I'm Tory Belleci, co-host of White Rabbit Project and former co-host of MythBusters. AMA!
UPDATE: So Rogue One was cool -- that's all I'm going to say for now! But it's time for me to sign off. Thanks for all your questions -- this was really cool. Until my next AMA, you can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ToryBelleci, and if you watch White Rabbit Project on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/80091245), Tweet #WhiteRabbitProject to tell us what you think. Later!
Hi, reddit, it's Tory Belleci, TV host, filmmaker, builder, special-effects technician, guinea pig, and fan of fast cars. My new series White Rabbit Project, which is with Kari Byron and Grant Imahara, has been streaming on Netflix for a week now, and hopefully you've had a chance to check it out. You can ask me about that, MythBusters, working in TV, movies I've worked in the past, Rogue One (which I haven't seen yet), doing the Gumball 3000 with deadmau5, whatever you want.
PROOF PHOTO: https://twitter.com/ToryBelleci/status/809804379792416768
This is my first solo AMA. Kari did an AMA on Monday and Grant did one last week and they had fun, so I'm looking forward to it.
We were laughing so hard. It turned out to be a very fun scene.
No revenge dinner party planned then?...
There will definitely be a revenge dinner.
Do you think you guys will, if White Rabbit Project gets renewed which I see easily happening, look at suggestions fans might have about the show and see if it's something you can improve on?
Totally. We've always been very responsive to you guys so if we do get a S2 we're listening. So far a lot of people are happy with the show, but want more builds. I agree.
Hi Tory, thanks for doing the AMA! You should do this more often!
Do you still maintaining contact with Jamie and Adam? I know that you appeared in one of Tested podcast but do you still come by M5 from time to time to check up on Jamie? That guy just vanish into the deep water like a wal.... (i better not say it)
Thanks! I just had lunch with Jamie a week ago. He's still building crazy machines in his shop, but I get the feeling he's done with TV.
How much creative control does Netflix give you guys with White Rabbit Project?
Netflix has been amazing. They pretty much just let us make the show. So different from cable.
Hi Tory! Thank you for taking the time to be with us today!
What kind of milk do you drink? 2%, 1%, Whole, Chocolate, Milk Alternative?
Thanks for asking me the hard hitting questions. drink 2%
Tory - I used to binge watch myth busters in my friend's basement. Should I prepare to do the same? I need to know how many days of food to prepare
HAHA! White Rabbit Project is 10 eps each around 60mins. If you're gonna binge and you're serious, you could probably get it done in a day. 1 day supply.
HAHA! And someone from the highway called 911 because they thought someone was driving it. Good times indeed.
What is your "White Whale" of testing? The one thing you could never get just right, but knew the solution was out there?
Driving an F1 race car upside down. It's supposed to have so much down force that it would overcome gravity. No one ever wanted to let us use their F1. Go figure.
Hi Tory! What was the scariest thing that has ever happened to you while filming?
It's a toss up between getting in the ring with a bull and jumping into shark infested water.
What do you think about fan-interactions that spontaneously happen when you're just doing your day to day errands?
(asking because I passed by you years ago and was too shy to say hello)
Ha! Say hello next time!
Are you half italian? Your surname sounds like that. Big fan from italy ciao!
I am Italian. Thanks paisan.
How did you get to work on Mythbusters in the first place?
I worked with J & A for years before MB in special fx for movies. When they got picked for MB they called me to audition as a builder and the rest is history.
If you had to forget one injury you had on myth busters, what would you forget?
Probably the bike jump, which has become my most famous injury. ha!
What, in your opinion, was probably the stupidest myth you ever tested on the show? What about your favorite?
Pyramid power was the lamest myth. I have so many favorites that it's hard to pick one. What's your favorite myth?
Ok Tory, imagine you, Kari, and Grant are working diligently on a new build in your shop overnight. You emerge to find that the zombie apocalypse took place while you were too busy to notice. Now, using only what you have available in your shop, how do you get yourselves and your crew to safety outside the city?
