopped, but shoulda coulda woulda. We ended up running around, tiring ourselves out, and occupying a negative attitude. Third thing, Josh and Geez invited us to cut in line while at the Masquerade ball (at the Pallazo da Mosto) and I said, 'No thanks,' like a dumb ass. Now that definitely would have changed things, especially if we would have brought Millie and Chuck and Al and Jon with us.
Chris: Yeah, for only screwing up one task, there were plenty of things that we could have changed. Cutting in line and taking Chillie and the Clowns with us would have rocked. That way we get all four of our teams in there (and no one else since they only allow four), take our sweet time, help each other find all the correct masks, plan our route to the pit stop, bullshit with the mask people, have a snack, and then come running outta that damn thing on our way to the check-in boat. The people that would have been left in line (three teams) would have lost their minds waiting for us to come out. And once we came out, they'd be left there to battle their anxiety and the task to avoid last place. That would have been quite a bold thing to pull off and we'd probably be the most hated group of people on reality TV. But it would be us using the alliance to its advantages and boning other teams over in the process. And honestly it would have been no worse than Chip/Reichen and Jeff/Dave blocking the doors at the train station. And pulling the other sh*t they pulled. If they can use their physicality to gain an advantage then I see no reason why we couldn't use our numbers and tight alliance to our advantage. What they did wasn't cheating and our plan wouldn't have been either. Another not so bold but still pretty smart thing we could have done was to go and talk to Steve and Dave at the Fast Forward. After they completed the task we could have gotten where the pit stop was from their clue and started planning out our route from Pallazo da Mosto to Pallazo Ducale. Being that the fast forward was a few hours before the road block, it would have worked out perfectly. Unfortunately we were deterred from exploring this option because our camera crew (along with almost all the others) were charging their batteries in the building the roadblock was in. And if you ain't got a camera crew you ain't going anywhere. So yeah, we could have done plenty of things differently to stay in the race. I suggest, to any future racers, that if you come up with a way that you can gain an advantage, hell yeah, go and do that sh*t. Because if you don't, you'll be kicking yourself later. Ham Up. Just go into it understanding what the consequences of your actions will be later.
RNO: Everyone keeps addressing Reichen and Chip as "the young, big guys." Were any teams aware that they were a gay married couple? What were your reactions when you found out?
Amanda: I think that everyone knew they were gay. They had matching wedding bands and Chris and I saw them sharing chapstick. They were keeping it a secret from us racers when I think that everyone would have been receptive if they wanted to tell us their relationship like we told ours. These days I would hope to think that the world is more kind or accepting to homosexuality, even though I know that isn't always the case from friends and family of mine that are gay. However, they knew what they were getting into with telling the show that they were married. They could have told us. Marriage is all about love, who cares what sex you are.
Chris: I think that most teams figured it out before we even got to the start at Dodger Stadium. I mean really, aside from the matching wedding bands, they wore matching vests, had matching backpacks and would wipe crumbs off of each other’s faces. It's pretty hard NOT to think something's up. I don't think a 'best friends' or 'brothers' team would act the way they did. And there's nothing wrong with them being gay. Hiding it and then acting like we're all going to hold it against them, so they need to fight back against 'the Heteros' is where the problem lies. I just think all their motivation for this race was aimed in the wrong direction. As far as everyone calling them the 'young, big guys' I'm not sure if I ever heard anyone referring to them as such. But if they did, it's probably because they didn't want to come right out with the 'gay couple' label for them. Labels are basically all we had to go on until we got to know a team, and labeling someone incorrectly certainly isn't something you want to do.<--Previous 1 2 3 4 Next-->
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