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September 15, 2014

Interview with Andrew Scott (Moriarty) and His Next Movie“Pride” See him in pictures can get you…

   I am posting(adamfoxie) an interview with Andrew Scott, who plays Moriarty in the hit TV series “Sherlock,” (openly gay) and b  (Posted by Word Press)      
Kevin Li ( get the following  background before the questions on the interview:
 According to Mirror, he has said that his sexual preference did not affect his working life in a negative way. He is currently busy promoting his latest comedy film,  ride," where he plays Gethin, a gay bookshop owner.
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Pride is about the miners' strike in 1984. The movie is based on a true story about the unlikely alliance that happened between a group of gay and lesbian activists from London and a Welsh mining community. In order to help the miners during their yearlong strike, the gay rights activists raised thousands of pounds for the Dulai Valley mining community. Andrew Scott said that it was an extraordinary story that is not known by many people.
Andrew Scott, as part of his promotion for the film, took part in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) segment on Reddit. However, reviewers were not very impressed by his answers and comments. Taking part in a Reddit AMA is supposed to be a good way to build online camaraderie, but Andrew Scott more or less somehow failed at it.

Critics said that his appearance was one of the worst AMA's of all time because the actor was only able to answer about two dozen questions while writing very few words. There were also several instances when he did not even answer the questions thrown at him.
The whole event has left people wondering what truly happened, although no answers are forthcoming. It would seem that someone from Andrew Scott's camp thought that an appearance on Reddit was a good idea. Perhaps the actor was overwhelmed because when celebrities come for an AMA, someone from Reddit typically helps to them type the answers. The overall verdict was that the AMA did more harm than good.
Here are some of the questions and Andrew's responses: 
Q: What was it like (almost) kissing Benedict Cumberbatch?
A: Ben is my friend and my colleague. 
Q: Hey, what is your opinion of all the creepy fandoms on Tumblr?
A: Most people are really lovely. 
Q: What do you think youth around the world can do to stop hate crimes against the LBGTQ community?
A: Be kind to people. Everybody is going through something. 
Q: Hi Andrew. As an Irishman, what do you think is Ireland’s most significant contribution to television/film?
A: Its writers I would say.
Q: I remember you once mentioned that you play tennis, do you play with a one-handed or two-handed backhand?
A: Two handed.
Q: Are you a guy who has pineapple on pizza?
A: I am a guy who has pineapple on pizza, but not every time. You gotta shake things up.
Q: What are you working on after pride? Any plans for on stage?
A: I’m gonna take a bit of rest for a bit.
Q: The story of how gay & lesbian activists came out in support of the miners isn’t that well known in the UK. Was it exciting to be able to rectify that and what was it like working with such an incredible cast?
A: It’s an unbelievable story that will make you laugh and cry and be a bit nicer to people and I’m so proud to be part of it. It’s the most extraordinary cast too; they’ll blow your mind.
Q: Hi Andrew! I was lucky enough to see you in Birdland twice this spring and you were absolutely incredible. I’m a huge fan of yours and Simon Stephen’s work and wondered if you had any thoughts on what makes him such a great playwright? xx
A: He writes dialogue like no other, and he’s courageous as anything, and he’s a brilliant human being.
Q: Is Pride a film for all ages? I was planning on taking my whole family to see it :) x
A: Do it bring them all you won’t regret it i promise you x
Q: What was it like (almost) kissing Benedict Cumberbatch?
A: Ben is my friend and my colleague.
Q: Do you ship Sheriarty?
A: No
Q: Hey, what is your opinion of all the creepy fandoms on Tumblr?
A: Most people are really lovely.
Q: Hi Andrew, I was fortunate enough to catch a pre-screening of Pride in London, and thought it was one of the most courageous, self-aware and powerful pieces of film-making I’ve seen.
Your performance was spectacular, and some scenes were heartbreakingly raw – dressing gowns and socks outside Gay’s the Word was a particular favourite.
I understand that the directors chose to ‘blend’ the stories of your character and Jonathan’s real-life partner, which I think comes off very well. To what extent were you able to work with the film’s real-life counterparts/their journals of the time, and to what extent were you left to interpret the role for yourself?
A: Thanks so much that means a lot. I was left to interpret it myself. But it was brilliant to have the real guys around.
Q: How come you and me have never taken a hot air balloon ride together?
A: It is weird.
Q: What color are your socks today?
A: Kinda stripey
Q: Andrew, I’ve always wanted to know what inspired you to get into acting? You have been such a huge influence in my pursuit of theater and film, and your portrayal of Moriarty was just brilliant. Thank you so much for everything!
A: That’s very nice of you.
Q: Oreos?
A: Positive
Q: Hi Andrew! If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
A: Right where i am
Q: Would you say PRIDE is a comedy, or will it make us cry, or perhaps both? Thanks, Andrew!
A: Both!
Q: What do you think youth around the world can do to stop hate crimes against the LBGTQ community?
A: Be kind to people. Everybody is going through something.
Q: What is everyone like behind the scenes?
A: Well they’re not all exactly the same.
Q: What are your current favorite songs?
A: Anything by Kate Bush.
Q: Are you secretly a spice girl?
A: Very nineties question.
Q: Andrew my friend Amira is at school right now but her birthday is really close and she looks up to you a lot you are her idol and I was wondering if you could say happy birthday to her? It would mean a lot xx
A: Happy birthday Amira xx
Q: 70s, 80s or 90s???
A: Now
Andrew: Thanks everybody. Lots of love xx

