cars2-boat - Crabby.jpgToday’s cuppa: Peet’s coffee

Yesterday, I posted a story on Zap2it — click here for that — about Capt. Sig Hansen of the F/V Northwestern on Discovery’s crab-fishing reality hit, “Deadliest Catch,” who has lent his voice and his boat to the Disney/Pixar animated film “Cars 2,” which opens nationwide this weekend.

(Crabby the Boat, photo credit: Disney/Pixar)

I first heard about Hansen’s extracurricular activity while watching the “Deadliest Catch” roundtable companion show “After the Catch” this past Tuesday night.

Click here for a clip of that show which includes a bit of Hansen in the recording booth (and below is screenshot — literally, a shot of my TV screen — of Hansen from “After the Catch”).

As you can see from the Zap story, Hansen was on the road with for “The Captain’s Tour” withsig_hansen_booth_cars2.jpg F/V Time Bandit co-captains and brothers Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand. I also asked Hansen about that.

“We have a lot of fun,” says Hansen. “You definitely meet your share of fans, so that’s always a good thing. It is neat to try to do different things. I’m enjoying it, I really am. I don’t know if I would want to do this forever, but for the experience, yes.”

When I comment that doing shows and traveling with the Hillstrand brothers probably isn’t dull, Hansen says, “Well, we’ve gone through learning curves. We have nights when we have a little bit too much fun. Now, after a few shows, we’ve figured it out. There is a routine you get into, where your body doesn’t hate you so much.

“I love to have a drink or two. I’m not going to say I don’t, but that’s the thing. If you’re going to have a few drinks, but then you’ve got to go up and go to the next city the next morning … it wears on a body after a while.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Andy_Johnathan_Hillstrand_Deadliest_Catch.jpg“We have a good time. We laugh. Every day, there’s something new. We crack each other up. Johnathan, he’s always a riot no matter what, and Andy, we just get along. It’s like brothers, it’s fun.”

(L, Andy Hillstrand; R, Johnathan Hillstrand)

There are a lot of young fans of “Deadliest Catch” — and maybe there will be more after “Cars 2” — and apparently some of them come with their parents to “The Captain’s Tour.”

That could be a risky decision.

“They don’t always leave the show the same as they came in,”
says Hansen, “because we’re not always exactly the cleanest of language. We warn them prior, ‘Hey, you brought them at your own risk.'”

But Hansen appreciates his young fans and wants to do more for them.

“I mean, hey, what about a children’s book,” he says, “showing the environment and how to take care of the environment?

“Even though we’re commercial crab fishermen, we only harvest what’s appropriate. We worry about our future and sustainability.

“There’s all kinds of stuff. It’s fun to think that way and still know that you’re going to go and fish and be yourself in October.”

Posted by:Kate O'Hare