Thursday, June 20, 2019

Meet Nick Maccarone: He Can Dish It Out, But He Can't Fake It. #BB21

Strap yourself in and prepare to meet Nick Maccarone, who tells Big Jeff that he's from Washington Township New Jersey and he's a mental health therapist.  Jeff wondered if he was a fan of Big Brother and Nick said he was.

Nick:  I started watching back in BB17.  There was a tornado that went through our town and knocked out all of the power, so I went over to stay at my aunt's house.  She said they were watching Big Brother and I was like "what in the hell is Big Brother?" because I was thinking it was like Big Sisters/Big Brothers.  I was like whatever, I'll watch it for a week, and then this Asian dude came on with a country accent and I was like "WHAT IS THIS SHOW" was James!

Jeff:  James!  Yeah!

Nick:  So I was like, this show is so interesting I just started watching it and then I got hooked!

Jeff, clearly delighted:  That's how it goes!

Nick: I fell in love.

Jeff: Why do you think America is gonna fall in love with you?  They're watching right now!

Nick:  I love America.  I think America is gonna love me because I'm genuinely a good person and I care about people, but I'm also gonna call people out and they can respect that if I don't like something.  I'm also a competitor so I'm not gonna sit around all summer and eat 500 boxes of cereal, if you know who I'm talking about.

Jeff:  Oh, are you being specific?

Nick:  That was subliminal...I'm not gonna do that. In the first weeks I'm just gonna lay low.  I want to use my charm on everyone, not just my alliance members so they don't put me on the block.

Jeff wondered about Nick's personality and what would he find annoying and Nick explained that he is very outgoing and hyperactive and tends to say exactly what is on his mind.

Nick:  So if I say the wrong thing to the wrong person, I'm beat.  That's why I say I need to be chill when I first get in there.

Jeff wondered how far Nick would go to win the game, is he comfortable lying to people?   Nick said it's a part of the game and people need to separate the real world from the game, because $500,000 is at stake.  He plans to be loyal to the people who are part of his alliance, but at the same time he's going to try and manipulate them to get them to evict who he wants to evict. but if someone is on the other side of the house, "they're beat".

Jeff, trying to make sense of all that:  So you're gonna ride or die with your crew?

Nick:  I'm gonna ride with my crew.  Like last year....what were they called?  Um...Tyler.... Angela.... Rachel... all them... that whole crew, the Power Five or whatever it was...

Nick did the little hand motion with the sound they were all famous for

Jeff:  Level...

Nick:  Level six, yeah, whatever it was.  I like what they did.  They took out the whole side.  They didn't really turn on anyone except Rachel, but she was a little bit annoying so... no offense Rachel.

Jeff:  Wow!  You shoot it straight!

Well, I think Rachel did take offense, Nick.

Doesn't this picture make you feel better though Rachel?  I think this is Nick's Memory Wall picture.  You have to be a real dick to have them use a picture like this in such a prominently-located spot.  The more I stare at this picture, the more it looks like a bad toupee, right?  But who would spend their money to look like this?

I usually do not crack on the house guests' appearance because to me that is out-of-bounds, but I'm trying to support Rachel.  Plus I think Nick can take it.  I actually think being a dick is part of Nick's strategy to gain attention from the fans.

Jeff tried to do some improv with Nick to see if he could talk his way out of going on the block and Nick didn't even take the bait.  He just said this is why he needs to be so chill the first two weeks of the game, to stay out of that type of situation.

Nick:  If that did happen and I was on the block, maybe I'd tell them someone's coming after them, just make something up...I don't know.

Jeff chuckled and said Nick is going to be fun to watch.  And he probably will be, because I do like the players who are willing to commit the Dastardly Deeds.  Jeff confirmed that Nick doesn't plan to sweet talk someone into staying off the block, but Nick sort of talked in circles about how when you walk into the HoH to talk to the person who has the power, everyone knows what you're all about so you can't lead with it.

Nick, in the midst of a never-ending sentence: know what I'm saying?  So I kinda got to manipulate, maybe use some therapy stuff.  Like maybe say on one hand this could happen, but on the other hand that could happen...  you're supposed to lead with the cons so you can point them to the latter, because that's what they remember....

Jeff:  Where'd you hear that strategy?

Nick:  That's motivational interviewing, actually.

Jeff, laughing:  Nice!

I don't know about all of that, but I still remember the "recency effect" from my college days, where most people, when presented with some sort of list of options, will remember the last or most recent things first.

Jeff asked what Nick will do with the money when he wins, saying that's maybe some motivational interviewing and Nick just rolled right into another run-on sentence.  If he does win, he wants to pay off his grad school debt, which really isn't that much, pay off his mom's house if she decides to stay there, and then he'd like to help people who don't have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Nick, to the cameras:  This is supposed to be the greatest country in the world, and Flint Michigan doesn't have clean drinking water.  Like, explain that to me, PLEASE....

Jeff had to interrupt the stream of words to ask if Nick is going to talk about these social issues on the show and Nick jumped right in to say that people might not agree with him and some people might and that's okay.

