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The Driver: Horses for courses

the-driverPS_3048423aOne of my friends is a taxi driver. I know, I know, you’re tired of hearing about the showbiz circles I mix in, but it’s entirely relevant for this post. Watching the terminally miserable looking David Morrissey’s performance as ‘sick of life’ cabbie Vince McKee was pretty much like watching my friend. Except for the bundling someone into a boot bit.

The incidences of vomit stained seats, incontinent drunks, foul mouthed abuse, shouty business conversations and uppity passengers criticising your chosen route would drive most people to a bit of road rage and Vince’s descent into being a man pushed over the edge was written and performed well, and stirred a kind of stressed but empathetic tension within me as I watched.

The setup was this: taxi driver Vince has been married for 18 years, has a teenage daughter and his life seems stuck in a rut. His job is dead end and the reappearance of an old friend who has been released from prison opens up a temptation to join a life of crime, overseen by the guy with the gun from the Alan Partridge Film.   Continue reading

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Lustbox: Stephen Mangan

I’m ashamed to say I’ve only noticed how attractive Stephen Mangan is recently. Perhaps it’s because he played the cheesy Swiss fool, Guy Secretan, a smidge too convincingly in Green Wing, or maybe I was distracted by the charms of the utterly delicious Julian Rhind-Tutt at the time. The pair of them doing a series of Barclaycard adverts afterwards, presumably for big bucks, didn’t impress me much it must be said.

But I’ve noticed him as a panel guest in the last few months, and in interviews promoting his new film Beyond the Pole, which also stars the entirely edible Swede Alexander Skarsgard (aka Eric the vampire from True Blood). As a consequence, I’ve become somewhat enamoured of Mangan’s hair. I don’t know what it is about unruly curly locks (which Mr R-T is also in possession of, as is Gabriel Byrne and Rufus Sewell) but they are damned sexy. And so it appears that, when he’s not playing a Swiss pillock, not only is Stephen Mangan funny and smart, he is also very attractive to boot.

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