‘Gold Rush’ Cast Member Believes They’re Edited to Create ‘Heroes and Villains’

by Courtney Blackann
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While gold mining is definitely an interesting field with obstacles of its own, shows like “Gold Rush” wouldn’t be as popular as they are without a good story. However, for one castmate of the popular Discovery show, they believe the series amps up the conflict to create heroes and villains among its cast.

“Gold Rush” follows a number of hard-working miners that work tirelessly year-round. They find the shiny gold flecks in the Klondike area of Canada and Alaska as well as parts of Washington state. The work is dangerous and not for the faint of heart. Documenting these parts of the journey is interesting in and of itself.

However, the show would be missing something without its characters and storylines. “Gold Rush” famously follows Rick Ness, Tony Beets and Parker Schnabel. The miners forge a career mining gold and making ends meet in a competitive industry.

But the long and treacherous hours mining gold isn’t exactly exciting all the time. That’s why the filmmakers must add a little more intrigue to the plot lines. However, this doesn’t mean the action is faked.

That is the challenge: How do we make what we do interesting? How do we make the stories of guys who dig in the ground and wash rocks and look for little bits of metal—how do we make that interesting year after year, and come up with a story that people want to see?” producer Ed Gorsuch says via Distractify.

He goes on to add:

“We have to care about the gold, too. Why do I care if this character wants to get X amount of gold? What’s the personal investment for this?” Ed continued. “I’m always amazed that people are as invested in the characters and their struggles as they are.”

‘Gold Rush’ and Creating Good Stories

And there are no shortages of good stories. There’s also plenty of conflict and competition between each crew. Much like “Deadliest Catch” does more than capture fishing, “Gold Rush” focuses on capturing everyday people and their struggles in a tedious industry.

Further, member Jimmy Dorsey believes that while the producers do what they can to put on a good show, he says they do their best to create “heroes and villains.”

Additionally, the show takes longer to film than most fans realize. Throughout the season, the crew spends months and months filming in harsh conditions and rocky terrain. One crew member described the process of filming and how it takes a lot longer than it appears.

“A few of the crew usually go up mid-March to de-winterize everything and get camp ready. The rest show up around the end of March/early April. Then we stay until about mid-October, later if the weather holds and camp doesn’t freeze so we can do more stripping,” the person says.