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‘I couldn’t afford loo roll’: Bruce Robinson on being skint, Zeffirelli’s advances and Withnail’s return

27 April 2024

9:00 AM

27 April 2024

9:00 AM

Bruce Robinson is ramming a huge log into the grate of his ancient fireplace in mud-clogged Herefordshire. He’s 77 and the film for which he is famous, Withnail and I, is about to open as a play. Isn’t it curious it hasn’t happened before, given that the comedy is about two thirsty, unemployed actors and is a sort of love-hate letter to the theatre?

‘I was living on 30 bob a week – I could either afford fish and chips or ten gold leaf’

‘I wasn’t fond of the idea of staging it,’ says Robinson, who wrote and directed the 1987 film...

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