Ai đã từng nhìn thấy giao diện của trang Reddit thì chắc cũng hiểu nó khó xem như thế nào, ngồi theo dõi được câu hỏi và câu trả lời thôi đã rối mắt lắm rồi. Nhưng hầu như mỗi khi có dàn cast của Sherlock tham gia Reddit AMA thì mình đều ngồi save lại từng câu hỏi vào một bài cho dễ đọc. Khá tốn thời gian và nhức mắt nhưng thường thì các bài Q&A trên Reddit đều làm mình ‘thỏa mãn’, riêng AMA của Andrew lần này làm mình thấy hơi buồn. Không biết là do bị xếp lịch chồng chéo hay bên agent quản lý và Reddit tổ chức event này ko tốt, hay vì Andrew có chuyện gì gấp mà AMA lần này của anh câu hỏi được trả lời rất ít, mà câu trả lời cũng cụt lủn, điều quan trọng nhất là ko hiểu sao cứ có cảm giác là ko phải Andrew trực tiếp trả lời toàn bộ các câu hỏi vậy. Số lượng câu hỏi lớn và thời lượng ít thì đôi khi cũng có người của trang Reddit giúp các khách mời typing, và mình có cảm giác cứ như họ cắt bớt câu trả lời ý -_- . Đọc #AskAndrew trên Twitter và xem nhiều phỏng vấn đều thấy phong cách nói chuyện của Andrew khác lắm.
Pictures above: adamfoxie blog

