Every season there’s at least one villain on Survivor. And it would seem that this season, the Survivor gods offered up Shamar Thomas. The Iraq war vet with just a little bit of a temper.Â But his time was cut short when he was taken out of the game due to an injury!
I caught up with the guy, who in my opinion, turn out to be a gentle giant!
The show showed your eye injury, but I read that you also injured your finger pretty bad. How are you feeling now?
Well, my finger is permanently disfigured, itâ€™ll be crooked for the rest of my life. Other than that, Iâ€™m doing pretty well.
Â Wow!Â How did that happen?
We had a big storm and we kept throwing debris on top of the shelter to stop the rain from coming in. I was building a support and a piece of bamboo entered my finger.
Are you happy with how you were portrayed on Survivor?
Not at all, I was like the people watching at home. I was like, â€œMan, get this guy off of the TV.â€ But at the end of the day, itâ€™s a TV show. Itâ€™s for entertainment. A lot of other people on the show, you donâ€™t even know their names, so would I rather be portrayed in a negative light or be unkown? To be frank with you, Iâ€™d rather be unknown. Honestly, as a decorated marine, Iâ€™d rather not be portrayed in that light. But itâ€™s a once in a life time opportunity, so I am not mad at all. I knew what could happen.
Why do you think there was so much tension on the beach?
I just think that I didnâ€™t have a lot in common with everybody. A lot of the other people had things in common like the music that they listened too. I was just the odd man out. I think it was my strength in challenges and around camp that kept me playing. Laura could barely swim, Eddie lost two challenges for us. They were just so weak. I was more comfortable with Sherri and Laura because they would tell me everything that was going on.
Was Survivor what you expected?
Honestly, I was being very argumentative going in. I didnâ€™t think I would be cast with so many people that I had nothing in common with. The elements were one thing, you can sleep in your backyard for two weeks, but you canâ€™t really prepare for who is going to be on the island. You know, youâ€™re playing with people who are playing for a million dollars, nobody can prepare for that.
What did you learn from playing then?
I learned a lot about entertainment and people in general. I was just happy, because I really was a fan of Survivor beforehand and naturally, youâ€™re not going to like it. So to actually get on the mat and see and Jeff and do a challenge, that is something that you canâ€™t take away. It was one of the most memorable experience of my life, it was almost like a dream come true.
Would you go back if they asked?
Thatâ€™s a hard question. Itâ€™s a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I would never say no to doing it again, but it is really scary because I donâ€™t really see myself as a villain. Iâ€™m a man of the people and now Iâ€™m seen as an argumentative person. The challenges were great, the experience was really wonderful. Because I didnâ€™t really do well this time, I would love to do it again, just to show people that I am a good Survivor player.