The Scottish Mail on Sunday
‘If I hear that voice of yours again, I’ll break your neck!’
THE preview of The Wrong Trousers in Leicester Square in 1993 had an invited audience, mainly of all the people like me who had worked on the film.
I was sitting in the same row as Nick Park, who created Wallace and Gromit. We were chatting away before the curtain went up, when a guy turned round and looked at me and said: ‘Peter Sallis?’ ‘Yes, hello,’ I replied. He said: ‘If I hear that voice of yours once more, I’ll break your bloody neck!’
Crikey Moses, Gromit! It turned out to be the principal animator for Wallace, who had spent months on end in a studio, making goodness knows how many tiny adjustments to the Plasticine figures to match my dialogue as Wallace.
He might hear me saying ‘What, no cheese, Gromit?’ over and over again, while he adjusted my face and arms and legs to fit the words, so I could see his point.
Fortunately for me, Wallace and Gromit he didn’t break my bloody neck – which really would have been hard cheese.