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Ben Schnetzer, Joseph Gilgun, Andrew Scott and Dominic West in Pride
Given the, shall we say, inglorious Tory record on gay rights in that era, does he find it at all ironic that it’s under Cameron’s government that gay marriage has finally been voted through? “I think that’s pretty cool, actually! It’s preposterous to me – sometimes I think people talk about different types of sexuality as if they were invented in 1973. You know, it’s been going on since the dawn of humanity, and will continue until the end of humanity, whenever that may be.”
He throws down a napkin theatrically and does a cross-legged leap back in his seat. “I don’t believe people are intrinsically homophobic. I think they’re ignorant, and they need to be exposed to things. There’s something very relieving about the idea of attributes of compassion and heroism and a belief in everybody. So it’s not a film for just gay people or miners. Just because you’re not a woman, doesn’t mean you don’t believe in women’s rights!”
I don’t want to use the term “game-changer” about Scott’s Moriarty, but luckily he uses it for me, invisible quotation marks and all. There’s no doubt it has boosted his profile – he says he has to get “a bit fighty” to avoid being asked to repeat himself, still finding his own independent avenues. And he’s glad fame didn’t come too soon: “Nor do I want it now,” he adds.
You can understand why. Thanks to Sherlock, he has an almost scarily devoted fan base who watch his every move. There’s YouTube footage of him being mobbed at the stage door after a performance of Birdland, uncomfortably pressed into a brief telephone chat with someone’s sister in Spain. “It can get a bit crazy. You have to escape via an alternative exit. But then you’ll walk down the street unrecognised to Prêt à Manger.”
He must see what it’s like for his friend Benedict Cumberbatch and recoil even further. “He copes with it really well.” The Sherlock stars, from the sound of it, are all adjusting to the new audience they bring along. “Birdland was sold out, and Martin [Freeman]’s play [Richard III at Trafalgar Studios] was sold out, and… I believe Benedict’s play [Hamlet at the Barbican] is doing OK?! I sent him a text the other day, saying I’d pay up to three grand for a ticket, book me in.”
Scott hasn’t forgotten the tabloid rumours of overexcited Freeman fans disrupting performances of Richard III. “But it’s brilliant that young people get excited,” he says. “I feel very strongly that the theatre isn’t just for white, middle-class people. Someone’s phone might go off, but for the most part they’re extremely respectful, they know the rules. I don’t think it’s fair to sensationalise and say they’re throwing cake at each other. It’s fear-mongering and it’s wrong. A little bit like Pride, that idea of us and them, I really abhor that. I hate it.”
If there’s a surprising dearth of any one thing on Scott’s résumé, it’s Shakespeare. I’ve always thought he could be one hell of a Dane, with that aching, soul-sick charisma of his. Will it be his turn soon? “Well, erm. I’m really looking forward to seeing Benedict. But there are, erm… what’s the thing to say? It’s in the ether.”
Pride is out now

August 15, 2012

As Adam Levine is Interviewed He Sexualy Sparks!

