An intense game of “Red Light, Green Light” sent one contestant running into a wall while others lost their limbs in freezing conditions in a British aircraft hangar.
Competitors in the real-life “Squid Game” are unexpectedly faced with real life-or-death situations.
The day reported that the cast of Netflix’s reality competition series “Squid Game: The Challenge” needed medical attention while filming in freezing weather in an airplane hangar. According to The Sun, the 456 people competing for the $4.56 million prize played the “Red Light, Green Light” game, also known as “statues,” in minus 3 degrees Celsius, roughly 26 degrees Fahrenheit. The contestants had to remain completely still during the game, some of them could not move their legs due to the cold.
Production on the series began on 23 January at Cardington Studios in Bedford, England. Netflix reportedly gave contestants hand warmers and thermal underwear to wear in the freezing weather.
Fewer than five players required medical attention. One competitor also injured his shoulder after accidentally hitting the wall.
“You could hear someone shouting ‘doctor’ and the crew running on,” a source told The Sun. “We ended up standing there for 30 minutes between takes.”
A Netflix spokesperson said Species“We care deeply about the health and safety of our cast and crew and have invested in all appropriate safety procedures. Although it was very cold on set – and the participants were prepared for it – the claims of serious injuries are not true.”
Variety added that only 288 contestants advanced after the initial “Red Lantern, Green Lantern” challenge and will continue through the rest of the game.
“Squid Game: The Challenge” was first announced in June 2022 after the Emmy-winning Korean drama series set a record. “The Challenge” is the biggest reality competition series ever, with historic prize money. “Squid Game: The Challenge” is a co-production of ITV Studios’ Studio Lambert (“The Circle”) and The Garden (“24 Hours in A&E”).
“Squid Game” creator Hwang Dong-hyuk supported the reality show twist.
“I think even though our show carries a pretty heavy message — and I know there’s some concern about taking that message and creating a reality show with a cash prize,” Hwang said backstage at the 2022 Emmys. “However, I feel that taking things too seriously is not the best way to be in the entertainment industry. It doesn’t really set much of a precedent.”
“Squid Game” Season 2 is coming soon to Netflix.
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