*What do you get when you mix George Foreman, Henry Winkler, William Shatner and Terry Bradshaw?
“Better Late Than Never!” NBC’s latest reality travel show tracks these award winning celebrities as they backpack through Asia without luxuries.
Q: What was it like traveling with George Foreman?
Henry Winkler: When we were in the dirt restaurant, the chef was also a boxer, so he was nuts to meet George. He goes kilometers outside of Tokyo, and he digs 70 feet down for this particular dirt that looked like dark chocolate, like 70 percent dark chocolate. And then George tells the story of being in the dressing room by himself after the Muhammad Ali extravaganza, ‘The Rumble in the Jungle.’ And he was in Puerto Rico, and he passed out, and believes he died. And he could smell death; he felt it. And he was, for some reason, pulled back before he went completely. And it changed his entire outlook. But to hear this man tell this story, was so deeply touching, and incredible.
William Shatner: George tells this story because the chef in this restaurant was using dirt as an ingredient, and George says, ‘I recognize it, because that’s what I ate when I was a kid.’ They had dirt and something else.
Henry Winkler: Mud soup. He ate mud soup. And he would eat his sister’s, because he would not leave anything.
William Shatner: And that’s what he was facing in this restaurant, and he didn’t want to eat it.
Q: The press release says there’s no assistants, no limos, and no lattes. How much of this is real? Did the five of you really face hardships?
Jeff Dye: I’ll confess. We had lattes.
Henry Winkler: On the other hand, I would say …We met families, we met children everywhere we went, and there was no language between us. But George would sit down, and all of a sudden it was like these children, who had no idea who this gigantic human being was, didn’t understand him, they could have been his grandchildren. They found games to play, and punching, and jumping. It was truly emotional.
This epic adventure premieres August 23rd. For more details on “Better Late Than Never” go to NBC.com.