This interview was done by Pride Source
Supermodel girlfriends, rumored spats with Christina Aguilera and the engine that has kept Maroon 5 running for 10 years - there's still so much more to Adam Levine. The adored frontman of one of the biggest pop bands, who recently told MTV that if he were president his first mission would be to legalize gay marriage, is also a straight ambassador for the gay community.
With lots going on - judging this fall's third season of "The Voice," making his acting debut on Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story" and touring with Maroon 5 - it's no wonder the band's latest album is called "Overexposed" (A&M/Octone Records).
In this exclusive chat with the pop star, Levine talks how fighting for gay rights has little to do with him having a gay brother, what he really thinks of people who don't believe in marriage equality and if we'll see him, ahem, overexposed on "American Horror Story."
Of all the things you could've said, why did you tell MTV that you'd legalize gay marriage first if you were president?
It's just so silly and it doesn't make any sense to me that you wouldn't be able to marry whomever you want to marry. It's not our business. I don't know why we're obsessed with making everything in this country our business, all the time. It seems we're a little behind on that, and we just need to make it legal and stop caring so much. It doesn't matter. And it shouldn't matter.
What would you say to other straight people who don't agree with you on the marriage issue?
Listen, I'm always willing to hear all sides of all arguments. Anyone who doesn't agree with it is essentially putting themselves above other people. That's what they're doing. And that's not OK with me.
People have their personal preferences as to what they want to do with their own lives, and they have every right to do that - just like a gay couple has every right to do that. It's just not anyone's business except the people involved. That's all I would say: "What makes you better than these people?"
People have a million different justifications and reasons why they don't want (gay marriage) allowed, but it doesn't check out. Whenever I hear people's reasoning behind it, I think to myself: First of all, marriage isn't always successful anyway. Look at the divorce rate and all the things that go wrong with marriage. Whether it's gay or straight, there are issues with it. Clearly people have a hard time staying together, and that's just a sad truth about marriage in our society. People should be allowed to succeed and fail at marriage as they so desire.
Has having a gay brother influenced how outspoken you've become for the gay community?
I don't think that having a gay brother has affected the way I feel about it, because I would feel the same way regardless. I happen to have a gay brother, but that doesn't mean I'm more of an advocate for equal human rights. That shouldn't change anything about the way that I feel.
But he's your brother, so certainly some of your passion for gay rights is an extension of that relationship, right?
Of course! That contributes on some level to the way that I feel. But I don't know - I don't think I would feel any differently if he happened to be straight. The relationships that I have with people - whether it's my brother or a friend, gay or straight - that shouldn't really ever come into play. Someone's sexual preference is their sexual preference. Let's move on.
When I'm talking about dating a girl and they're talking about dating a guy - big fucking deal. That's the thing; that's what's so bizarre about it: It doesn't faze me. Obviously I was brought up to believe that everybody is on a level playing field and we're all crazy, cool and all that fun stuff - and I don't pay much mind to it, because who am I to judge people? I judge people based on the things that they do. I judge people based on their character. If you have a friend who decides to do certain things in their own private time - even if they're straight - whatever the fuck they're into, fine. It doesn't matter. That's the biggest problem: It just simply doesn't affect the way I view a person. It's so arbitrary.
How big of a role do you think the gay community has had in Maroon 5's career?
The music that we make is for people to enjoy, and as far as all communities are concerned, the band's mission statement is that we make music for everybody and that we love everyone who appreciates it and we appreciate everyone who appreciates it. There's every type of person at our shows. And I love that. The more diverse our crowds get over time, the happier we get as a band.
What's been the best part of shooting "American Horror Story" so far?
It's so much fun. I'm having a blast and obviously Ryan (Murphy) is amazing and so passionate and so cool, and I thank him for giving me this opportunity. It's a really special show to be a part of, and it's been really fun and I'm very excited to see the results.
I've never really seen myself do any of this before, so I'm a little wigged out about that - actually watching myself. It's all new and it's all fun and it's a fresh experience. I've gotten super into it and hope there are more cool things like that to come. And I've got a lot of blood on me!

