Gary lockwood

Frank Poole in 2001: A Space Odyssey

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To mark the 50th an­niver­sary of Stan­ley Kubrick’s epic 2001: A Space

Odyssey (1968) Gary Lockwood, who played astronaut Frank Poole along­side co-star Keir Dul­lea, has em­barked on a global tour to cel­e­brate the mile­stone with fans. It will fin­ish in Aus­tralia, “one of my favourite places in the world,” he tells Red Alert. hav­ing re­tired from act­ing 26 years ago, Lockwood has spent the past two years pen­ning his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. he con­fesses he in­tended to be a nov­el­ist: “I was kind of a smart kid, I read a lot and was a good ath­lete. I kind of had a lot of skills and could have gone in any di­rec­tion, but I kind of got way­laid by the easy money and beau­ti­ful girls of the movie busi­ness!” would you like to play the role again?

I guess I would. That means I’d be 28 years old again! I’m 81, so it would be fun to play him again be­cause right af­ter it was over I’d be 29! what would Frank be do­ing now, if he hadn’t been cast adrift by Hal 9000?

He was a pretty laid-back guy, so he’d prob­a­bly be liv­ing on the Cal­i­for­nia coast and sail­ing a boat. That’s what I did. Though I sold my boat, I don’t do it any more do you have any sou­venirs from the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey?

No, we didn’t get any. Though it turns out that if we did have some, they’d be worth a lot of money! what would it say on Frank Poole’s grave­stone? “It was a long trip cut short.” TP

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