It's good to be captain. Just ask Azmyth Kaminski, the longest-reigning and two-time leader on CBS' recently canceled Pirate Master. Standing 6-foot-3 with long blond dreadlocks, this 27-year-old deejay from Los Angeles took the role to heart, even assuming a (British?) accent. But as so often happens, those in power stand alone: When Azmyth's "Triad" alliance was disbanded, his once-happy crew wasted no time ousting the leader who had quickly gone from everyman to overlord. TVGuide.com spoke with Azmyth about the show's demise and why he wants to change the face of reality television.
TVGuide.com: You have become one of the most recognizable people from the show, but what stood out to you about your experience on the ship?
Azmyth Kaminski: The expeditions were what I really loved about the show. They were just phenomenal. There's so much that happened on the ship that no one has a clue about, except for the players and the people in production. The television audience just didn't get to see half of the stuff the producers actually put us through.
TVGuide.com: It sounds like we're going to need a tell-all version of the show.
I would really like to see that. We'll see what happens. The cancellation has dampened a lot of measures that might have been taken with the show.
TVGuide.com: What do you think went wrong?
CBS did what they could, but I feel like they didn't believe in it from the start. I can understand if it had been maybe four or five sessions in and [they decided] to cancel it, but we were more than halfway through the season. There are a lot of consumers who are really enraged and, of course, the "pirates" were all quite displeased with the turn of events. Beside the fact that the show was cut short, it was an amazing opportunity. What better opportunity than having a movie-style documentary filmed of one of the biggest adventures of your life, and to actually get paid for it?
TVGuide.com: Were you disappointed that you got the "power corrupts" edit?
Azmyth: I went on there trying to show that you don't have to have drama during a reality show to sell reality TV. I was very cautious about everything that I said on the show. During production I said, "Wow, it's going to be really hard for you guys to make me look bad," but they didn't show hardly any of the good stuff that I did. Instead, they skewed it exactly how they wanted to. They had a chance to really change reality TV — especially with a show that was going out on a limb by putting reality and fantasy together, which no one's done yet —and they didn't do it. That's what I'm sad about. It makes me want to make my own reality shows, to hopefully change things.
TVGuide.com: Let's talk about the actual show itself. Before you were unseated as captain, you had been warned that the crew wanted to mutiny. Why didn't you bid on the royal pardon, which would have saved you?
I would never bid on the royal pardon. I hated the royal pardon. What I said when I left was, "There's no way I was going to shove money down your throats so that I can be safe." If you want me gone, I'll be gone.
TVGuide.com: You seemed confident that you wouldn't be going home. Did the vote to cut you loose surprise you?
No, I wasn't surprised. It would have been nice to see Ben or Jay realize that it would be great to run against a strong competitor. Well, they did, and they realized that there was no chance for them [if they were] running against me.
TVGuide.com: I have to ask you about the accent that you acquired when you became captain.
You know, I can talk in an actual pirate accent or I can talk in an English accent. I use accents daily. All my friends know this. I've been using accents for years. I can go through three accents in one sentence — I'll go from Irish all the way to hillbilly in 25 words.
TVGuide.com: What accent were you using on the show? Sometimes it was hard to tell.
[Breaks into cockney] The accent I used was actually an English accent. I've got a couple of different ones. I'm really good — I'll trick people from other countries. The problem is that on audio recordings my voice comes out higher than it actually is. That, coupled with an accent, makes the accent sound totally fake. If you were to meet me normally and I've got an accent on, you're going to think I'm from Europe. But on the show everyone thinks I'm a buffoon.
TVGuide.com: Looking back, would you change anything?
No. I played my hardest. I did things that I didn't think I would normally do. I was way braver than I thought I would be. One of the things I said before I went on the show was that whatever they present me with, I'm going to do it with a smile and I'm going to be happy about any experience I have, because I could have been sitting at home on a couch watching TV.
TVGuide.com: Do you have any famous last words you'd like to share?
I really want to thank everybody who believed in the show and gave it more than just one or two chances. If anyone ever gets a chance to go on a reality show, you'll either gain ego or you'll take a really good beating. Either way, you'll win. It was a fantastic experience and I loved everything that's come from it.
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