Players of Netflix’s real-life Squid Game ‘stretchered off set’

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Players of Netflix’s real-life Squid Game ‘scream doctor and get stretched after temperature plummets’ while filming for biggest cash prize game in TV history

  • The temperature dropped to -3C in the Cardington Studios TV studios in Bedford
  • Players ‘felt like they had frostbite’ as they competed for the £3.7million prize
  • The reality series will consist of 10 episodes, with a total of 456 players

Contestants in Netflix’s real-life Squid Game were reportedly left screaming “medic” before being stretched in freezing temperatures during filming for the show.

According to The Sun, players would have felt as if they had frostbite as temperatures plummeted to -3C at the British filming location.

The streaming platform has secretly filmed a reality version of the deadly fictional competition, with hopefuls competing for a massive £3.7 million prize.

Out in the cold: Contestants in Netflix’s real-life Squid Game were reportedly left screaming ‘Doctor’ before being carried away in freezing temperatures while filming for the show

One player told the publication, “Even when hypothermia hit, people were willing to stay as long as possible because there was a lot of money at stake. Too many were determined not to move, so they stood there for far too long.

“People arrived thinking they were going to be millionaires, but they left in tears.”

They added, “It was like a war zone. People were taken away by medics, but we couldn’t say anything. If you talk, you’re out. Some people couldn’t move their feet because it was so cold.

Problems: Players reportedly felt as if they had frostbite as temperatures plummeted to -3C at the British filming location, according to The Sun

Problems: Players reportedly felt as if they had frostbite as temperatures plummeted to -3C at the British filming location, according to The Sun

“You could hear someone shout ‘Doctor’ and the crew rushed on. We ended up standing there for 30 minutes between takes. Some crept towards the end. At least one was carried on a stretcher.”

A total of 456 players, the same as in the hit series, were invited to participate, with some reportedly starting to feel unwell during the first game, Red Light, Green Light.

MailOnline has contacted Netflix for comment.

Action: The streaming platform has secretly filmed a reality version of the deadly fictional competition, with hopefuls competing for a massive £3.7 million prize (Cardington Studios in Bedford, pictured)

Action: The streaming platform has secretly filmed a reality version of the deadly fictional competition, with hopefuls competing for a massive £3.7 million prize (Cardington Studios in Bedford, pictured)

Competitors had even flown in from the United States and Australia to take part in the show, which was filmed at Cardington Studios, a former RAF base near Bedford.

Hundreds were eliminated in the first round and then stayed in bunk beds in the studios, just like in the Korean series,

In the original dramatic series, hundreds of cash-strapped contestants accept an invitation to join children’s games for a tempting prize, but the stakes are deadly.

Brandon Riegg, vice president of Netflix series and documentary series, previously said of the upcoming program: “Squid Game has taken the world by storm with [director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s] captivating story and iconic images.

“We are grateful for his support as we make the fictional world a reality in this massive competition and social experiment.

“Fans of the drama series are in for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the biggest competition series ever, full of thrills and twists, with the biggest cash prize ever at the end.”

The reality series will consist of 10 episodes, which happens to be one more than the original dramatic series.

Squid Game became Netflix’s most-watched new series in 2021, with 142 million people in its first month – nearly double Bridgerton’s previous record.

The Korean drama is also lauded for adding 4.4 million new subscribers, increasing the number of global Netflix subscriptions from 209 million to 213.5 million.

It boosted the company’s profits to £1.1bn – nearly double the amount it brought in in the third quarter of 2020.

Screen Magic: The reality series will consist of 10 episodes, which happens to be one more than the original dramatic series

Screen Magic: The reality series will consist of 10 episodes, which happens to be one more than the original dramatic series

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