Get out of my head! We have these conversations all the time. Take whatever vehicle we can reach, A-team it out with armor, a flamethrower and then load it up with zombie destroying contraptions.
What was your favorite clip (video thing or whatever) from WRP and why is it Hitler with tits?
I think my favorite clip so far is Kari controlling me with electrodes. We couldn't stop laughing.
Hi, Tory! I wanted to quickly say thank you for entertaining me for so many years! You and the rest of the MB cast and crew really made me love science from a young age. I binge watched WRP earlier this week, and I really enjoyed it!
Ever since that moment you wiped out jumping over the wagon, you've kinda become known as the "daredevil"/unwilling guinea pig/guy who accidentally hurts himself on camera a lot. How do you feel about that being a part of your legacy on MB and WRP? I'm also sorry for laughing at a lot of your (hopefully not too bad) pain over the years.
Bonus: What was it like driving that beautiful Lambo for Kari's GPS experiment?
HA! I get hurt so you don't have too. Stoked you like WRP. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a stuntman so dreams can come true. The Lambo is SICK!
Enjoying White Rabbit Project so far!
What would your dream project be? TV or movies, what would you like to be involved in that (maybe) you haven't been already?
Thanks! I'm so glad you're liking it. My dream project would be to direct a movie. Maybe horror or Grind House style.
The see-through screens you guys use on WRP to video chat are awesome...are they real or CGI?
They're so cool right?! Available this Christmas? I'll keep that a mystery.
what was the first car you bought? no idea how this is relevant to anything but whatever lol
It was a 1970 Ford pick-up. It was my grandfather's and he gave it to me.
Why aren't you as sexy as Kari?
Kari is that you?
Hi Tory! Just a simple one, have you seen Rogue One yet, if so what did you think?!
Haven't seen it yet, but planning on going today. STAR WARS!
Hi Tory! watching White Rabbit and loving it. Is Jesse the chemist (from ep 3 I think?) the same Jesse who was in the Breaking Bad ep of Mythbusters?
YES!!! It is him. Jesse is the best. Love that dude.
If someone offered you $57,000 to jump from a car moving 60mph into the bed of a truck moving 60mph, would you?
If someone offered you $20 to jump off of a bridge into definitely-deep-enough water, would you? Assume bridge height is known to be not sufficient for breaking bones.
I'd take the $57,000 challenge. I've done the second challenge for free.
What was your favourite myth to bust?
What's better. Jamies mustache or Adams hair?
Who's better looking out of you, Grant and Kari?
fav myth: Bull in a china shop what's better:Jamie's mo better looking:Kari is the fairest
If you could retest any myth, what would it be and why? In other words, what myth causes you to doubt the results of the experiment you devised to test said myth?
Wakeboarding behind a cruise ship. I was so worried about standing up that I didn't really get to enjoy it.
First of all thank you for taking the time to do this AMA. I love the mythbusters and started watching the white eabbit project a few days ago. When you started in mythbusters, did you think it was going to be this amazing?, and how happy were you when you found out that you were hired for the mythbusters? How did you fill when the show ended? And how happy were you when you three started working together again in the white rabbit project?
Again, Thank you very much :)
It's my pleasure. Good question. I was terrified when I started on MB. I didn't like being in front of the camera. None of us predicted the show would take off like it did. I was bummed when MB ended, but was also excited about the prospect of new projects and then White Rabbit Project happened. It's been a wild ride.
Do you still keep in touch with Joel Zimmerman aka deadmau5?
Yeah I talk to Joel all the time. We were just hanging out in Hawaii about a month ago, trying to crash golf carts at his show.
Now it's your turn for an IAMA! So tell me, what was your favorite thing that got blowed up real good on the show?
Cement Truck! Boom!
What was the biggest/ most challenging project that you did with Mythbusters and what did you have to do?
I think one of the biggest builds we did was for earthquake myths. We built a 40ftx40ft earthquake simulator. When it started shaking it was terrifying, but awesome!
