19 May 2007
Alan Vega Interview (Part One)
More or less transcribed from an accidental interview in a Cowboy Bar, East of Butlins. Exclusive to An Idiot's Guide To Dreaming.
Me: Alan, don't you think that TV could be improved?
AV: Vietnam is the new Gulf. Tanks coming round the cor-ner...
Me: I mean, everything should be more related - don't you think? That everything should be related - so that the actors are really characters and they drift through various types of programmes, doing their thing, being themselves and seeing what happens...
AV: I'm not sure-
Me: I dunno. I guess I mean that, say the Lucy Liu character from Ugly Betty... what if she were to pop up in all programmes, once in a while? The Ugly Betty appearances would be more often because currently that character is where she's at, if you know what I mean...
Me: Well, she might turn up in Tikkabilla or something but be the same character, have the same issues and so on... She could relate to what happened in the Ugly Betty storyline but also remember her past life in Ally McBeal, that film with Mel Gibson where she was kind of a dominatrix.
AV: I... Blast First?
Me: Yeah, and she'd hook up occasionally with other Ugly Betty characters playing it straight in other shoes. Shows, I mean. Other shows. People turning up in Coronation Street or Friends re-runs... I think she's work well in Dr Who. I can't believe they haven't thought of that.
AV: The timezones wouldn't work out... The Costume Drama Fuck Machine.
Me: One example among many. I always liked that phrase, is it from Beckett? - "he kicked him amongst the balls..." - I can't remember.
AV: And you'd be stuffing popcorn, watching Supernatural or something and Johnny Vegas as the guy in Ideal would stumble on.
Me: You're near namesake.
Me: And people could follow characters through various shows, rather than follow the shoes themselves... It would be a new way of watching TV. People would watch anything with the Lucy Liu character in, whatever it was.
AV: What's with Lucy Liu?
Me: It's just an example.
AV: I always thought someone should make a film with the entire cast of another show, acting differently - context-dependency, if you will - but still being them. Consistent.
Me: It's a good idea.
AV: It's a great idea.
Me: After all, as it is, the characters aren't even that consistent within their own shoes. I hate that in Eastenders, when people suddenly go evil.
AV: I hate it when anyone goes evil.
AV: We should write that film. Get the entire cast of Hollyoaks.
Me: Put them through the mill.
AV: A different mill.
Me: Maybe something like Lucky Number Slevin.
Me: Or the Transporter, with Jason Statham. I think Max from Hollyoaks would make a great getaway driver. Eyes close together.
AV: You may be right. I hope he is the new Doctor Who.
AV: Jason Statham. We need more high kicks.
Me: The more the merrier.
AV: Get him kicking his way through Dalek teeth one day then pulling limbs from Where The Heart Is extras the next.
Me: I'd like to see that.
AV: We'd all like to see that.
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