Random Reality – Interview with Survivor: Micronesia's Ozzy Lusth







It seemed like you got a little too confident and comfortable the other night.

Ozzy Lusth: Ya think!? How observant of you.

How much of a shock was it?

OL: On the scale of what?

Give me a 10 scale, 1 to 10.

OL: 75 million.

You seemed a little less confident going into voting last night. Did you have any idea that this would happen?

OL: I thought there was a chance. I had to take a risk and see if I could make it to one more Tribal Council and I couldn’t, you know, because the rules of the Immunity Idol changed. You had to play it in between the voting and the having the votes read. Really, it’s a gamble any way you look at it. If you play it and you weren’t right, then the next time you go, you’re pretty much done. But, you know, I should have played it. That’s the biggest mistake that I made.

Basically, you’re only competition was Jason and more often than not, you would have won the immunity challenges. You should have used it.

OL: Yeah, I know. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

Did you try that betel nut stuff?

OL: Yeah, I did.

What actually happens?

OL: It’s like island crack. You saw Erik. He threw up. He couldn’t handle it. Yeah, it’s kind of like a stimulant. Like nicotine or chewing tobacco.

I thought he got sick from the beer.

OL: No. It was the betel nut.

Everyone is bummed that you went out so early.

OL: I am as well.

Did you actually bring the Hidden Immunity Idol to Tribal Council?

OL: I brought it in spirit. It was there in spirit.

What happened to it? Didn’t you say that you were going to put it in your bag?

OL: Yeah, but I just didn’t do it. I kind of, I just didn’t do it. I should have. I really should have and I… it was a stupid mistake.

Is it legal if someone else finds it, can they play it later?

OL: No. Because I didn’t give it to anyone. If I’d given it to somebody, that would have been different, but now the idol will be wiped clean and they’ll hide a new one and have new rules and everything.

Where’s the idol today?

OL: I have no idea. It could be anywhere. I still have it in spirit. I think I’m going to carve a new one.

That worked pretty good last time.

OL: You’ll be able to get signature Ozzy carved idols on my web site. Just go and I’ll carve you one.

That was the funniest Survivor moment ever. It’s just a stick!

OL: Exactly! It wasn’t just a stick. I spent hours putting very minute detail into it to fool and it worked! Although Eliza saw right through it.

What about your romance with Amanda?

OL: Yeah? What do you want to know?

Was that calculated? Was it spontaneous? Did you think about the risks?

OL: It was pretty much spontaneous. It just kind of happened. It was like Jungle Fever, I guess.

Did you consider that you would be viewed as a couple and they would be gunning for me?

OL: No. I think we did a pretty good job, in the beginning, of staying away from that. It slowly got a little more apparent. But still, like we… a lot of people, they sort of like cuddled with each other. It’s not just me and her, but other couples would cuddle with each other. That’s only to keep warm because you need… we all sleep next to each other and it just kind of happened out of that because we have to stay very close to each other to maintain a certain body temperature. That’s kind of how it came about.

What’s your relationship with her today?

OL: We’re still dating.

Is she the one?

OL: I don’t know. It’s kind of like, you just one of those things. Just taking it day by day.

If you had been in Jason’s shoes, would you have taken that promise and stepped down?

OL: No.

If you could see the possibility of lying to Jason’s face, why didn’t you think it could happen to you?

OL: Because Jason and I didn’t know each other from another Survivor. We didn’t have a relationship. We weren’t friends. Parvati was my friend. It’s like we had had the experience of the Cook Islands and I, she lives right nearby myself, so we had a relationship. We were friends outside of the game. We were friends going into the game. I didn’t think that she would do that.

Does it hurt a bit more to get voted out by people who you consider pretty closet you?

OL: I think you know the answer to that! Of course! I mean it’s like if your friend decided to screw you over to get a little cash. That’s basically the exact same equivalent.

Wouldn’t you have done the same eventually? It’s a million dollar prize.

OL: No, because we had a 4 person alliance, so once it got down to that, it was an understanding that all bets were off.

