April 25, 2013 12:32 PM by Ryan Haidet
Malcolm Freberg is definitely the fan-favorite castaway on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites. After making major strategic (and entertaining!) moves this season, Malcolm, much to everybody’s disappointment, was voted out of the game when he couldn’t find another hidden Immunity Idol to save himself. But this adored, long-haired dude never planned on being so loved by fans. Not at all. Instead, Malcolm tells RealityTVMagazine that he initially planned on being a villain. Can you imagine Malcolm as a villain? I sure can’t! In an exit interview with reporters today, Malcolm also revealed why he actually quit digging for the hidden Immunity Idol and explained that he never intended on playing both Idols the night Phillip Sheppard was voted out of the game. What else did Malcolm have to say? Does he still chat with his Denise Stapley, his main ally who won Survivor: Philippines? Would he play the game again? Dig in and find out!
Question: You are clearly adored by viewers. How does it feel to be a true fan-favorite?
Malcolm Freberg: I was preparing to be a villain when I started. In all my interviews before the Philippines, I completely anticipated being a villain because I wanted to win so bad and planned on playing sneaky. But I was just being myself out there the entire time. What you see is me. That’s how I am sitting around the house. It’s unexpected, but I’m not gonna argue with it either. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a little nice.
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Question: When you were walking to the last Tribal Council, did you know you were about to have your torch snuffed or did you think somebody else was getting voted off?
Malcolm Freberg: I gave it a coin-flip shot. I knew if it came down to a three-three tie that I was toast. All my hopes were on Sherri at that point. I gave it roughly a 50-50. I worked it through my head a hundred different ways and that was my only shot. It wasn’t a blindside, but I wasn’t not expecting it.
Question: At the auction, you paid $480 for a clue to the whereabouts of another hidden Immunity Idol. As you were digging for the Idol at camp, Andrea suddenly showed up and you stopped your search. Why didn’t you just keep on digging despite her sitting there?
Malcolm Freberg: I dug so much before that. It just didn’t make the show. I had been digging for hours and hours. My hands were cut, bleeding, blisters oozing. I dug everywhere that I could think to dig and I was re-digging in places. So when she showed up it was pretty late in my hunt. At that point, I’m like “I’m not getting any work done like this.” It was more to at least make them (majority alliance) believe you might have it enough so they split the votes. So I kind of gave up when she got there because I had already looked so long.
Question: Had you not played both of your Idols at the prior Tribal Council to save Eddie, you would have been able to save yourself this time around. Do you wish you wouldn’t have given your second Idol away?
Malcolm Freberg: Yeah! The plan with that whole vote with Phillip was to not play either Idol. I wanted to get everyone so scared and get them to all jump on Phillip so me and Eddie wouldn’t get any votes. I would have just put the Idols back in my pocket. That was the plan, but it didn’t work out that way because Erik called it out. We were forced to play them. That was not the way I saw it going at all and it cost me down the road.
Question: Speaking of Eddie, can you please explain why so many castaways at the auction blow their cash on food instead of waiting for an item that could offer them a game advantage? After all, Eddie — the only of the Three Amigos with money left — didn’t even bid against Cochran for the Immunity challenge advantage.
Malcolm Freberg: I’m not an expert on this subject because I almost jumped out of my chair when I knew I had to buy something down the road (laughs). As far as Eddie goes, you gotta remember, we’re talking about a kid who doesn’t understand why the cute girls are getting voted out. He might not be like the best case study for strategic auction bidding. I can’t really go too much into the mind of Eddie (laughs). Sorry.
Question: Do you find it insulting that Cochran is boasting that he’s the best challenge competitor this season?
Malcolm Freberg: Insulting? No. It’s funny. I think he’s starting to believe it a little bit. It started as a joke and he’s starting to believe it. It was kind of like, “Oh, it’s so cute and funny at first.” Now it’s kind of ironic funny. But insulting? Nah. Let him have his fun.
Question: Since your first season didn’t air before you arrived on Survivor: Caramoan, your style of gameplay was a mystery. Were the other “Favorites” prodding you for information about yourself since none of them had seen you play?
Malcolm Freberg: Basically. I was like a specimen they were examining and studying the first couple days. I was trying to be as genuine and forthcoming with everything as possible just to make a good impression. I was just trying to survive that first vote. I wanted to make sure they weren’t scared I was Russell Hantz reincarnate who is just going to take over the game because nobody knew who I was.
Question: How much time did you have between competing on Survivor: Philippines and Survivor: Caramoan?
Malcolm Freberg: I had roughly two weeks off and that was it. Right back out.
Question: Was there any concern going into the second season that the amount of time off was so short?
Malcolm Freberg: I knew it was gonna be short. I wasn’t so worried about the physical or mental health or anything like that. I was just more concerned what my disadvantages and advantages were going to be when I actually got out there on the beach on day one.
Question: How would you compare the experience on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites to your time on Survivor: Philippines?
Malcolm Freberg: The Philippines was miserable weather and I ended up playing with a lot of older people toward the end. I love Denise to this day and I still talk to Lisa (Whelchel) all the time, but they weren’t like peers. This time around it felt like it was a much younger crowd. The weather was nice. Even though we were going at each others’ throats strategically, we’re all laughing about it the whole time. There’s a young, fun feel to Caramoan.
Question: Have you talked to Denise about your time on this season?
Malcolm Freberg: I talk to Denise pretty regularly. I got a voicemail from her while I was on the phone about an hour ago. Me and Denise still talk all the time. She’s enjoying living vicariously through me right now. She’ll be the first one to critique anything I do.
Question: Would you go back for a third time?
Malcolm Freberg: Yeah. Since I haven’t won there’s still that fire, that need to win, to prove to myself that I can do it. It would be hard not to go back.
What do you think of what Malcolm had to say in this interview? Did any of his comments surprise you? Why do you think Malcolm was such a compelling character? Do you think he could have won the game had he survived this last vote? Did you enjoy watching him more this season or last season? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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