THE LAST WORD... ‘ again ’ We’d like to never work to­gether


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“TOMORROW is my last day of shoot­ing MythBusters and we’ve got some very large kind of spec­tac­u­lar ex­plo­sions for the fi­nal send-up. We’re re­vis­it­ing the ce­ment-truck dy­na­mite myth but this time we’re do­ing it with many times more ex­plo­sives. Be­cause we (Hyne­man and co-host Adam Sav­age) can.

We’ve been on for 14 years, which has got to be some­thing of a record, and we wanted to go out strong.

The na­ture of the myths has changed: when it started it was pri­mar­ily ur­ban leg­ends and then we started do­ing apho­risms and say­ings and movie myths, so it got broader. Per­son­ally I’m more into science and engi­neer­ing types of things, not so much into test­ing StarWars myths. We did an episode test­ing lightsabers that I per­son­ally found a bit of a stretch.

Usu­ally we do the math to de­ter­mine the likely out­come. A lot of times the more sur­pris­ing stuff is the lit­tle things that hap­pen. The myth about whether ele­phants are fright­ened of mice, which is some­thing on the face of it you would say, ‘Of course they’re not; a mouse is in scale like a flea to us – why would it be afraid of it?’

We tested that, the ele­phant came along and we were just hop­ing the mouse wouldn’t get squished. But it was like watch­ing a car­toon.

The ele­phant sees the mouse and braces on all fours, backs up and lit­er­ally tip toes around the mouse to the side be­fore con­tin­u­ing. We were just gob­s­macked.

If I had one word to de­scribe how I feel at never hav­ing to work with Sav­age again it’d be re­lief.

Adam and I have known each other for more than 25 years and we’ve never once sat down to have din­ner alone to­gether. There are a lot of things we have in com­mon in terms of our at­ti­tudes and in­ter­ests and there are a lot of things we don’t and what’s kept the re­la­tion­ship work­able is we both try to main­tain a healthy sense of re­spect for each other and for what we bring to the ta­ble. So even though we’d both like noth­ing bet­ter than to never have to work to­gether again at all, it’s been a very pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ship.

We’re both ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers of an un­ti­tled new scripted TV se­ries for CBS and in that sense we will be work­ing to­gether some, but largely as cre­ative in­put on the se­ries. I’m not at lib­erty to give away the plot but it’s go­ing to astonish quite a few peo­ple when it comes out. It’s go­ing to be very ac­tion-ad­ven­ture with a lot of tech and engi­neer­ing in­volved.“

Fi­nal myth: Adam Sav­age and Jamie Hyne­man.

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