Was Captain Lee Rosbach reluctant to join? below deck As mentioned earlier? Or was he a bit of a “stud of the sea” and eventually become the face of the franchise? Executive producer Mark Cronin explains how Rosbach ended up on top. And Cronin jokes that despite Rosbach pointing to rave stories about being the show’s captain, he was actually pretty into the project.
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At the time, Cronin said he didn’t know the boat needed an actual captain. “It was going to be a lot of learning on the job,” Cronin told Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
“We thought we could come down and replace the entire crew of the boat, except we knew we had to hire engineers, but we didn’t think we’d have to hire someone else,” he recalled. He said, ‘We felt that we did not need a captain. But if you have a license to sail such a big boat, we’ll put you on that. You will sail such a big boat. But it turns out that in sailing, a license to steer a boat isn’t big enough to drive a bigger boat.
“You have to spend time as first mate on a boat of that size and sometimes work under another captain,” commented Cronin. “And then it might finally be ready to go. We let our own captain down and we figured he’d take over. A young man… and we were so wrong. And the owner let us let that guy sail the boat.” Wasn’t ready.”
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The yacht company had another idea but did not fly with Cronin. “And so they started saying things like, well, you can pretend like your man… Pretend he’s the captain and our guy will sometimes step behind the cameras and give you a shot of him at the wheel. Let’s take it,” he said. “But he’s never really going to steer this boat and he’s never really going to be the captain of this boat.”
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“And we were like, you don’t understand,” he told the company. “Like, this isn’t what we’re doing. You know, across a spectrum of reality shows, we’ve moved on to the authentic side of the reality show world. And we want to tell a true story of what’s happening. Trying. And you can imagine the confusion of the crew when they don’t know who the captain is. Like ‘Oh, he’s our TV captain and that’s the real captain.’ It wasn’t going to work for us. It was just going to be a complete mess. So we were stuck.”
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That’s when Rosbach came into the picture. “We had to go to Lee and say, well, if our man can’t sail this boat and you have to stay, will you please stay and be our captain?” He remembered asking Rosbach. “And I’ll be honest with you, Bravo really wasn’t even in favor of it. They thought, Wow, geez, that guy is old to Bravo. And he didn’t go through the casting process. We don’t have a videotape of him. And We didn’t cast him as a TV star. We spent all this time casting and all of a sudden they were going to start shooting and you’re casting this guy?”
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“And we were like, well, I think that’s cool,” Cronin insisted. “I think we have a salty, old, salty captain. And I think he’s a silver fox, as you say. You know, I think he’s a sexy guy. And me Looks like, you know… I think it’s going to work. And luckily Lee was involved too. I don’t know what he says these days how reluctant he was. He wasn’t so reluctant, As if it was okay with him. And he was going to be the star of our show. He didn’t put up such a big fight.”
This article is part of a multi-part series of showbiz cheat sheets based on an exclusive interview with Below Deck creator Mark Cronin. In 2013, Cronin developed the series, which follows the secret lives of petitioners serving the rich and famous. The “Up/Below” series documents exactly what happens to the crew professionally and personally, “Below Deck.”