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Survivor: Nicaragua - Exclusive Interview with Marty Piombo

Posted on 11/11/2010 by Gina in Survivor and Cast Interviews

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Marty Piombo from Survivor: Nicaragua


by Gina Scarpa


Last night, on Survivor: Nicaragua, the battle between Marty and Jane raged on. Marty tried to rally the men to throw votes at NaOnka, in order to get her to flush the idol, and blindside Jane. Jane, on the other hand, continued to remain tight with Chase and the other women, convincing them that Marty had to go now. In the end, Jane prevailed and Marty was blindsided at camp. Today, we spoke to him an exclusive interview about his experiences in the game and his opinions on his fellow contestants.


Q.Gina, RealityWanted: What made you decide to try out for Survivor this season?
A. Marty: I got talked into it by a good friend of mine who is a huge Survivor fan. I made a quick, 60 second video and uploaded it. I did two takes with him in Tahoe and I never thought anything of it. About 6 weeks later, I got a call.


Q.Gina, RealityWanted: Did you do any preparation before heading into the game?
A. Marty: Physically, I didn't change anything. For me, I had lost a lot of weight already. I didn't step up anything.


Q.Gina, RealityWanted: What was your reaction when you found out the tribes would be split up by age?
A. Marty: I kind of liked that. I thought I could get along with the older people better. It's what you know. Jimmy Johnson was a little bit of a wild card. He's a class act and a super person. Jimmy's strategy was one that was going to employ alliances. That became threatening. If you're not on my alliance, you're against my alliance. The way others were gravitating towards them would've indicated that that would not have been a good thing. At some point, I knew there was going to be a tribal switch and I saw people embrace him over there. I could tell they'd be googoo gaga over him. That could not have gone good for me. Take it for what it's worth but it was a unanimous vote.


Q.Gina, RealityWanted: In his blog on EW.com, Jeff Probst criticized you for leading the charge to get Jimmy Johnson out and said it was not a smart move. What is your take on that?
A. Marty: I don't think it's accurate. I think it would've been good for Jimmy Johnson to stay in this game. I think I was being portrayed as an egomaniac, arrogant player. If Jimmy Johnson approached me and said let's play together, I would've been ecstatic. I think I could've counted on him and he would've been a man of his word.


Q.Gina, RealityWanted: What made you decide to team up with Benry and Fabio?
A. Marty: I just think they were more receptive to me. I made a commitment to Brenda and Sash that I was going to remain loyal to La Flor and I was. I never strayed. I played this game to my word.


Q.Gina, RealityWanted: You're tight with Fabio so maybe you can give me some perspective on him. Is he as dumb as he seems because as the weeks go on, I think he's getting smarter!
A. Marty: I think my sense of him is that, for sure, there's a lot more going on upstairs with Fabio than he's letting on. I think it's great gameplay. It's fantastic. He's a great guy. I wanted to be around good, smart people that would play hard.


Q.Gina, RealityWanted: Before tribal, there was talk of voting for NaOnka to flush the idol out. Yet, no one voted for her. What happened and what changed?
A. Marty: I think the cat was out of the bag. This is my estimate here. Brenda and Sash had to turn and go with the other group. They spilled the beans as to what the strategy really was. I think NaOnka is kinda vindictive and has a mean streak. She enjoys tribal as a platform to speak and be outspoken. She took pot shots at me knowing I was going home. That's all I can gather.


Q.Gina, RealityWanted: What are you taking into consideration for a winner as a jury member?
A. Marty: You have your favorites in terms of people who you like and how they played the game. You watch how they continue to play the game and see if it aligns with what your expectations of those people were. It's a pretty dynamic process. With each episode, you find out more and more because people come onto the jury and there are more experiences you don't see.



Survivor: Nicaragua airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS.


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