GANG OF FOUR

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Who’d be the best at fly­ing Star­bug? Have they ever eaten gaz­pa­cho soup? YOUR Richard Ed­wards puts the ques­tions to the crew of Jupiter Min­ing Cor­po­ra­tion Red Dwarf... ves­sel

Leon Old­man HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR AP­PROACH TO PLAY­ING YOUR CHAR­AC­TERS IN MID­DLE AGE COM­PARED TO THE EAR­LIER SE­RIES WHEN YOU WERE IN YOUR 20S?

CHARLES i used to, be­lieve it or not, try and get fit to do Red Dwarf, but on XI and XII i just thought, “you know what i’m go­ing to do? i’m go­ing to drink beer and eat curry for six months.” so that’s what i did. i rather en­joyed it. JOHN-JULES He’s noth­ing like his

char­ac­ter…

BAR­RIE rim­mer is driven by frus­tra­tion and stress and just the hellish­ness that’s go­ing on around him, so day one on Red Dwarf, you’re there.

LLEWELLYN i think the thing is that be­cause we’ve all been do­ing it for some time, i’ve never ac­tu­ally con­sciously sat down and thought, “now, how do i do Kry­ten?”

BAR­RIE as soon as you slap on the “H” and get the di­a­logue go­ing, we’re there.

Lucy smith HOW MUCH OF YOUR OWN PER­SON­AL­ITY COMES OUT IN YOUR CHAR­AC­TERS?

CHARLES i think they’re all car­i­ca­tures of cer­tain as­pects of our per­son­al­i­ties.

JOHN-JULES the fact that we had a re­hearsal pe­riod be­fore shoot­ing [se­ries I], al­lowed doug the time to ac­tu­ally study th­ese guys [charles and Bar­rie] and then in­cor­po­rate some of their ec­cen­tric­i­ties.

LLEWELLYN they used to say they lis­tened to us when we were hav­ing lunch to­gether, and there were cer­tainly mo­ments when you’d say some­thing as a joke and it would be in a script three weeks later.

BAR­RIE i re­mem­ber on se­ries V or VI walk­ing around shep­per­ton say­ing, “the least we could do is try and be more pro­fes­sional.” and lo and be­hold, that week rim­mer is on star­bug go­ing, “can’t we just be a lit­tle bit more pro­fes­sional?” garry clark

HAVE ANY OF THE CAST PUT FOR­WARD A STO­RY­LINE IDEA THAT HAS COME TO FRUITION IN AN EPISODE?

CHARLES On the new se­ries, there’s the mechanoid in­ter­galatic Lib­er­a­tion front. JOHN-JULES that came out of a joke. CHARLES i wanted us all to be­come Kry­tens! also, robert co-wrote an episode [in se­ries

VIII]. well, robert came up with the idea and then doug com­pletely rewrote it and made it funny!

LLEWELLYN that is ab­so­lutely the best de­scrip­tion. i wrote this thing where they were search­ing for a spare head for Kry­ten – ie Kry­ten’s not in it, i’d still get paid, i didn’t have to wear the rub­ber, i didn’t have to re­mem­ber any lines. doug rewrote it so that Kry­ten dis­cov­ers his brother, which meant that i had to play two char­ac­ters. i was in more masks for longer and had more lines!

michael James HAVE ANY OF THE CAST AC­TU­ALLY EVER EATEN

I have eaten gaz­pa­cho soup. It should Be warm. I Want MY soup to Be hot!

gaz­pa­cho soup? CHARLES i have, yeah. JOHN-JULES i ac­tu­ally did ask them to

warm it up. BAR­RIE rim­mer’s got a point, you know. LLEWELLYN it should be warm. i want my soup to be hot! charlotte thomas what ques­tion do you get asked By red dwarf fans more than any other? JOHN-JULES when’s the next se­ries? CHARLES and will there be a film? BAR­RIE is The Brit­tas em­pire com­ing back? CHARLES what were they think­ing about

get­ting that dara Ó Bri­ain in [to do Ro­bot wars]?

BAR­RIE peo­ple now know that the “H” is put on with dou­ble-sided tape, so they don’t need to ask that any more. CHARLES is chris Bar­rie like rim­mer? BAR­RIE then they find out he is! James Bai­ley

WOULD YOU LIKE THE CAT PEO­PLE TO RE­TURN?

JOHN-JULES well, funny you should say that… we kind of delve into that topic. i won’t say how far, but we do delve into it in se­ries XII. not in the guise that you’re talk­ing about, but you will see! [laugh­ter]

I LIKE TO THINK THERE’S A HAPPY END­ING FOR LIS­TER. HE RIDES OFF INTO THE SUN­SET

it’s true. what is not true about that? you tell me that what i just told you is rub­bish!

BAR­RIE all you’ve said is true – it’s just the length of time it took you to say it.

JOHN-JULES i was try­ing not to do spoil­ers, and i get knocked for it. i just hope doug nay­lor’s read­ing this! James Bradley

will Lis­ter ever get to fiji?

CHARLES i don’t know. i’d like to think there’s a happy end­ing for Lis­ter some­where. i’d like to think he gets to­gether with Kochan­ski, he has Jim and Bexley and he rides off into the sun­set.

LLEWELLYN we did talk to doug about do­ing an end­ing, a last episode, and he doesn’t want to, which i kind of un­der­stand.

JOHN-JULES ar­riv­ing on fiji doesn’t have to be the end­ing. He could get there and it’s not what he ex­pected.

LLEWELLYN we know that if we read in the script that Lis­ter ar­rives in fiji, and we’re think­ing, “fan­tas­tic, where are we film­ing that?” it’ll be clap­ton. in fe­bru­ary. with very bright lights.

BEN DAW­SON DO YOU FEEL THAT RED DWARF HAS A NAT­U­RAL END POINT, OR COULD IT GO DOWN THE GRUMPY OLD MEN

The cast of Red Dwarf is here to an­swer your ques­tions!

Who needs au­di­ence laughs when you can bring your own?

Four TV stars, an SFX edi­tor and a ta­ble.

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