Exclusive | 'The Titan Games' Season 2: K9 handler Blake Broadhurst says Dwayne Johnson is a down-to-earth guy
Season 2 of the 'The Titan Games' airs in a couple of hours and fans of the show are waiting with bated breath. Hosted and produced by Dwayne Johnson, the show will see people from all walks of life battle it out with professional athletes. The prize is 100,000 dollars. MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) spoke to participant Blake Broadhurst, a police K9 handler and instructor from Orlando, about his experience.
Speaking about his time on the show, he says, "It was a fantastic experience. I think the coolest thing about it was actually getting out there and just, you know, getting my story out there for them, to the nation and to the people of this country and being able to compete against really athletic, really professional people. It was a really positive experience." On the competition, he shares, "So basically the competition is they take professional people from different walks of life, and they allow you to compete in an arena, head to head type of competition. So as long as you continue to win, you get to stay there."
He learned a lot from this show, he says. "I've always wanted to tell my daughter and my son, all kinds of values — 'be strong, be brave, work hard and be great'. And being able to show them the process of getting on to this competitive show and actually competing on it. It was the greatest thing because I got to show them, if you put your hard work in, and if you're doing what you're supposed to be doing and you're studying and you're training, this is the outcome. And being able to show them the outcome — I went on this competitive show, I competed, I got here, and this could happen to you if you do the same thing and you do the right things and you work hard."
What motivated him to apply to this show? "I really love athletics. I represent the elite of law enforcement, the silent professionals. I wanted to represent those who are continually training, learning, evolving their skills for the purpose to better protect their community to their people. I just wanted to take my experiences. I wanted to take my learning, my skills and use this platform to show the nation that we have some great police officers. They love our community and are working hard."
On how he dealt with the stress, he says, "I'm actually a former slot SWAT operator for our police department. I'm a current canine handler. We are in a metropolitan city, so there's, there's a lot of crazy things going on, a lot of chaos sometimes. This show was actually alleviation from stress. I'm always in an environment where it goes kind of crazy and you got to prepare for anything. It was a lot of fun."
About working with Dwayne Johnson, Broadhurst says, "It was exciting to meet him. He seems like a real down to earth humble guy. He reminds me a lot of myself. It seems like he loves his family. He seems to take his work very seriously. He's very professional, skilled and I can relate a lot with that." About the rest of the competitors, he answers, "They're fantastic. There's two that stood out to me. They were military brothers, and I kind of related with them the best. They're very humble and overall great people."
Is he interested in taking up more reality shows later? He says, "If the right opportunity presents itself, I'll try it again. I had a lot of fun and I learned a lot. It's kind of cool to see behind the scenes of how Hollywood does the shows. Use your talents and your skills to kind of move through all the different things. When you have a television crew there, it's just not a normal performance. It's so much more to it. So, yeah, in a nutshell, I'll try again."
'The Titan Games' Season 2 premieres on May 25 at 8 pm on NBC.