What does that taste like?
It tastes like gross corn syrup crap.
Dylan McDermott is known for getting naked a lot on the show. Should we expect you to get naked as well?
(Laughs) I don't think I'll be getting naked on the show. There's no nudity for me. But you'll see: It's definitely interesting.
Who's the bigger diva on "The Voice": You or Christina Aguilera?
Probably me. (Laughs) You know, it's cool because at this point, we finally hit our stride as friends - all four of us. Anytime you get four people together who don't know each other very well, at first certain people gravitate toward others and alliances are formed and friendships are formed. But what's great now is that all four of us are very close and having the best time because we're the most connected we've ever been.
Blake Shelton seems very connected to you. So connected, in fact, he has said that he wants to kiss you. Is there a bromance going on that you want to tell us about?
(Laughs) I'm pretty sure all that is in good humor. I'm sure he doesn't really want to kiss me. He's married; he's taken.
When was the moment that you felt like Maroon 5 had become overexposed?
(Laughs) (The album title) is more just a humorous take on the fact that the band is everywhere, which is a wonderful thing. It's kind of nice to put a spin on it and make fun of it and be silly about it rather than turn it into a bad thing. Because it's amazing.
We've been lucky enough to withstand over a decade of, I guess, what you call relevance, and we're really excited about that: continuing to have songs on the radio, playing big concerts and having this wonderful career. But we're everywhere, so I do believe there is some truth to that statement - and it's funny to poke a little bit of fun at it.
A lot has changed in the business since you started 10 years ago. We have Chely Wright, an out gay country artist, and now the first major out hip-hop artist: Frank Ocean. How do you think these people, and the music business as a whole, can be influential in changing people's mind regarding gay politics?
It's a great platform for that. We've made a lot of strides in a lot of ways as far as acceptance is concerned. What's funny is everyone is always talking about the world being so fucked and such a disaster, but when you really look at it, there's an argument in there that the world's become a better place.
Look at the strides. It's really easy to look at all the things that are wrong with the world and say, "Oh my god, we're all going to hell in a hand basket." But I think what's cool to say is, "Look at the wonderful things that we have been able to achieve and look at how much more equally people are treated now as opposed to the past."
I think we have a lot of really big strides to make: For some reason, someone being homophobic is still somewhat acceptable in our society, which I don't like. That's what I hate so much, but I think that we've made strides there, too. It's going to be a long battle. People make fun of people for being gay too much; it's too culturally accepted still, but it's better.
You used to watch a movie and people used to say - I won't say it - but F-A-G all the time. And that doesn't happen anymore. You have to look at that and say, "That's a good thing, man." It's not this derogatory thing that's widely acceptable. You look back to the '70s and '80s and you're like, "Whoa, I can't believe that's in this movie or on this television show, or that it was casually thrown around a lot." It's become a bad word, and that's a good thing. There's always going to be a lot wrong with the world, but I do think it's becoming a better place in that regard.
What about the music business itself: Do you see the music business evolving faster than the rest of the world?
That would be a nice idea. You do tend to find that a lot of people who are involved in music don't care about whether someone is gay or not, or gay themselves. Who knows why that's the case. Maybe that particular part of entertainment is evolving or has always been that way.
Most of the people that I know, it's just not an issue. Most people in the music industry don't necessarily judge people for that kind of thing and it doesn't really come into play; it doesn't matter. People, especially musicians and artists, were more guarded a while ago. Now it seems like it doesn't seem to bother anybody very much, which is great.
Listen, the forward movement with this whole thing is good, and getting it all out there and having discussions and debates only helps us advance, so I'm all about discussing it with someone. I'm still very interested in getting to the bottom of why people don't understand that in saying certain people aren't allowed to marry - what leg do you have to stand on there? Unless you can admit that you're putting yourself above them, then there's no argument. Otherwise you would say, "Everyone has the right to marry." That's a hard pill to swallow because, like I said, I'm always ready to play the other side and to try to appreciate the other side for what it's worth, and you can't really argue unless you can start to understand where that side comes from. But I still don't quite get it. It still baffles me.
by Chris Azzopardi who is the editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBT wire service. Reach him via his website at http//

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March 12, 2012

GaGa and Her Mom Sit With Oprah } See Preview


lady gaga oprah interview
Lady Gaga and Oprah, two of the world’s most powerful women, have been spending a lot of time together lately. Two weeks ago, Gaga launched her Born This Way Foundation at Harvard University with the help of Oprah, and now Mother Monster — alongside her own mother, Cynthia Germanotta — has opened up her home for an exclusive interview that will air on Oprah’s network next Sunday. Head below to check out a sneak peak of the two-hour interview.
Oprah gives us an inside look at the life of Lady Gaga by going inside the star’s New York apartment that she grew up in, and speaks with her mother about raising a superstar. The full two-hour special, part of her “Oprah’s Next Chapter” series, airs on Sunday March 18 at 9 p.m. OWN.

February 2, 2012

Ewan McGregor on Perfect Sense and Dirty Sex

Ewan McGregor.

