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TV land comes to Breck

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news
Summit Daily file photo/Reid WilliamsBreckenridge resident Scott Turner proved his courage in 2004, winning an episode of NBC's "Fear Factor" game show.
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BRECKENRIDGE – “It’s all for you, Christy, all for you.”Those were Scott Turner’s last words on the “Fear Factor,” after he won $50,000.In 2004, Breckenridge gained its fair share of television notoriety, with MTV scouting for “Real World” contestants, Captain Morgan shooting advertisements and Turner winning fame, fortune – and hopefully his soulmate – on national television.Turner, a part-time Breckenridge resident, dunked his head in smelly cheese, ate live grasshoppers, dived into a tank full of moray eels and drove a car onto a flatbed truck all for love.Two years prior, he fell head over heels for a woman he met at a reggae concert in California. After two hours, she disappeared, leaving him only with a first name – Christy.

He flew to California twice after the concert within a two-month time period and posted 2,000 fliers throughout Sacramento with the heading, “Desperately seeking Christy.””(Now) I just want to find Christy and find out where I go from here,” Turner said. “I’ve had my 15 minutes of fame. I’m done.”Rumor has it he found Christy, but he’s not listed in the phone book and his cell phone number no longer works, so the romantics-at-heart can only hope.Other locals didn’t fare as well in TV land.MTV came to the Salt Creek Restaurant & Saloon in January to cast a new crew for “The Real World.” The reality show portrays the emotion and explosive escapades of seven strangers who live and work together for five months.Usual post-teen angst reared its head while applicants drank beer and waited for their 20-minute group interview.

“I hate my town. I’m sick of being everything my parents want me to be, so it’s time to do something big,” said 22-year-old Fort Lupton resident Cris Hill.A small but strong Summit County contingent wanted to show the world what Summit’s all about.”‘The Real World’ has college kids whose biggest issue is ‘I don’t know what I’m doing with my life,’ when really, no one knows what they’re doing with their life,” said 22-year-old Breckenridge resident Scott Kees. “People in Summit County have a different mindset they can bring. We’re only here for a short time. You can’t let every little thing control your life. Go to work, pay rent, have fun.”He added if he were on the show, the first person to pass out would be duct-taped: “Summit County style, dude. We’ve all had it done to us.”Most Summit County residents stood out among their heavily made-up, curled- and kemp-haired city counterparts. Dressed mostly in baggy jeans, T-shirts and black sweatshirts, they came as they were.

And, they didn’t make the cut.But a few locals did catch their 60 seconds of fame with Captain Morgan Rum’s commercial shoot in October.Firefly Entertainment shot footage for six interstitials – content-driven advertisements ranging from one to three minutes in length – at local Breckenridge bars.The interstitials are running on national television through New Year’s Eve during “Fear Factor” on FX Network.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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