What do you think James’ and Amanda’s reactions were when the tribe got back to camp?

OL: I think they were pretty pissed off. The thing is that Parvati, not only did she screw me over, but she screwed them over as well, because she screwed them out of an alliance. They are going to have to do whatever they can to sort of redo or re-figure out angle. Parvati, she didn’t just screw me out of the game. She is really putting James and Amanda into a really hard position.

What about Cirie. You are putting a lot of blame on Parvati. Is she as culpable?

OL: She is… No, she’s not really. Yeah it was Cirie’s idea, but at the same time, Cirie and I weren’t friends. That was just part of the game. That would have been no problem. If it had been anyone else besides Parvati, for one, I would have played the idol, but other than that, I would have seen that coming. Because it was Parvati and I thought she was my friend and I thought that she would warn me if something like that was happening, but you know, that’s just kind of how it happened.

Who do you think is more of a master mind, Cirie or Parvati?

OL: I would probably say Cirie.

Does she control the whole tribe right now?

OL: No, I don’t think so. I think that just basically her decision to get me out. That was probably the extent of her masterminding.

Do you think that you had a thumb on her while you were there, during the vote out of Ami?

OL: No. The vote our of Ami was a group decision. We all knew that she was untrustworthy because of the fact that she was trying to play both sides. I feel really bad about it still. I wish Ami had done that. I wish she had had stuck with us. She would have definitely made it a lot farther than she did. Once we found out that she was playing both sides, there’s nothing that… I couldn’t trust her after that. I still think that it probably would have still turned out the same if she had been around. I know that she would have gotten together with Eliza and Eliza definitely wasn’t going to have me sticking around.

When you found the idol on Exile Island. You were with Kathy. Did she have any clue that you found something?

OL: No. She had no idea.

Was it tough to keep that from her?

OL: Not at all. She was not interested. She checked out of the game less than a week in. She was over it. She wanted to go home.

You didn’t have any trouble finding time to make that fake idol.

OL: No.

How long did it take to make it?

OL: I probably spent a good couple hours on it. She would.. I went around the corner, sitting on a rock whittling, then she would come over to see what I was doing. She thought I was looking for food. I knew once, when I went out… The other thing that didn’t make the air is that that way that I made it out to the island in the first place, out to Exile. We had a… we pulled straws back in the cave to see who would be going. James and I cheated. James was the holder of the straws. Jonathan really, really wanted to go. Like he was raring to go. We all knew that we couldn’t let Jonathan go, so James devised a system and was able to make me pull the longest straw, so I went. I know that I had a really good shot at finding the idol, so I brought our fillet knife, which is quite sharp and small, a smaller utensil to use, so once I found the idol, I could construct a fake one.

What was your relationship with Erik? Was he like a leech to you or did you take him under your wing?

OL: I took him under my wing. I saw in him an opportunity to gain a vote and to gain a confidant and that’s what he turned into, although it would have been helpful to have one more of those. I wasn’t able to do it with… I donno. I probably should have tried a little harder with Jason, in hindsight. He and I probably could have really made a run for it, but you know, it just… you let stupid personal issues get in your way and that’s what it was.

Where you checked out of the immunity challenge last night?

OL: No, I have really bad shoulders from years of surfing. They’ve been messed up. I’ve got rotator cuff issues. I’m surprised that I even made it that long. I can’t hold my arms up above my head very well at all. We were a couple hours in or something and the donuts came out, I knew that… every half an hour, or every hour, Jeff would offer some food. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to make it to the next one, so I stepped out to get the donuts. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to survive or last much longer in that challenge.

In last week’s challenge, when Jason won the immunity idol, you looked like you were in rough shape. What happened?

OL: Basically, once the water got up over my face, I had a really good breathing system going. I didn’t know who was left over. I thought that maybe it was only James, but they were both at the opposite end of the playing thing. I went under water to see if I could see were they were, see who was left. That was my mistake. When I came back up, the water was just too high and I couldn’t get a good seal. Water kept dripping down and I was like fricking drowning. I just had to bow out. That was it.

