March 23, 2010

GENIE WILL GRANT YOUR WISH NOW:

Life on Mars detective says what people are frightened to say in PC times: The Life on Mars detective Gene Hunt is a hero to viewers because the detective "verbalises" what people are too "frightened" to say in today's politically correct times, says the actor Philip Glenister. (Urmee Khan, 23 Mar 2010, Daily Telegraph)

Glenister, who plays DCI Hunt in the BBC police drama Life on Mars and its sequel Ashes to Ashes, said people identified with the irreverant character and his style of no-nonsense policing.

He suggested the character was the antidote to Britain's "blame culture" where people were often too scared to say what they really thought for fear of being branded "misogynistic, racist or homophobic".

“It took me a while to realise he’s my alter ego – he’s every man’s in some respect," he told Radio Times. "We live in a sinister blame culture where victims wait to be offended because there’s money to be made.

“Gene Hunt verbalises what people are frightened to say in case they’re labelled misogynistic, racist or homophobic. But I’m not advocating we go around slapping women’s arses.”


They've also got a list of his ten best lines. The final episode of Life on Mars was one of the best hours of tv ever broadcast. Why ABC didn't just buy the British version and show it here is beyond me.


Posted by Orrin Judd at March 23, 2010 5:51 AM
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