A Conversation With Actor Oliver Muirhead - Page 4
gJg: Did you know about the premise of the show?
OM: Yes, everyone was aware of “LOST”. I actually have a lot of friends who did the show. There was this slightly surreal atmosphere with all of the weird back stories going on and no one knew exactly what was going on. I think that mystery really put an interesting quality into how people performed.
In most movies and TV shows you know the beginning, the middle and the end. There is no mystery. But in this case, you weren’t really quite sure what the ultimate outcome was going to be.
gJg: You’ve had quite a bit of success with children’s shows as well.
OM: Yes. I was fortunate to actually be in a bunch of those types of movies and TV shows when my daughter was growing up. I was very lucky that I did a lot of material that she could watch. I was a mean sculptor in i-Carly and I was also in Kenan & Kel.
This next story might sound as though I’m making it up but I assure you it’s true:
It was my daughter’s birthday and we were getting ready to go out for the day when I was offered a job.
Now, that was very nice but unfortunately it also means that we were going to have to cancel the day. Except for the fact that it was for a part on Kenan and Kel, which was her absolute favorite show at the time.
So she came to the taping and they made a great fuss of her. It was marvelous.
gJg: I was reading where you’ve written quite a few books too.
OM: Yes. I written under another name, George Mole, in what used to be called “humor”.
gJg: Tell me a bit more about it.
There was a revival of classic British humor books back in the early 80′s. Mostly books of drawings and written text. Myself and my illustrator Steven Appleby, who has become a very well-known cartoonist, worked on several books together.
We also wrote for Punch magazine which at the time was a bit like climbing Mount Everest. It was about as good as it gets. I like to think that writing for Punch was a bit like writing for the New Yorker. It sort of meant that you’ve “arrived” and it was very gratifying.Continued on the next page