Richard E Grant’s swipe at Michael Gove over Brexit: ‘Stupid f*****’
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Bradley Walsh is back for the Blankety Blank Christmas special on BBC One and the show is taking a primetime slot on the festive schedule. Six celebrities will be helping Bradley and the contestants out in the fun show, and now we know exactly who all six of them will be. The show will air on BBC One on Saturday, December 25 at 7:10pm, and will feature Angela Rippon, Tom Allen, Sarah Millican, Mel B, Danny Jones and Richard E Grant. Mr Grant is an actor and presenter, and is perhaps best known for his breakout role in the 1987 movie Withnail and I, where he played the titular Withnail opposite Paul McGann.
He also achieved recognition as John Seward in Bram Stoker’s 1992 Dracula.
Mr Grant is also a character off screen, as seen when he was discussing Brexit and various Conservative Party politicians.
It was in September 2016, with the result of the referendum fresh in people’s memory.
The actor said Brexit should be the subject of a comedy show.
Speaking to press at a screening for his new ‘Richard E Grant on Ealing Comedies’, he said: “I think the fact that Passport to Pimlico deals with a section of London [where] they become Burgundians in a short amount of time ‒ there has to be a Brexit comedy. There’s more than one being written right now.
“Michael Gove’s activities in itself were hilarious, that the stupid f***er thought that he could stab everyone in the back and be Prime Minister. There you go, you see! Yeah, I think it’s a ‘f*** you’ attitude to all of them.
“And then you’ve got Theresa May ‒ what vengeance could be wreaked upon that? And she got rid of all of them and then made Boris Foreign Secretary after he’s insulted everybody on the planet. It’s hilarious.”
Mr Grant also spoke about Brexit in January 2020, as the UK prepared to officially leave the EU.
He said that he couldn’t “quite believe” Brexit was happening while talking to Press Association.
On the EU, he added: “They are our neighbours. They are not going to stop being our neighbours and we are not going to stop trading with them or being friends with them.
“I can’t quite believe that it is happening.”
Mr Grant also opened up once about an interview he did with former US President Donald Trump.
Mr Trump was still a reality TV personality and businessman when he was interviewed by the actor at his home in New York.
The interview took place in 2012 during a television series, titled ‘Richard E Grant’s Hotel Secrets’.
Speaking to the Radio Times earlier this year, Mr Grant reflected on the interview.
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He claimed Mr Trump “arrived with two wardrobe-sized bodyguards and he was very aggressive.”
He continued: “I’m intrigued by the status somebody adopts coming into a room and Trump was ten out of ten, very high status.
“I knew I had to lay myself down and put on my female hormones; I had to placate him and flatter him.
“He did that stomping out of the door thing at the end and said, ‘Good job, you could go far doing this’.”
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