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5 hours ago, bAzTNM#1 said:

I remember reading that John Challis hated being remembered as being Boycie. He finally came around

Was it the barrow load of cash for his spin off that did it, or was it before then?

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3 minutes ago, Tommy! said:

Was it the barrow load of cash for his spin off that did it, or was it before then?

I’d say before. My friend booked him for a signing in his shop he had at the time, must have been 2002/3 ish. He was happy to sign any OFAH merchandise and even recorded some video messages in character.

He was booked in a Dr Who shop for a Dr Who signing.

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I'm sure the money etc didn't hurt, but he really did end up loving the whole thing. I've seen celebs that are one way in front of fans and completely different behind the scenes, but John was genuine in his enthusiasm and enjoyment of meeting the fans - even when it was such a regular thing.

I think you just get to a point where you can either accept it and go along for the ride and enjoy the positives or end up very bitter.

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He properly loved the Boycie gimmick by the end. He lived not far from me so I'd see him all the time. He would take any opportunity to have a stall set up selling photos and autographs. It was verging on Virgil levels but he was always a lovely bloke about it - happy to chat to anyone and everyone. Food Festival in the town square? He'd have a table in between a cheese monger and a bloke selling hot sauces. Village fete? He'll be set up next to the coconut shy. Makers Market in the town square? He's down the bottom opposite the woman with her home made bird boxes.

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Mick McGinty, the artist responsible for all of the home console Street Fighter 2  box art, Streets of Rage 2 box art, Kid Chameleon box art and posters for Jaws 2, Big Foot and the Hendersons and Dragnet has passed away. Some iconic stuff in terms of game art

 https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-09-20-mick-mcginty-the-man-behind-so-much-iconic-90s-video-game-art-has-passed-away

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44 minutes ago, Merzbow said:

Richard H. Kirk best known for being part of the early Industrial pioneers Cabaret Voltaire passed away today.

The Cab's were fucking great, from harsh experimental industrial to catchy synth pop they could do it all when it came to electronic music.

Probably says a lot about me but when I saw this news I was gutted, then wondered if you had heard. 

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2 hours ago, Keith Houchen said:

Probably says a lot about me but when I saw this news I was gutted, then wondered if you had heard. 

I was half expecting to be tagged by you before I came to post it.

My Twitter timeline is so depressed right now, Richard really meant a lot to anyone involved in the experimental scenes.

 

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6 hours ago, Hannibal Scorch said:

Willie Garson, Character actor but probably best known from the Sex in the City universe, has died from cancer at 57.

Lee Harvey Oswald in 'those' Quantum Leap episodes too if i remember correctly. RIP

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23 hours ago, patiirc said:

Lee Harvey Oswald in 'those' Quantum Leap episodes too if i remember correctly. RIP

You do remember correctly. Someone who had met Oswald told Garson he had an uncanny resemblance to him and he went on to play him in a TV movie and a few TV shows. He auditioned for the JFK film but missed out. That Quantum Leap was amazing, too!

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