Players of Netflix’s real-life Squid Game ‘stretched off-set’

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Players in Netflix’s real-life Squid Game ‘cry for doctor and get stretched after temperature plummets’ during filming in Bedford for biggest cash prize game in TV history

  • The temperature dropped to -3C at the Cardington TV Studios in Bedford
  • Players ‘felt like they had frostbite’ as they competed for the £3.7million prize
  • The reality series will consist of ten episodes, with a total of 456 players

Contestants in Netflix’s real-life Squid Game were reportedly left screaming “medic” before being stretched in freezing temperatures during filming.

According to The Sun, players felt like they had frostbite as the mercury plummeted to -3C in UK studios.

The streaming platform has secretly filmed a reality version of the deadly fictional competition, with participants competing for a £3.7 million prize.

One player told the publication, “Even when hypothermia hit, people were willing to stay as long as possible because there was a lot of money at stake.

“Too many people were determined not to move, so they stood there for far too long.

“People arrived thinking they were going to be millionaires, but they left in tears.”

They added, “It was like a war zone. People were taken away by medics, but we couldn’t say anything. If you talk, you’re out. Some people couldn’t move their feet because it was so cold.

Problems: Players reportedly felt as if they had frostbite as temperatures plummeted to -3C at the British filming location, according to The Sun

Problems: Players reportedly felt as if they had frostbite as temperatures plummeted to -3C at the British filming location, according to The Sun

“You could hear someone shouting ‘Doctor’ and the crew rushed on. We ended up standing there for 30 minutes between takes. Some crept towards the end. At least one was carried on a stretcher.”

A total of 456 players took part, the same as in the Netflix series, with some reportedly starting to feel unwell during the first game, Red Light, Green Light.

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TBEN has contacted Netflix for comment.

Action: The streaming platform has secretly filmed a reality version of the deadly fictional competition, with hopefuls competing for a £3.7 million prize (Cardington Studios in Bedford, pictured)

Action: The streaming platform has secretly filmed a reality version of the deadly fictional competition, with hopefuls competing for a £3.7 million prize (Cardington Studios in Bedford, pictured)

Competitors were even flown in from the United States and Australia for the show, which was filmed at Cardington Studios, a former RAF base near Bedford.

Hundreds were eliminated in the first round and then stayed in bunk beds in the studios, just like in the Korean series.

In the original series, hundreds of cash-strapped contestants accept an invitation to join children’s games for a tempting prize, but the stakes are deadly.

Brandon Riegg, vice president of Netflix series and documentary series, previously said of the upcoming reality show, “Squid Game has taken the world by storm with [director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s] captivating story and iconic images.

“We are grateful for his support as we make the fictional world a reality in this massive competition and social experiment.

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“Fans of the drama series are in for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the biggest competition series ever, full of thrills and twists, with the biggest cash prize ever at the end.”

The reality series will consist of ten episodes – one more than the original thriller.

Squid Game became Netflix’s most-watched program in 2021, with 142 million people in its first month – almost double Bridgerton’s previous record.

The Korean drama is also lauded for adding 4.4 million new subscribers, increasing its global Netflix subscription from 209 million to 213.5 million.

It boosted the company’s profits to £1.1bn – nearly double the amount it brought in in the third quarter of 2020.

Screen Magic: The reality series will consist of 10 episodes, which happens to be one more than the original dramatic series

Screen Magic: The reality series will consist of 10 episodes, which happens to be one more than the original dramatic series

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