Michael Palin is best known for surreal Monty Python sketches and travel documentaries. However on Sunday 23rd November 2014 on BBC 1 in the UK, Michael Palin returns to straight acting for the first time in more than twenty years.
In the three part drama (“Remember Me”), Michael Palin plays Tom Parfitt, an 80-year-old man who is driven by voices in his head to enrol in a care home.
Michael Palin says that to play the part,he “had to come to terms with what it would be like to slow up,but also to be a frightened old man. As I get older myself I find it less easy to relate to the rest of the world – just every now and then.
“You think,oh well, every-one’s younger than you,they’re all doing different things,these are the people who are running the world. So you can,if you’re not careful,feel a little bit invisible sometimes.
I can relate to that and that’s part of the paranoia and the fear that’s in the character. He’s desperately got to do things because he knows his strength is weakening.”
Hywel Davies (the above text is based on an article in today’s Sunday Times (9/11/14).