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Mike White Found Enlightenment by Competing on ‘Survivor’ — Where Even His Agent Couldn’t Find Him

 
 
 
Mike White Found Enlightenment by Competing on ‘Survivor’ — Where Even His Agent Couldn’t Find Him

Mike White’s agent was not thrilled to learn that he was disappearing off the grid for another reality TV adventure. The filmmaker, who had previously appeared on “The Amazing Race,” had finally achieved his dream of competing on “Survivor” — but that meant being completely unreachable for more than a month.

“It’s so funny, they’re literally the last to know,” White said of his reps at UTA. “You’re not supposed to tell anyone, but I told my boyfriend and my parents that I’m leaving. And literally a day before I leave, I gotta call my agents — and they’re not going to be happy about this.”

Once you’ve entered the game (which is shot in Fiji), there’s no exiting it — and just because White already knew Jeff Probst from Hollywood circles, it didn’t mean that he could borrow the host’s phone to check voicemails. And indeed, White’s UTA agent did try to track him down when a job offer came up during his “Survivor” absence.

“One of my agents just never got it,” he said. “She was trying to figure out how they could get me on the island. And I was like, ‘if they pull you to take a call, they’re pulling you out of the game. It’s over.’ I got back and got these messages, ‘Tracey Jacobs almost pulled you from the game to find out if you’d do a rewrite for this Paramount movie.’ I would have literally killed myself — and killed her!”

Despite all that, it was a dream fulfilled for White, whose credits include creating the HBO series “Enlightened” and writing films such as “School of Rock” (which he also appeared in) and “Pitch Perfect 3.” White had persistently hounded “Survivor” producers for years to let him on the show.

Tags: Survivor
Source: indiewire.com
 
 
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