'Australian Survivor': The TV Show That Inspired Dave Genat's Golden God Moniker
David Genat has described the TV character that inspired his legendary 'Survivor' persona -- the Golden God.
Speaking to 10 daily ahead of the 'All Stars' premiere, Dave recalled the moment he first christened himself with the glorious name -- right after he fashioned a false immunity idol using bits and bobs found around the Champions camp in Season 4.
"I’m a big fan of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia’," Dave said of the long-running FX comedy starring Danny Devito, Glenn Howertown, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney.
"I just love the idea of these over the top, complex people with rage problems, I’ve always found those characters so funny," he said, describing the sociopathic Dennis Reynolds (Howerton).
"I was feeling great when I made that idol, like 'it’s working, this is happening' and it just made me feel so much like Dennis going, ‘I am the Golden God!’"
Dave's after-hours arts and crafts session produced a very legit-looking hidden idol that he then swapped with Contender Shaun Hampson at the next immunity challenge, scoring himself one that was the real deal.
But while the character of Dennis slips into his Golden God persona while roaring at his enemies -- whether it's someone he's trying to sell a used car to or at his high-school reunion -- Dave's version keeps that electrified adrenaline bubbling under the surface, saved for private moments away from his tribe.
The model also insisted the larger-than-life character he created as a blindsiding machine is very separate from his real-life identity.
"I love that I can have this big persona to play and interact with fans and obviously I like to play a massive 'Survivor' game but it’s also a good way for me to step away from that and then just disassociate a little bit with what you’ve been doing," he said.
"You do have to do some heavy dirt on the show, it’s nice to have this persona that you can be like, ‘no that was the Golden God, I’m actually a really nice person’."
After proving himself to be one of the most skilled strategists in the history of 'Australian Survivor', Dave did worry his legacy would paint a huge target on his back going into 'All Stars'.
"It’s tricky re-inventing the Golden God because I was a visible character in Season 4 and I thought that would make me a target but in some ways it became kind of attractive," he said.
"People were like, ‘I want to be part of that beast, I want some of that shine’.
It's hard to say whether Dave will fly a little too close to the sun this season and let his ego get the better of him (ahem, like leaving with an idol in hand) but we can't wait to watch him work that Golden God magic again.