Do you ever get a self satisfying feeling knowing how many people , especially children you've inspired towards science over the past decade or so? Do you feel like you're contributing towards the betterment of man kind by sparking interests in science at such a young age?
I don't think we ever set out to inspire or educate with the show. We were just a curious bunch and wanted to entertain. If we've made a difference for the better then it makes it that much sweeter.
Hey, long time fan, what was your favorite Myth or project you worked on? I've never heard your favorite ones since you did the Mythbusters episode. Thanks again, love the show!
Thanks! My fav myth/moment was blowing up the cement truck. Hands down.
When you left Mythbusters, did you three know you'd eventually be doing another show together?
We hoped, but didn't know we were going to get a show like WRP. Still can't believe it.
Hey Tory! Love the show, but I just have one question. Do you still play counter-strike? If so you, me, and scoutknives. Come at me bro.
Haha! I've been playing Call of Duty more.
Hey, I really like the episode of MB where you were trapped under all the earth. It looked absolutely terrifying and it definitely freaked me out.
Has there ever been a test that you've said no to because of how dangerous/scary it is? Or is there a hypothetical test you would never do?
I wanted to test going over a waterfall in a barrel at the Niagara Falls, but the Canadian Govt said no.
Do you have permanent injuries from the show?
Just emotional ones. ha!
Hi Tory, HUGE Mythbusters fan and enjoying WRP.
You getting hurt on camera sort of became a thing on Mythbusters. Are you really that accident prone or were some of those scripted? What was the worst time you hurt yourself?
There's a little thing call camera courage that when you're being filmed you tend to think you're invincible. I thinks that's always been my problem. Thanks for watching WRP!
Hi Tory! What is your next project after White Rabbit and do you plan to continue the series? Love the show BTW!
Happy to hear you're liking WRP. Hopefully we get a season 2. We had a blast making it and would love to keep it going.
What was your favorite gun to shoot on the show ?
I'm enjoying the new show! Now to my question. I've seen you post stuff from IndyCar races a time or two, do you have a favorite driver and have you been to the Indy 500 yet? If not, I highly suggest it.
My favorite Indy drivers are Conor Daly and James Hinchcliffe. Oh and Mario Andretti for sure. I actually got to drive 66 laps at the 500 track in an Indy car. Best day ever.
Do you have any advice on growing beards, given that yours is one of the most beautiful of its kind?
HAHA! Be patient. I'm Italian though so I might have an unfair genetic advantage.
Hi Tory! What's your favourite/least favourite fan experience?
I'm sure you've met some odd-balls.
Our fans are so nice. Once at the airport I was flying from Canada to the US and the CA border security yelled to her co-workers when she saw my ID, "Hey this is that crazy guy from MB who blows stuff up."
Hey Tory! If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza, but good pizza.
I've seen you wear Nevada Wolfpack shirts on Mythbusters, and I wondered: Are you a UNR alum? I know they have an excellent engineering program, but I'd just always wondered.
Oh I loved that shirt. No, I didn't go to school there. I found the shirt at a second hand store.
Hi Tory, thank you for this amazing show, Im just 2 episodes away from finishing this season, what can I do after that, what will happen to my life and how will I kill the boredom? I need more episodes, when is season 2 starting?
That's awesome! Glad you like it. Hopefully Netflix gives us a season 2 so you can have MORE!
Hi Tory, huge fan here!!
Question: If you tried to jump over that wagon again with the same bike could you make it??
If I had a BMX bike then for sure I'd try again.
Hey Tory, how does it feel being adored by millions as a Kari seeks ways of torturing you?
Ha! It makes the torture bearable.
You were one of my first celebrity crushes! Hello!
My question is: what is your favorite build of all time?
Ha! Thanks. Favorite build of all time would be two big rig trucks crashing head on.
What was you dream job as a kid? When you went on Mythbusters, did that become your dream job?
Working in special fx for the movies was my dream job and that came true. Directing movies is my next dream job.
How did your conversation with Kari go after she electroshocked you over dinner?
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