TAK­ING ON DOLPH

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - JES­SICA WAL­FORD Re­porter jes­sica.wal­ford@waleson­line.co.uk

ATEAM from South Wales had a once in a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence when they faced off against a Hol­ly­wood su­per­star in South Africa for a new TV game show.

Levi Par­ris, 30, and his “Happy Val­leys” team­mates – brother Jake, 21, step­dad Ron­ald, 49, and Jake’s boyfriend To­mas, 26 – made a 8,000-mile trip to be part of new ITV4 show Take the Tower.

It chal­lenges mem­bers of the pub­lic to a com­bi­na­tion of phys­i­cal chal­lenges and quiz ques­tions in­spired by clas­sic Hol­ly­wood ac­tion movies to win cash prizes and a lux­ury hol­i­day to New York.

And if that wasn’t tough enough, at the end of the chal­lenges teams have to face Dolph Lund­gren, right, star of Rocky IV, Uni­ver­sal Soldier and The Ex­pend­ables block­busters.

In each episode, Lund­gren chal- lenges a team to a se­ries of games in­spired by clas­sic ac­tion movies – whether that’s nav­i­gat­ing across a touch sen­si­tive alarmed floor, through steep, slip­pery vents, be­ing trapped in an ex­plod­ing toi­let or tak­ing paint­ball bul­lets from their friends and fac­ing Dolph in a shoot out. Teams must fight their way up 53 storeys and make it all the way to the Pent­house alive. But fail a task and there’s only one way down.

Team mem­ber Levi Par­ris, 30, from Ely, Cardiff, said: “It was bril­liant. It was a lot of hard work and a tight sched­ule but the whole ex­pe­ri­ence was ex­cel­lent.”

For film­ing, the team spent 12 days in South Africa.

And what about meet­ing Dolph?

“I was sort of star-struck,” Levi said. “I was re­ally ner­vous. I didn’t know what to say. But he was re­ally nice. It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Lund­gren, who is in Rocky film Creed 2 com­ing out later this year, said: “It’s al­ways great to be close to your fans. To do some­thing to­gether with them, to share some­thing – es­pe­cially some kind of con­test. I kind of ap­pre­ci­ate my role as an ac­tor and an en­ter­tainer to make peo­ple feel good. That’s what I have done for years now and it feels nice to get the re­wards of it.”

The team, from Cardiff and Caer­philly, is in the first show on Tues­day at 9pm on ITV4.

RAQUEL FER­NAN­DES

To­mas, Ron­ald, Levi and Jake

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