Richard Hammond says new co-star ‘upstaged him’ amid ‘uncomfortable’ shoot for new show

The Great Escapists: Richard Hammond stars in new Amazon show

The Grand Tour star Richard Hammond, 51, will be alongside Mythbusters star Tory Belleci, 50, for new Amazon series The Great Escapists, where the pair put their survival skills to the test while shipwrecked on a desert island together. After filming the new series, the duo recalled working together and what their new challenge was really like.

In some of these scenes Tory is completely upstaging me.

Richard Hammond

Tory joked he was warned not to let Richard drive due to the latter’s previous dangerous stunts on the likes of Top Gear and The Grand Tour.

On whether his family feared him taking on another potentially dangerous challenge, Richard said: ”They don’t care, they’re not interested really.”

Discussing filming for the show, the former Top Gear star went on to say: “It was uncomfortable at times, the flies on fly beach as we named it, but, we were working hard.

“We’re a very hard working team, we started work early every morning and worked hard until it was dark.

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“And, we didn’t party and be silly as we were up early the next day, so we were sensible.”

Viewers will see the pair attempting various challenges with their survival skills including building a car out of wood with their bare hands and making glass to build a lighthouse in an attempt to attract passing ships.

On working with his co-star, the presenter said he realised the pair were “so similar, it’s ridiculous”.

He elaborated: “He works in a similar way to me.

“I absolutely love working with the guy, it’s the easiest thing.

“From the first moment when we shot the first scene it was an instant connection on set.

“We’d go through a scene a few times as there are marks to hit and plot points to get in but it’s semi-improvised.

“If I go in a different direction he will always pick up and run with it because he’s listening and engaged.

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“We’re not just standing there delivering lines to each other.

“So, we’ll sometimes end up going off chatting about things but that’s what makes it a pleasure.”

Richard went on to say: “In some of these scenes Tory is completely upstaging me.

“Before we got on set I was thinking, ‘I hope he’s good’, but very quickly it was a case of ‘Oh, he’s really good’.”

The Grand Tour star added he believes the pair will be “friends for life”.

Tory added of working with his new co-star: “It was intense, it’s a long time away from home, and the work was very challenging.

“But this is probably one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had in my career, and Richard is such a lovely person.”

The Great Escapists will launch January 29 on Amazon Prime Video.

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