Matt and Nathan Leone
Who were you expecting to be your toughest competitor? Did that hold true?
Matt: Probably those cowboys because as I understood it, they make money
by being triathletes, competing in events. Whereas I on the other hand make money sleeping in, surfing the internet and occasionally playing a gig or two. They were physically superior to us, but that proved to be irrelevant because standing at 5 foot 6 inches tall, it came down to a little thing called heart. Cowboys are all talk.
Nathan: Mathew was pretty afraid of the cowboys, but I was more concerned about not being beaten by a girl. To be honest, I wasn't that worried about the competition, not because I was scared to win or lose, but more because I was just there to have a good time.
What stunt was the most challenging for you and why?
Matt: The cow trench was the most challenging because it was cold, barbaric and sinister.
Nathan: The oil tanker truck because I am claustrophobic and can't swim very well.
Did you have any phobias going into the competition?
Matt: Yes, all of them, but most of all, I was afraid of my hair looking bad and my chest hair growing out.
Nathan: Yeah, I'm afraid of everything: heights, bugs, spiders, snakes, water....mirrors.......cowboys....
Were you discouraged when the cowboys won the first $25,000 stunt, half of the grand prize?
Matt: I thought I didn't care about the show the whole time until we lost. It reminded me of being a sore loser as a kid; I'd get grouchy. And it certainly lit a match under our romps to win the final stunt.
Nathan: I really shanked that stunt and thought the ride was kind of over at that point, which would have sucked because after jumping out of the helicopter and eating all that stuff, I wanted to walk away with as much money as I could.
Other than winning, what was the best part about your Fear Factor experience?
Matt: To stand up and be triumphant over meatheads. We put rockers on the scoreboard against the meatheads.
Nathan: Joe Rogan. Joe Rogan was awesome. After the cattle pit stunt, I puked, and Joe doesn't know this, but he walked right through it. I thought that was poetic injustice.
What will you do with the $25,000?
Matt: I am going to buy a penguin from San Tiago, Chile. That will set me back 6 grand. I might name him, "Mr. Cowboy..." Thanks to Capital One, there'll be plenty more green to dish out.
Nathan: I think I'll just blow it all on a TV-Spring-Breaky vacation.
Did having a partner encourage you or make you nervous because you had to depend on them?
Matt: It was great...memories are most effective when you can share them with someone else. We walked away with a great experience and a bit of badattude
Nathan: I was indifferent to having a partner, although Matt certainly carried the bulk of the weight and at the end of the day, I still got 50 percent of the winnings.