The unwritten golden rule of television says that nothing we see on screen is real, not even when it’s billed as such. Even reality shows stick to a “loose” script and “Jersey Shore” is no exception. Even a fight scene requires several takes on the show, it has emerged.
One of the appeals of the MTV show is most definitely its one of a kind cast: all guidos and guidettes like to drink, party and let loose whenever someone or something crosses them.
Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that when we see them fighting, the altercation is spontaneous, the Daily Mail writes. Producers have them do several takes until they’re happy with it, so that kind of takes all spontaneity out of it.
The British tab says viewers looking to prove that “Jersey Shore” was scripted analyzed the fight Snooki and Angelina had on season 2, in the episode that set a new record for the series at the time.
As unexpected as it may have appeared, the fight was not a spur of the moment thing, since various shots alternatively show JWoww with socks on and barefoot.
“Eagle-eyed viewers revisited a brawl between Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi and Angelina Pivarnick that aired during the second season, noting that in one shot, Jenni ‘J-Woww’ Farley is wearing white socks, while in the next frame, they have disappeared,” the Mail writes.
“Then, when she dives in to break the pair up, her socks are once again firmly on her feet,” says the same publication.
This means the scene in question required at least 2 takes to shoot which, in turn, begs the question of how real the “reality” show actually is.
And there’s even more proof that fight scenes are orchestrated in advance because they’re meant to boost ratings.
While in Italy shooting for the latest season, Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio and Vinny Guadagnino got into a nasty fight in the street – but not before talking about it in detail and making sure it took place under a street lamp for the best visibility.
“They were talking about having the fight when they were drinking here,” a waitress at the Astor Café is quoted as saying.
“Then the cameras went out ahead of them and gave them the thumbs up to leave,” she adds.
Back in September 2010, we also reported that buzz was picking up that “Jersey Shore” was entirely scripted, since the girls wouldn’t even do their own makeup and hair before going out clubbing at night.