MTV's "Wildboyz" film in San Pedro

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 37            October 9, 2003

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The cast and crew of MTV (Music Television) visited San Pedro last week to film episodes of their newest show "WILDBOYZ," a spin-off of MTV's highly-acclaimed and most outlandish program, "Jackass."

    Belize's Fer-De-Lance Production Company was contracted to arrange the production and filming while in country. The over 10-member crew was accompanied by the show's main stars, Steve-O and Chris Pontius. Arriving in Belize on Wednesday, October 1st, the MTV crew met with Suzette Zayden, Fer-De-Lance Production Facilitator to discuss the filming in Belize. Also joining the Belizean crew was San Pedro resident Paul Dux who also doubled as production assistant for the shoot.

    "WILDBOYZ" Steve-O and Chris are known for engaging in outrageous acts that have left program viewers begging for more. Described as a "nonsense" show, this television series is said to help viewers break away from the serious side of life. The "WILDBOYZ" production crew decided to film in Belize, as well as Costa Rica to show their audience the exotic flora and fauna, as well as the rich cultures that are abundant in these countries. Belizean footage was shot in Ambergris Caye, Banana Bank, Punta Gorda, Community Baboon Sanctuary, at The Belize Zoo and The Great Blue Hole, as well as other areas of the country.

    While in "La Isla Bonita," the "WILDBOYZ" chose the Pier Lounge's "World Famous Chicken Drop" as one of their featured spots. Tourists and locals alike witnessed Steve-O's interpretation of this game involving a live chicken that left the spectators with "mouths wide open." After production finished for the day, the MTV group indulged in the scrumptious Caribbean and Mexican cuisine served at Caliente Restaurant. The fun continued on Thursday when the Amigo's Del Mar Dive Shop staff escorted the MTV crew to Belize's Great Blue Hole where other antics were photographed.

    The date set to launch this new MTV television series is October 26th. The Belize episode is scheduled to air on SP Channel 21 approximately four or five weeks after the launch date. Stay tuned for this hilarious episode when"WILDBOYZ" discovers "Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret."
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