Adam Whitney Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, actor, educator, and one of two co-hosts of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters and Unchained Reaction. His model work has appeared in major films, including Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and The Matrix Reloaded. He is a prominent member of the skeptic community. He lives in San Francisco with his twin sons and wife, Julia.
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Special Effects artist, maker, sculptor, public speaker, movie prop collector, writer, father and husband.
What is the funniest thing Jamie has ever said?
I can't repeat it here. Jamie has a dark dark sense of humor.
If you were stranded on an island i the middle of the ocean, what three items would you want to have?
Oh, and a trailer and some food.
Mr. Savage, what is your best/worst fan experience in real life? Huge fan of the show. You guys blow my mind!
Having people yell my name really loud in airports is a low point (why people need to yell about meeting me is beyond me- it feels super aggressive). Meeting any kids is always a high point.
Whenever people yell "Jamie" I don't respond. It feels weird correcting them and at the worst they're going to think that Jamie's a jerk.
You did the show on curiosity about living forever. Is that something you would want?
It's been like a week since this has been posted. You won't see this, and I don't even care.
You guys on mythbusters are the reason why I want to pursue a career in science and change the world with it someday. Thank you and everyone at MB for inspiring me. You've made this girl know what she wants to someday do with her life and I can't express how much you guys mean to me.
I did see it. You can't even guess how much messages like this warm my heart. Cheers to you and I hope for every success for you.
What's your least favorite part of testing a myth?
The blueprints that open and close the show. Those stilted conversations are hard to keep fresh. If you watch a lot of them, you'll notice we try lots of things to keep them from being stale, but they take a lot out of me. I'd much rather do my camera stuff in the moment.
What were the most difficult myths to pitch to Discovery that did/didn't end up on the show?
They love almost everything we bring them. They shut down very few stories. But they hate the Hi-Fidelity myths that I want to do: Vinyl vs. CD vs. MP3. We'll wear them down eventually.
I just wanted to say thank you for all the years of entertainment and education you and Jamie have provided with Mythbusters.
I have seen a couple of your movie prop videos and I wanted to know of all your props, which was the hardest to acquire?
You're welcome. That's a hard question to answer. I'm going to have to think about it.
What made you do an AMA now?(Your account is three years old already :)
I did one AMA (on video) a few years back. I've been wanting to do one for awhile. Also: we have a season Premiere on the 7th of this month. New time- 8pm on Discovery. Now if you don't mind I'd like to get back to answering only questions about Woody Harrelson's movies.
What does your wife think of the show?
also, we know your name and your quest, so what is your favorite color?
Favorite color is Orange.
Wife loves the show. She watches it when I'm gone on a shoot (so do my kids).
What myth requested by a fan was so far-fetched and absurd that it was practically laughable? And if you ever find the opportunity to test out the myth, how would you go about busting it?
Several times we've gotten suggestions that we thought were like that but eventually figured out a way to do them: like punching sharks. The first guy to suggest that (was totally drunk btw) sounded full crazy to me. A year later we were in the Bahamas punching sharks.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you love Duct Tape?
What myth did you think was totally going to get busted but it did not?
Killer Cable snap. The myth that a cable under tension can slice through you when it snaps and whips around. . Not a fisherman alive who doesn't KNOW that this is true. Except that it isn't. We busted it wide open. I was very surprised. But our research bore that out: we found not a singe first person account of it happening. Everything was circumstantial.
Have you ever seen Jamie Hyneman without a beard?
I have. It's an old old pic from when he was in high school. He wont' make it public, he's a private guy. Amazing to see a young Jamie though.
What do you think is the largest hurdle for Humanity right now? And how can we overcome it?
The corrupting influence of money in politics. It's getting worse. Publicly funded elections is one solution. It's not an easy problem to solve but it needs solving. That's what's on my mind lately. Bill Gates is taking care of the rest.
Adam, what do you think about discovery channel as a whole? I mean, it seems like there's a lot of reality shows being added to it, and not a lot of good content besides Mythbusters…
On another note, what has been your best "fan" moment, and where can I go to be invited to some of these Mythbuster "fan contributing" episodes?
edit: sorry if the Discovery question was a little much.
Best fan moments have been getting emails from people in grad school who tell us that they got interested in their field from watching us. That's crazy amazing.
The other great thing is meeting fans who I admire. Like Simon Pegg, Guillermo Del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis, Vince Gilligan, Matthew Weiner, Sophia Bush, Seth Rogen, Michael Chabon, Craig Ferguson, David Letterman, James Cameron. It's a long list.
what is the one of the crazy experinces you had off camera?
Once almost got shot by an entire SWAT team in NYC in Times Square in '87. That's a good story. I may tell it someday.
Has there ever been a moment (on Mythbusters) where everything went out of control and you feared for your safety?
We've feared for our safety a lot. We are sensitive to when we start to feel spooked and seek to resolve the issue before it becomes an issue. I've been scared a bunch on the show. Underwater Car. Mythtanic. Hell, the first time we swam with sharks I thought I was going to have a heart attack.
First off I love your show! Second, did you ever think Mythbusters would ever blow up like it did? When did you realize this?
Not at all. Our fame and the show's popularity grew really gradually. Which is nice because it's heady stuff sometimes.
What is the one hilarious thing we didn't get to see in the show?
Seriously, if it's funny, it makes it in. Unless it's an off-color joke (my specialty).
How have you grown artistically as a result of the show?
Huge fan, thanks for the AMA!
Totally. The pressure of making something cool and visually that tells a story has radically improved my aesthetic sense.