Which of our senses do we most take for granted? In the film Perfect Sense,
a mysterious plague shuts down humanity's senses one by one, each preceded by an extreme emotion: a profound grief leaves victims with no sense of smell, feeding frenzies precede a loss of taste, fits of rage mean deafness will follow. Ewan McGregor, playing a chef, and Eva Green, as an epidemiologist, meet in the midst of all this and fall in love, even as they themselves lose their ability to smell, taste, hear, or — inevitably — see each other. Fortunately, McGregor has not lost his ability to chat, so Vulture checked in with him about eating soap, taking on his first TV role, and "messy" sex.
Did you spend time with any chefs to prep for your part in Perfect Sense?
I worked with an old friend of mine, Guy Cowans. He has a place called Guy's in Glasgow, and he's also a movie-set caterer in Britain. He became the chef advisor for the movie, for all of the sequences in the kitchen. So I worked with him for about a week, observing, about two or three hours a night, and I actually ended up helping out. I spent a few nights doing service, when it got really chaotic. [Laughs.] I used to be a dishwasher and a waiter when I was 14, 15, 16, so I do have some experience with that, but it's fascinating to watch them keep the orders straight — what steak to cook for how long and all of that. It's really quite something to see. So I was taught how to make several dishes that we incorporated into the scenes. Guy orchestrated most of it; we wanted it to be realistic, for our movements to make sense, so it looked like we knew what we were doing.
You reunited with Ewen Bremner — Spud in Trainspotting — and you act for the first time with your uncle, Denis Lawson ...
That was just delicious. I've waited my whole life to act with Denis. He's directed me [Solid GeometryLittle Malcolm & His Struggle Against the Eunuchs], but Denis is the reason I'm an actor. He's my inspiration. He's the only person to speak to about acting. And Ewen, this is our third film together. We're also inJack the Giant Killer, acting up a storm together. He pushes himself physically, and goes to great lengths, so he's really exciting to watch.
You both push yourselves to great lengths in the food-frenzy scene. What on earth are you guys eating?
That was actually olive oil he was pouring down his throat! He's not swallowing it, but it looks like he is, doesn't it? My jar of "mustard" was actually custard. It's all stuff you could eat. The guys in the fish market, they were eating big lumps of raw fish, because that's difficult to substitute, so the fish stuff was real. Disgusting, huh? I was lucky not to have to do that one. Oh, and the soap — we didn't have to eat soap. That was a bar of white chocolate, with some kind of foam on it that Guy uses in cooking.
Eating soap is not on my to-do list, although it's a sweet scene in the bathtub. It made me think about how much your sense of smell and taste affect things like falling in love, memories ...
It's really brilliant. It's a simple metaphor, that when you fall in love, you lose your senses. We can't eat, we can't sleep, and it just takes us over. And that would have been good enough, but then the way David Mackenzie shot it was so believable and true, and it somehow elevated the idea way above what I expected. It was a very deep, moving experience. People come up to me and tell me they've had entirely different reactions to it. Some people think it's about mourning the different phases of your life. It just taps into something interesting about the human condition, and it's very unique.
What's your favorite smell or taste, the one you would most hate to lose?
For smell? Oil. Oil and leather. Old metal. Like an oily, old car, an old motorcar or motorcycle. The way when you get off and it cools off, it gives off a rich aroma. For taste? Probably something like a boiled egg with toast, or an avocado with lemon and salt.  
There have been a lot of apocalyptic and postapocalyptic scenarios on film lately, but they're usually played for thrills. This is much more a love story. And you've got lots of sex scenes with Eva ...
When the world's about to end, the only thing Eva and I can think about is each other, the need for each other, to fall in each other's arms. We've been reluctantly falling in love, and against our better judgment, at the end of the day — literally at the end of the day for them — what we find is true love. And sex is part of that, an important part of that. It's as intrinsic to this story as music is inMoulin Rouge. I don't shy away from being naked. The Pillow Book, that was about a woman's sexuality, and the idea of not being naked in that is ludicrous. If instead of being naked, you're clutching at a bed sheet, that's nonsense. But I don't like to see the generic Hollywood sex scenes with the bodies glistening — sex is not like it is in some Hollywood movies! Sometimes it's messy, sometimes it's guilty, sometimes it's embarrassing, and you've got to tap into that.
You'll probably have lots of room to explore all of that on The Corrections.
Yeah, but I don't think we'll have to go out of our way. [Laughs.] I haven't seen many of the scripts yet, but it feels like it's going to be accurate to the book, and really detailed. Jonathan Franzen's writing it with Noah [Baumbach], and it looks like we'll have the luxury of time to push deeper through the book and explore parts of the story that aren't in it. That'll be a first.
I was surprised you took the role: I thought you turned down being James Bond in Casino Royale because you didn't want to commit long-term to a role?
Ah, but I didn't turn down Bond. When they were casting it, they spoke to me, and I was one of the actors they considered, but they never quite offered it to me. It's an urban myth!


