“Gold Rush” star Parker Schnabel likes to have a good time. Even when other people are trying to get some work done.
And if Schnabel occasionally wears on the producers and cameramen of “Gold Rush,” who seem to regard him as somewhat akin to an excitable puppy, there are no hard feelings in the end. It’s all in good fun, as Schnabel would be the first to point out.
“You know, he’s 18, and sometimes he just wants to muck around,” said producer and director Sam Lang.
“Parker, I’d say of all our miners, has the least regard for the camera crew,” added producer Ronan Browne.
“I work all day, and the last thing I want to do is work some more with the film crew,” Schnabel said of his exploits. And he makes no apologies for his hijinks on set. “I want it to be fun.”
“I find some joy in winding up the producers and the cameramen and whatnot,” he acknowledged.
Watch Schnabel try the last nerve of the adults in the room here:
‘Gold Rush’ Pushed Through During the Pandemic
But it’s not all fun and games on “Gold Rush,” especially since the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Schnabel’s co-star Rick Ness spoke to Fox News last October about how the pandemic affected their show and what they were doing when, amid the pandemic, gold prices jumped to record highs and fuel costs dropped to startling lows. It was the perfect opportunity for gold miners, whose top expense is fuel costs, but the pandemic didn’t make it easy to take advantage of that.
“We were just as affected as everybody by COVID,” Ness told Fox. “I can only speak for myself personally, but I got a late start this year and it was a year that I really needed an early start. I had a bad year last year.”
Ness said it took him about six weeks to cross the border into Canada’s Yukon territory, where his mining operation is. In the meantime, he said, waiting in Wisconsin was “one of the most frustrating parts of my life.”
“I haven’t been home in April in nine years since I started doing this and it was just bizarre,” he explained. “And the gold prices were going up and fuel prices were just way down. That’s like the magic formula for my business. And so, to say it was frustrating is putting it mildly.”
But they made the most of what time they had. Ness said redemption was on his mind as he powered through the remains of the season. And as far as “Gold Rush” is concerned, he said he thinks Discovery’s audience is “going to like what they see.”