Julian Barratt was interviewed in today’s Times – about his forthcoming acting role, the Boosh and his home life with Julia Davis.
The article itself can be found here; however, the Times only permits the reading of articles in full to subscribers (boo hiss!). However, the internet makes it relatively easy to find out what’s behind the payment wall, so we can share a few snippets with you.
The interviewer reveals of Julian: “He answers questions fluidly, precisely, generously, without a pause. And if this handsomely bearded Yorkshireman doesn’t look exactly psyched about being here, well, that’s OK, that’s his way. Whether in the fantasy world of the Mighty Boosh or the fantasy world of plugging product, he’s nicely at an angle to what’s going on around him.”
Of his approach to performing straight roles on stage, Julian says, “The whole point is not to act, I think, which is what I am getting from most of this. Never be caught acting. Know it enough so that you are thinking about things other than the text.” And of the dynamic between him and Noel Fielding he says, “He’s extremely dogged. He may look flamboyant and weak but he’s a bruiser, you know, he’s a South London bruiser. I wouldn’t mess with him. I’m much more back-foot with things.”
Julian also goes on to talk about their creative partnership, explaining that, “We will do it when we feel like we want to, I think. It has to have that creative spark and joy. Because, you know, we’re like brothers. We were on the road a long time and so we needed to find time to do some … theatre! And he needed to do his stuff.” Of “his stuff” Julian mentions that he and his kids are fans of Luxury Comedy.
After his appearance in NSFW at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre next month Julian is planning to concentrate on making music and writing a comedy detective film which he’s been working on with another TVO favourite, Simon Farnaby.
So while further Boosh doesn’t appear to be in the immediate pipeline, it sounds like there’s plenty to keep Barratt fans busy and entertained for some time yet.