'Mighty Boosh' star Julian Barratt on eyepatches and action figures
It is hard acting with an eye patch.
I mean, you have to be twice as good an actor.
How do I look?
Like you need some help.
I work alone.
Did you bring much of yourself, then, into Richard Duncroft, the idiosyncratic actor?
The actor is past his prime and sort of slightly lost
I wasn't going to put it that way but
Slightly balding and
It was a real stretch to get there.
Yes I did I put a lot of energy.
We're all a couple of bad decisions away from being Richard Thorncrom.
Not too far away, it was a fun character to play because he lives in a.
A lot of denial about the modern world and there's a lot of blind spots.
Lots of blind spots or just one big blind spot.
Blind spot with an eyepatch.
Yeah, half of his blind spot he can't even see.
It's an actual blind spot.
You can't hide the truth from Mindhorn.
It only took us about two hours to write it but it took ten years to get the finances together.
That's not true is it?
We were quite bad at pitching it.
So you have to sort of take people through and go it's a show called Mind Hog about a guy with a bionic eye.
25 years later it's an employee.
So you would get thrown out actually after the Isle of Man bit.
So one of the thing I love about the film is kinda the memorabilia like the action figure and the board games and annuals, and stuff.
What was that like being immortalized in plastic?
Yes, it was interesting.
I mean I didn't keep any of those dolls though I was tempted but I know there's a bad curse if you take some tiny effigy of yourself from a film it can.
Yeah you can wake up in the night and it can be sitting on your beside table looking at you.
But speaking of action figures Simon you were in Rogue One.
So they made a kind of digital representation of your face.
They did and they sort of have all these cameras and they take information required to make an action figure of blue five so that is somewhere on a disk somewhere.
You do different expressions and they have.
So did you do all four?
I did well it's only three isn't it?
The smiling sad and the other one.
It's quite useful because we can use that information if like we wanna do a sequel and maybe you die or something then we can build you and I can still do it.
We can rebuild him.
It could be like a detective with his hologram mate.
But who would?
It would have no soul.
So what's next for Richard Thorncroft, Doctor Who's recruiting.
Doctor Who yes and yes Doctor Who.
Yes of course that'd be interesting.
There could be a campaign for Richard Thorncroft to play Doctor Who.
I like that idea.