So you went under, there was no more air when you came back up?

OL: I couldn’t get a seal. I couldn’t get my hand to seal back over. I should have known that would happen. I thought that James was still in it. I couldn’t see what was happening. I probably should have just stayed. Stayed until it was over.

If things had gone the way that you wanted them to and you were at the end, who would you want to be sitting beside you? Did you think that far ahead?

OL: No. I didn’t care. I honestly didn’t care. I just wanted to try to make it as far as possible. In all honesty, it would have probably been someone like Jason or Erik. That would have been ideal. Maybe Cirie would have been the worst candidate because she was a very liked person. She would probably have the best chance of winning against me, but no, I knew that I had to get a little farther in before I started thinking about that.

Who do you think is going to make it?

OL: I think that Chet is going to come back from the Loser’s Lodge and take it all. We’ll see. It’ll happen. Watch. That’s next week’s twist.

Because of the overlap between filming, did you know about James and the immunity idols in his season?

OL: No. I don’t think that he ever told me about that. It’s kind of embarrassing.

What can you tell us about Alexis and Natalie?

OL: They’re cool girls. They live here in LA. They’re the classic “fly under the radar” type. They just kind of go with the flow. It’s a strategy that works really well. I thought that they were really nice. They’re cool.

Tracy said that the Favorites had thrown challenges. Did anybody every throw anything?

OL: No. That was Tracy being oblivious to the game. There’s no reason to throw a challenge. It didn’t really matter because we were voting them off anyway. You still want to win. Having Tracy and Chet, we were useless. We were a useless team.

Eliza at Tribal Council said that you had the Hidden Immunity Idol. Did you figure that would happen?

OL: Everyone pretty much knew that I did. Everyone knew.

Thoughts about Jason? He was your fan, but he beat you twice.

OL: That’s what he was there for. He was there to beat me. In the other challenges, that were earlier in the game, I think that I beat him, but when it came down to those last two, he did really well. He kind of came off a little arrogant, but he was pretty proud of himself for beating me. More power to him.

Did you learn anything? Are you still angry?

OL: No. I mean it’s the way it goes. I’ve got a web site now. It’s called humble noble dot com in homage to the whole experience. You know, I was humbled by the experience and that’s sort of where it’s left me. You can go there and help me out and get a tee shirt and help out my cause for building skate parks down in Mexico.

What’s the name again?

OL: humblenoble.com

What was your strategy going into the game? Did you think you’d have a target on your back?

OL: Of course. I definitely knew that my chances of making it anywhere near the end were slim to none. It’s kind of a miracle that I even made it that far. My strategy was just to do whatever I could to make it as far as possible. That’s all you can really do.

What’s your relationship with Parvati today?

OL: No, I just kind of… I donno. I’m a little bit over it. She showed me her true colors and that’s that.

Was it harder this time or the first time?

OL: This time. I had to do what I could to… I was fighting against the reputation that proceeded me. That’s tought to do. People already had thoughts and opinions about who I was and who I am. To try to get around that was pretty much impossible. I didn’t.

Current projects that you want to talk about?

OL: The same web site is “ozzysurvivor.com” and tell all the fans, go out and get a tee shirt. Help me out and help out the skateboarding cause in Mexico. Besides that I’m working on some writing and doing some photography. Trying to score some acting work.

How about becoming a swimming instructor?

OL: I’m aiming big. World domination! There’s always that or there’s the swimming that I could always teach. I’ll try my hand at conquering the world first.

What are the highlights from this season?

OL: There’s a few different things that didn’t make it to the air that had to do with going fishing and exploring the island and other stuff like that. Building different traps. Midnight coconut runs because we’d run out of coconuts. Stuff like that, but none of it ever made the tube.

What’s it feel like when you got back to the States?

OL: It’s weird, but it’s not that weird though. It’s good to sleep in a bed again. That’s probably the thing that you miss the most. The first time it was very, very culture shocking, but the second time around, you’re more easily adaptable.














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