Ben Miller interview - Actor/director on cycle crime, Thandie Newton and urine
- The List
- 28 June 2011
Moving Wallpaper actor directs first feature film Huge
The Moving Wallpaper actor has taken time off from his comedy partnership with Alexander Armstrong to direct a feature film, Huge. He confesses to abusing his banana privileges
First record you ever bought?
‘Boys Keep Swinging’ by David Bowie.
Last extravagant purchase you made?
First film you saw that really moved you?
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Last lie you told?
OK, my first record was actually ‘Wild West Hero’ by ELO.
First movie you ever went on a date to?
Kramer vs. Kramer. Odd choice.
Last time you cried?
First thing you do when you’ve got time off work?
Have a deep bath.
Last great meal you cooked?
A pea risotto, a shamefully long time ago.
Lesley Judd, sometime presenter of Blue Peter.
Last book you read?
Behind the Shades, about Bob Dylan.
First great piece of advice you were given?
Urine should be colourless.
Last time you were star struck?
On the set of Huge, when I met Thandie Newton.
First thing you’d do if you ran the country?
Bring back the law where a portion of a cinema ticket revenues went back into making British films.
Last meal on earth – what would it be?
First song you’ll sing at karaoke?
‘Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll’ by The Killers.
Last time you exploited your position to get something?
I just asked my assistant for a banana.
First time you realised you were famous?
Tom Cruise is famous. I’m that bloke in that thing on telly.
Last time someone criticised your work?
Roger Goldby, the director on Death in Paradise, the detective show I am currently filming in Guadeloupe, just accused me of looking much too sweaty.
First three words your friends would use to describe you?
Barmy, foodie, boffin.
Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it?
An exercise bike, four weeks ago.
First concert you ever attended?
Rolling Stones at Wembley in 1982.
Last thing you recommended to someone?
Cut the Rope game from the Apple App Store.
First object you’d save from your burning home?
My Gibson gold top guitar.
Last funny thing you saw online?
That YouTube clip of a bloke jumping out of a helicopter and wrestling a marlin (see below).
In the sorting office at Crewe post office.
Last crime you committed?
Cycling offence. Those lights aren’t meant for me.
First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
Last thing you think of before you go to sleep?
Huge, selected release from Fri 8 Jul.