If there's one thing we nerds often do - it's tear up when something hits us right in the feels. Our nerd passions run that deep. Over the years, I've been very fortunate to talk with people involved in some of my favorite fandoms. Even better - I will always be able to re-visit those conversations.
Before I started writing this, I clicked on this particular interview to make sure it was playing properly. Once Danny John-Jules said the liner for my 2012 podcast (The Critic Show)...I teared up a bit. I still can't believe I got to talk to The Cat from Red Dwarf. I also can't believe it was eight years ago, and he's still involved in making Red Dwarf stories.
It's clear that he and the rest of the guys love working together, and they appreciate the fans. After all, they've been working together on Red Dwarf for 30 years. With their SDCC at Home panel and the release of The Promise Land on Amazon's Britbox, I thought it was appropriate to share this interview again.
Recently, I watched Rowan Atkinson tell a story about running into someone who said he looked a lot like Mr. Bean, but didn't believe he was actually talking to Mr. Bean. Danny has a similar story in this interview, and it's hilarious.
On I side note, I am also a huge fan of Labyrinth. A couple of days before the interview, I saw Danny share a photo with him and David Bowie working together. It turns out he was involved in Labyrinth too. Not only that - he's in one of my favorite scenes and songs - Chilly Down! When I thought about the voices in that song, I thought, "Of course he's in that!"
Anyway, he's my 2012 interview with Danny John-Jules (The Cat from Red Dwarf).
In some ways, it seems fitting to launch this podcast with a Back to the Future theme. I feel like this new show is going back to my podcast roots and the days when I booked celebrity guests on a regular basis. When my first podcast launched in 2011, my guest on the fifth episode was James Tolkan.
"It's possible that at some point in your life you've been called a slacker."
He said he's had to say the word, "slacker" countless times since Back to the Future, and it didn't seem to bother him at all. I loved that, because I'm sure it can be somewhat exhausting.
One of my last in-person interviews at a convention was with Claudia Wells (Jennifer from Back to the Future). She was so fun!
I also loved one of her autograph offerings where she writes your name, "I love you" and Jennifer's phone number on the back of a clock tower flyer. You can even order a signed clock tower flyer on her website.
Burton Gilliam, my guest on the first episode of For the Nerd, is another example of someone who was only on screen for a short time, but provides an entertaining discussion about his experience. Like Tolkan, he has people come up to him and quote lines.
Fan: Where'd you learn to shoot like that?
Burton: That's my line!
I hope you enjoy our discussion on the July 14th episode of the show.
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