‘Survivor: Worlds Apart’ castoff Max Dawson: My family was ‘proud’ of nakedness (Podcast)

“My family was proud about the fact that I looked so goddamned hot,” jokes “Survivor” castoff Max Dawson to Gold Derby about his penchant for walking around the island naked (listen to the podcast below). “My mother is the biggest ‘Survivor’ fan of all time. She did not mind at all so long as it didn’t hurt my game. And I don’t think it did hurt my game. I never got any indication from my fellow tribe members or from the edit that my nakedness had anything to do with my downfall.”

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Max gives us some insight into his “Survivor” downfall, admitting, “My biggest mistake was simultaneously underestimating and overestimating Carolyn Rivera. I thought that by not looking for the idol she was displaying a lack of game savvy — that she was a bit of an old school ‘Survivor’ player, someone that didn’t believe in strategy or didn’t believe in big moves.”

Of his fellow players, Max notes, “The ‘Dirty 30’ as we call ourselves are probably the tightest cast in the history of the show. We spend an inordinate of time hanging out … We get together and relive the worries, the triumphs and the agonies of defeats from our time out on ‘Survivor.'”

Scroll down to listen to our entire Q&A podcast with Max, including getting close to Shirin Oskooi, his personal feelings on original naked player Richard Hatch and collaborating with the production team.

To make your weekly predictions, just log in to your account (or create a free one), click on the “Survivor” button and start answering our weekly questions. Starting now, we’re giving away $100 Amazon gift certificates every week plus at season’s end. The deadline for each episode is Wednesday at 4 p.m. PT. To get started, click here or scroll down and make your first prediction using our easy drag-and-drop menu.

Where do you fall on our Season 30 leaderboard? The top scorers so far are Smartdude in first place with 80% accuracy, CarlinhosFelipe in second place with 75%, Taloson in third place with 75% and Benutty in fourth place with 70%. Can YOU take down these frontrunners to win our prizes?

Our Top 30 craziest, most inventive ideas for ‘Survivor’ Season 30

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