Originally Posted by sonnik
Having never watched Man vs. Wild - I'm wondering if Man vs. Wild is more stunt oriented?
Les seems to drive home the point that boredom, isolation, bad decisions are what really kills you. In other words, I'm led to believe that Les is more of an expert on the "science" of survival.
The impressions I get from what I'm aware of in Man vs. Wild - it's more outrageous and stunt oriented. Am I right?
Man vs Wild was outed, with the host staying in hotels at night. While Les is truly alone in the wilderness, Bear Grylls was worried about what to order from room service.
From the Wikipedia entry:
In 2006, a New Survivor crew member admitted that some scenes in episodes were misleading, indicating to viewers that Grylls was stranded in the wild alone when he was not. The issue of scenes being manipulated was also raised by Mark Weinert, a U.S. survival consultant. One example he gave was of a raft allegedly being put together by team members before being taken apart so Grylls could be filmed building it. Other scenes that have been criticised include:
Grylls was shown trying to lasso "wild" mustang in the Sierra Nevada that were in fact tame and had been hired from a trekking station nearby.
A scene filmed for another show in which a crew member wore a bear suit to simulate a bear attack due to inability finding a tame bear.
A scene where Grylls was purported to have escaped from an active volcano by leaping across lava, avoiding poisonous sulphur dioxide gas, was actually enhanced with special effects, using hot coal and smoke machines.
Similarly, another episode gave viewers the impression that Grylls "was a 'real life Robinson Crusoe' stuck on a desert island", while in reality he was on an outlying part of the Hawaiian archipelago and retired to a motel at night.