Emmy award-winning producer Ethan Prochnik (Deadliest Catch) discusses what led Undertow Films to the underground sport of arm wrestling for Game of Arms, a new original series premiering Tue., Feb. 25 10/9c on AMC.
Q: How did the subculture of arm wrestling capture your attention?
A: When we started meeting the team members, it was the first time we saw characters who compared to the skippers on Deadliest Catch. There’s an old-school American gunslinger quality they both shared. These guys saw themselves as Olympians and couldn’t understand why no one cared about their sport.
A: They’re not hungry for media attention. They’re waiting for everyone to catch up. That’s what made them interesting, that they were these epic warrior athletes who weren’t surprised by the interest. They carry themselves like champion boxers.
Q: For better or worse, Over the Top is probably arm wrestling’s greatest exposure to date. Are you feeling pressure to right past wrongs?
A: There’s a certain generation of guys between 25 and 35 where that movie had some impact. For them, they’ll see it through that lens. For everyone else, it’s a clean slate. We felt it would be quirky, but seeing the violence of it made us realize this is no joke. It’s a lot closer to Raging Bull than Over the Top.
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