Forged In Fire

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Sea­son 2 His­tory (*186) 20:30 Re­al­ity

As re­al­ity show Forged In Fire’s (2015cur­rent) con­tes­tants com­pete to make his­tor­i­cal weapons, host Wil Wil­lis brings his real-life com­bat ex­per­tise to the ta­ble – he’s a for­mer United States Army Ranger and learnt to fight with a bay­o­net. “When you’re part of a show, you’re a cog in a big­ger wheel, just like you are in the mil­i­tary. It’s a struc­tured thing, so it trans­lates well for me,” says Wil. He also loves his in­struc­tor’s role, adding, “As an in­struc­tor in the mil­i­tary, talk­ing to peo­ple and teach­ing is a big part of my back­ground, so I’m learn­ing a lot and I feel like the au­di­ence is too.”

The 41-year-old was born on a mili1

tary base near Por­tu­gal and moved around the US un­til his army dad re­tired when Wil was in high school.

His Twit­ter nick­name whiskey_ 2

whiskey is his ini­tials (WW) in the NATO pho­netic al­pha­bet.

Wil says that For­rest Gump (1994) 3

is one of his favourite war movies. “What is your mis­sion? To do what­ever you tell me to,” he quotes Tom Hank’s fa­mous char­ac­ter. “Most mil­i­tary guys op­er­ate in that ca­pac­ity.”

The Forged In Fire host de­scribes 4

him­self as an “uber-nerd” who’s read a lot of sword and sor­cery books.

De­spite his tough-guy mil­i­tary 5

back­ground, he’s not a fan of pain and tweeted about hav­ing a tat­too re-moved this year: “I wanna punch my 20-year-old self in the face!” he wrote.

The hard­est part of host­ing the 6

show for hy­per­ac­tive Wil is stand­ing still in one place for the cam­eras.

Forged In Fire has also taught Wil 7

to make his own blades and push him to get more in­volved be­hind the scenes. He’s cur­rently study­ing screen­writ­ing in the LA Film Academy’s three­year pro­gramme.

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