‘THAT’S ME WITH THE VOLUME TURNED UP’
If you think the tough guy act is just that when it comes to Mark “The Beast” Labbett, think again.
The Chase Australia’s UK import is most certainly affable to interview, but when it comes to sticking it to his competition on the quiz show, Labbett assures us his aggressive streak is in no way scripted.
“I remember seeing a biography on ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, the American wrestler, and somebody came up with one of those little aphorisms, which is perfect: the best wrestlers are themselves with the volume turned up. And I thought, ‘well that’s me with the volume turned up’,” the Oxford alum told Switched On.
His pot-stirring and potty mouth have made him an infamous character on the UK series, when the censors allow, bringing the same spirit of menace and mischief to the Australian series.
Comparing the contestants, Labbett drew on his experiences playing sport against Aussies for 30 years.
“There was a bit of sledging but not abuse and that was that. It’s just that every once in a while I wanted someone to be a little nastier so you could get in the hunt with them, but they were too nice to play against,” the 51-year-old said.
Besides packing his game face, he also boned up on Australian trivia, finding our tumultuous political scene a little difficult to keep up with, joking: “I’m not too bad on prime ministers now, but keeping up with that seems like a national sport.”
With a masters in mathematics to his credit, and a reputation as one of the best q quiz champions in the world, Labbett knows there’s a target on his back — with the ratings success of the Channel 7 show only growing interest from the audience to take him on.
“As it’s getting to be a bigger show, we’re getting a wider range of contestants because p people now want to come on it,” L Labbett said.
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