Dwayne Thompson, Fear Factor's newest champ, talks about the body bag stunt that sent his competitors fleeing! Plus, find out what his plans are for the cash.
What was your first impression of your competitors?
I thought they were very polite and funny. Relative to their competitiveness, I felt that Aaron was my biggest threat.
As everyone kept failing the first stunt, did you think you'd be able to do it?
I have to admit that seeing everyone else fail was kind of discouraging. However, I just focused on my objective. I let my request be known to GOD and from that, I knew that at least the first $25 G's were mine!
What was being trapped in that body bag and plunged into the water like?
Oh, man! It was outrageous! It was hard to see anything, because the plastic compressed against my face as soon as I was plunged into the freezing water. I felt like a frozen chicken in a Ziploc freezer bag being thawed out in cold water. From now on, I won't be freezing chicken anymore!
You made it look so easy! What was your strategy?
My strategy was to stay calm, not panic, and try to feel for the key hole to unlock the handcuffs as the bag was equalizing.
Can you describe the smell of the millipedes, worms and roaches?
It's undefined in the dictionary as to how it smelled in that tank! If I had to describe it, I would say that it smelled like pure red beans, chicken, and grits that someone vomited 10 years ago. [As for] the Madagascar cockroaches, the taste was awful. As I was scooping them up with my mouth, I started to gag because they were trying to crawl down to the back of my throat. As for the millipedes, I was able to tolerate them because of their spicy taste-which was cool for me being from New Orleans where every food you eat is spicy.
Were you somewhat relieved you didn't have to actually eat the bugs?
Yes, I was very relieved because the night before I was complaining to my wife about my sore throat. It would have been very hard to swallow anything.
Were you glad you were up against Aaron, or would you have rather
gone against one of the girls?
I wasn't really glad to go up against Aaron because he was one of the better competitors. However, it did present me with the opportunity to get him out of the way before the finals.
Did going last on the final stunt give you an advantage?
I don't think it gave me an advantage, in my opinion, I think it was a disadvantage. I had to nervously wait my turn and watch the other competitors complete the stunt. If I had gone first, I think I would have done better, because I would have been really pumped up.
How did you miss that one flag?!
That was so crazy. I guess I was so focused on finishing the stunt that I totally overlooked it.
Did knowing that you already won $25,000 take some of the pressure off?
No, because I still had to compete with the same individuals who were in high gear to take my other half of the $50,000. Most of all, I wanted to be named the Fear Factor champion and hear Joe say, "Evidently Fear is not a Factor for You!"
Any big plans for the total cash winnings of $50k?
Of course! I plan to pay off my two vehicles and invest wisely for my family's future.