January 17, 2012

Russell Brand The Interview ) Where Did It Go So Wrong?

From the off Russell Brand was different, dynamic and destined to do something. In this 2002 interview you can see the ambition and energy and the desire to get past his drug addiction.
Portrait of young Russell Brand
Where did it all goth wrong?

When I met Russell Brand in February 2002 he was on a mission. He’d been sacked from presenting on MTV (for bringing his dealer to work), sacked from TV comedyCruise Of The Gods (something to do with masturbating, prostitutes, fighting and drugs, possibly together), and sacked from DJing on XFM (for reading porn on air). He’d just made Re:Brand, a great series for digital channel UK Play in which he challenged taboos by throwing himself into various confrontational situations, and I was commissioned by Jack magazine to meet him for an interview. He was putting together a documentary on the planned closure of East London’s Spitalfields Market, and I spent a day with him as he visited a school on Brick Lane to educate the kids about their community. Holding court at the front of a classroom, he made them laugh while explaining why the market was important and how they could get involved. They loved him.
I saw him play a lot of stand-up gigs over the next year or so, mostly upstairs in a handful of North London pubs. Everything he did was a fluid, passionate mix of politics and exhibitionism. He was the most charismatic stand-up I was aware of, and fed off crowds; the energy and electricity of those gigs, even with only 20 or 30 people present, was fantastic. Some of the staples of his current arena shows – self-loathing sex rants, tabloid dissections – were there back then, although those small gigs were undoubtedly more anarchic. Working the room, he’d interact with as many people as he could, would sometimes turn up as the Elephant Man, and performed riotous puppet shows with dead mice. Later, when he told me he’d cleaned himself up and got off the drugs, I wondered if he’d lose some of that energy and electricity, but he didn’t; he got his career on track, stopped getting sacked from jobs, and translated that energy and electricity to bigger venues.
Re:Brand was a great, unique series (much of it’s on YouTube). Based vaguely around the theme of exploring his, and society’s, masculinity. He hung out with Eddie Kidd, invited a homeless man to live in his flat with him for a week, hung out with the Youth BNP, had a boxing match with his dad, dated an old lady, and wanked off a man in a toilet. Just like its presenter, it was revealing, provocative and funny. After leaving the kids in Brick Lane, we went to a coffee shop in the market to sit down and talk about it.
The thing that stands out most for me about Re:Brand is your honesty. You almost have a childlike approach to things, like asking Eddie Kidd how it feels when he talks, or muttering about the girlfriend who left you because you’re an idiot. You’re very candid on stage too.
I suppose what that is, is that through some kind of psychological disorder I maintained a childlike sense of wonderment with stuff… George Orwell said ‘In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.’ Just don’t get too confused and distracted by all the brightly coloured lights and things that are meant to disorientate us, because everything’s quite simple, we’re all motivated by the same things. Even when I’m getting angry with someone, and my baser emotions are being stimulated, and I think ‘God, I wanna fucking kill that person,’ then you can take a moment to reflect that there are people that feel inadequate and just wanna be loved. And if you could keep that in your mind at all times, we are just simple, biological mechanisms that essentially just want to be looked after, it’s very disarming. Life and humans can be very complex, but really everything is so simple, really we’re just tall children, and the same things that scared us and frightened us in our infancy are prevalent in our adulthood.

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