In the run-up to the launch of the memoir I don’t have that much to do and I was thinking of getting back into doing a bit of volunteering. (By the way this is my advertising tagline for the memoir “If You buy one book this Christmas then please buy mine as well.”) years ago I used to garden once a week at an eco-park near my home, then later at another place in Greenwich. However the last time I tried it didn’t go so well. About four or five years ago I began gardening with a group from a homeless charity I had worked with. These hostel dwellers were being eased back into society by fulfilling contracts for councils and urban parks, mostly filling flower baskets and preparing bulbs for planting on roundabouts and roadsides. On my first day I put a great deal of thought into what I was going to wear and when I arrived all the homeless men congratulated me on getting my street sleeper look just right, bomber jacket, big boots, baseball cap. Then a little later on in the day, by accident I was left for a while in a polytunnel that had just been coated with some highly noxious chemicals. Once the the guy in charge had found me and let me out I imagine that a passersby seeing me reeling about, shouting and falling down in the park must have thought to themselves: “Poor Alexei Sayle, a few years ago he was on the telly and now look at him homeless and drunk at 11.30 in the morning.”
Russell I’m glad you’ve found out the difference between a Mac 10 and an Uzi. The Mac 10 of course is connected with my greatest triumph. I’m sure I’ve written about it before but in 1993 I was in a Showtime movie called “Deadly Currents” Starring Bill Patterson and I think the last film of George C Scott. I recorded it a while ago when it was on in the middle of the night on the TV and I’m actually not that bad in it. In the end I get to fire a mac 10. As there was no armourer on the film, one of the producers was doing the guns and when we came to do the scene he didn’t know how to cock the Mac 10 so I had to show him! Which made me feel really good.
It’s interesting to hear about “Selling HItler” being released in the states. For it I had to learn to forge Hitler’s signature as in one shot the director wanted me to do it on camera, in a scene when I was forging the diaries. For a long time it was my party piece to produce Hilter’s signature with a flourish.