Jeff:  That's why I asked you. I like talking about issues like that but it might rub some people the wrong way.

Nick:  I know.  People are so sensitive. It sucks.  Look, it is what it is. I told them I hope you don't put too many sensitive people in there, because I like to break balls a lot, so I'm gonna need a ride-or-die that I can break balls with or I'm gonna go crazy in that house...

Jeff breaks into Nick's tirade to ask the Big Question:  Would Nick rather win and be hated by America or lose and be loved.  And personally I found Nick's answer shocking.

Nick:  Lose and be loved, for sure. If you win and you're hated, than you're a snake for sure, or like a rat, or maybe people didn't like your personal views or something.  I'm sure I'm gonna rub some people the wrong way on the show with stuff I say because like I said I'm gonna call people out and some people don't like the bluntness, but if I'm getting after it and I fall short, if one of my guys makes a good move and gets me out when we get down to the Final Four, it's a good move.

Jeff thinks Nick is going to be good TV and he can't wait to watch him play.  He offered Nick one last chance to talk to the fans and Nick took it.

Nick:  Listen.  I love you.  If you're struggling with anxiety or depression, please PLEASE don't be scared to get help.

Jeff gave him a little slap on the shoulder and with that Nick's time on camera was over.


Wow.  This Nick is going to be a real handful on the live feeds, I think.  He just talks so fast and says so much, with so much smack talk sprinkled in that when he says something caring like that, it puts you back on your heels.

Whatever is going on with Nick, whether this is real or not, he's obviously an incredible casting choice.  I think the fact that there are so many New York and New Jersey house guests this season is really going to help him because they will understand his personality better.  I lived in New York for three years and once I toughened up a little and learned to curse like my co-workers, I fit right in and enjoyed it, but it took some time.

I need more information about Nick so I watched his interview with Ika Wong for ET Canada.  As usual, Ika did not disappoint.  Here are just a few of the new nuggets of info I learned about Nick.

*  Nick does therapy with children, for two hours inside their homes.  He reeled off much more to Ika but clearly he's invested in his job and I can't even imagine what it's like to have to be immersed in what are sure to be heart-breaking problems in such a personal way.
*  Nick isn't going to tell anyone that he's a therapist in the house.  Instead he's going to say he's a "child mentor" which he says is a real job. He thinks it will be easier and he can't give any confidential information out anyway.  (True.)
*  His favorite male BB player is Tyler, and his favorite female player is Vanessa, even though he hated watching her.  He's only been watching since BB17 but he said she manipulated like no other. (True.)

*  Nick doesn't think he'll be overconfident in the house.  It's not a "we" game, he says, it's a "me" game so he'll remember that when working with his alliance.  
*  Ika busted Nick's balls quite a few time in this interview and Nick didn't flinch, so maybe he can dish it out, after all.
*  He says he's positive he'll be crying at some point on the show, which might contradict what I just typed about being able to dish it out.
*  Ika asked Nick if he was single and he said "you interested?"  Nick says he likes "all types", all races, and someone who is in shape and athletic and someone he can trust.  Nick didn't specify a gender, even though he implied he was digging Ika.
*  Nick said that the Jury handed Josh the game in BB19 because the Jury was spiteful. Paul should have won BB18 and BB19 in Nick's opinion.  He thinks Kaycee was smart to start winning comps late in the game.  
*  Nick has never been away from his mom for more than one week.  His mom and dad will be watching the show for the first time to see him play.

There aren't many feel-good moments in this interview, but it was an interesting perspective of Nick, that's for sure.  You can see for yourself.  Nick is obviously very bright but is one of the fastest talkers I've ever seen.  I can't type that fast, ya'll.

Let's take a quick look at Nick's CBS bio:

Wow.  Nick's dad was a professional bowler.  That's interesting.  In fact, all of Nick's Fun Facts are interesting and make me feel like follow up questions are necessary.

Nick has certainly grabbed the attention of some of the Super Fans who can't wait to watch him wreak havoc in the house. I can't really put my finger on it, but I don't think he will be in the house very long.  I think he's going to come off as someone who isn't trustworthy.  I think if there is a twist where they know there are surprises coming, I think fingers will point in his direction and he won't be able to come off in a sincere manner to deflect them.

I'm trying to imagine him kicking back by the pool shooting the breeze with guys like David Alexander or Jackson Michie and I can't really picture that.  And I think the Pageant Girls are going to shoo him away like a horse fly.  I think his best bet is going to be hanging with Bella Wang or maybe Christie Murphy and Tommy Bracco.

But what do I really know? Nothing.  Except that if the fans are involved early and get to vote for some sort of special power, I think the Reddit-type crowd will show up in force to support him.  Just a guess.

1 comment :

  1. Thank you for all the recaps of interviews. Just a thought: Jeff is so personable. He’s easy to talk to and validating. I feel like he might show us a closer example of who the houseguests are because they let their guard down with him more readily than in the interviews with Ika who they aren’t as comfortable with and are trying to impress. I could be way off but thought I’d offer the idea for discussion.


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