Sig Hansen on Dancing with the Stars: “I’ll do it”; Andy Hillstrand doesn’t like Deadliest Catch’s “dark” editing

Deadliest Catch star and Northwestern captain Sig Hansen said he’ll participate in Dancing with the Stars next spring.

The St. Pete Times’ Eric Deggans reports that “the possibility Hansen might fulfill his longtime dream of competing on Dancing With the Stars in March 2012″ is “the kind of success they could scarcely have predicted when [executive producer Thom] Beers first suggested putting a film crew on their boats for the first time.”

Specifically, Sig said, “So they’re looking at it for next March and I’ll do it. I think it’d be good for the brand, once-in-a-lifetime thing, and it’s fuckin’ cool, you know? Why not, you know? … I think it’d be fun. It’s just, you know, why not? I’m living life. It’s been fun and as long as it doesn’t hurt my relationship with my wife, I’m good with it.” (That quotation didn’t make the story but Deggans provided it to me from the transcript of his interview.)

The interview is a hilarious read; Sig, who voices a character in Cars 2 and is going on tour with the Hillstrands, was at Pike Street Market in Seattle while talking to Deggans, which led to great quotations like this one: “These guys just asked me for a picture; this is fucking horseshit. Right now, I just have to buy some fucking shrimp with my father-in-law.”

Also in the story, Andy Hillstrand, who with his brother and Sig temporarily quit the show over money last fall before getting a raise, isn’t a fan of the editing. “Playing Johnny Cash, everybody’s wearing black, (the tagline) ‘survive the season, survive each other’ … it’s like, what the hell are they even talking about? We like to have fun doing what we do. So if I see it get dark like that, I just don’t care for it as much.”

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