David Jason: ‘Biggest disappointment? Not landing the role of Lance-Corporal Jones in Dad’s Army’

Born in London, David Jason, 81, appeared in the West End show No Sex Please, We’re British in the 1970s. In 1981, he was cast in the BBC comedy Only Fools And Horses, which ran until 2003. Aan 11 Junie, he stars in A Cold Supper Behind Harrods, livestreamed at originaltheatreonline.com. He lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and daughter.

What is your greatest fear?
That we have polluted the planet beyond our control.

What is your earliest memory?
Hearing a doodlebug go over our little house in Finchley.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Wastefulness and litter louts.

Wat is u kosbaarste besitting??
A little corner table, made in my secondary school years. We still use it today.

Wat hou jy die meeste van jou voorkoms??
My disappearing hair.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
The coral reefs I used to enjoy on many a diving trip.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Tom Cruise, natuurlik.

Which book changed your life?
The one that gave me inspiration for my stage name: Jason And The Argonauts.

Wat is die slegste ding wat iemand s'n het het vir jou gesê?
I once overheard a director say: “The trouble with David Jason is that he believes he is part of the creative process.”

What is the worst job you’ve done?
Scrabbling about under dusty floorboards as an electrician in my early 20s.

What is top of your bucket list?
A bucket.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My vrou, Gill, would be upset if I didn’t say her. The fact that it’s true makes life easy.

Hoe voel liefde?
Warmth and security.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Whenever I’m not keen on anything I say, “Not for me, Raymond” as was often said by a friend’s wife in the home movie of their adventure holiday.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Op daardie stadium, not landing the role of Lance-Corporal Jones in Dad’s Army, but it all worked out fine in the long run.

As u u verlede kon wysig, wat sou jy verander?
Not getting older at each birthday, but I appreciate it beats the alternative.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
To a great scene with the great cast filming Only Fools And Horses.

Wat is die naaste wat jy het kom dood?
Diving in the Virgin Islands. I lost sight of the boat and had to swim to a tiny, deserted island. After a great deal of time, the rescue boat saw me waving for my life on the rocks.

What has been your closest brush with the law?
Playing Detective Inspector Jack Frost in A Touch Of Frost.

Wat hou jou snags wakker?
Dreaming that I am about to go on stage or set but haven’t got the right script.

Wat is die belangrikste les wat die lewe jou geleer het??
To keep breathing.

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