Northwest Captain Sig Hansen revealed in an interview with The Fishing Website that he and his crew never pay attention when filming Deadliest Catch. In his opinion, their foul language brings an element of realism to the often fabricated world of reality television.
“There are cuts and you will hear a lot of beeps on the screen. But I think that’s one of the reasons the film crew wanted to stay with our boat — we’re pretty natural,” Hansen said. “After the first year we got used to having the cameras around and they said that’s why they like it. As long as the camera doesn’t bother you, you’ll be yourself, and that’s what they’re really looking for. That’s their big motivation – getting realistic action and reactions from the crew and our guys give it.”
Even from Hansen’s first moments, interacting with a large network and film crew, he didn’t stop being himself. During the first meeting between the Hansen family and Discovery, the brothers had a few drinks and joked back and forth. This, in turn, ultimately earned them the “Deadliest Catch” gig (via Riverfront Times). But it’s reality TV after all, which means there have been allegations that the truth of some scenes may have been faked for the cameras. It is said that footage has been manipulated to make moments appear more dangerous than they are or that fights between the cast are staged. Still, 18 seasons into “Deadliest Catch” fans can probably tell what’s real, such as Hansen’s determination to bring daughter Mandy home to safety.