The all-new SAS: Who Dares Wins series airs weekly, with new head instructor Rudy Reyes taking over from Ant Middleton.
Reyes is a conservationist, martial arts instructor, actor, and former active-duty U.S. Marine, so it looks like he’s seen it all — so far.
In an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com, Reyes was asked if there was anything that particularly challenged him, and he talked about an event that happens in this week’s episode where the team were traveling with mules.
Reyes replied, “There’s an episode on the way where mules are crossing those cliffs. That was maybe the most dangerous thing to get there.
“These wild monsters – they say they’re domesticated – these wild animals, these dogs barking on these cliffs. Holy shit, I saw not only my life flash before my eyes, but the eyes of the recruits flashed before their eyes. And in between, the donkeys have sex breaks and all that.
“I mean, it was crazy. And now imagine you have cameramen running around. There were so many challenges. As a team, we handled it on camera, behind the camera and in our hearts and our souls.”
As to whether anything surprised him, Reyes admitted that some of his assumptions and preconceptions were challenged by rookies.
He said: “I’ll tell you something, I’ve been very surprised that some of the physically smaller people are doing so well. And I’ve learned to change some of my views on who I think may be in the special operations.”
Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Reyes also recently revealed that when he was approached for the role, he first thought he was being asked to be Ant Middleton’s assistant, before realizing that they wanted him for the top job.
Additional reporting by Grace Henry.
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