As I thunder north up the M6, I am fulfilling a mission 30 years in the making. I’m at the wheel of a Jaguar and the destination is Uncle Monty’s cottage. I am re-enacting Withnail & I. In this most quotable of cult films, Richard E Grant and Paul McGann arrived in Cumbria during a deluge in a Mk2 Jaguar, which had just one working headlight and a capricious windscreen wiper.
Our F-Pace is working perfectly and its bodywork is unblemished, yet the weather is similarly soaking. I had tracked down the owner of Crow Crag in the Lake District, our heroes’ refuge from the vicissitudes of London life, and secured an invitation [ . . . ]
Happy birthday, Paul McGann! Born in Liverpool to a metallurgist and a teacher, McGann is one of five children—four of whom found their way into showbiz.
A member of the so-called “Brit Pack” (alongside big names like Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, and Colin Firth), the Liverpudlian actor turned his attention to television. It wasn’t until 1996, though, that McGann’s nerd credit was established. [ . . . ] More: Happy Birthday, Eighth Doctor Paul McGann! – Geek.com
As Thatcher’s 80s ground to their inexorable conclusion, a little independent film came out called Withnail and I. As for all independent films, it was nearly not made at all. George Harrison’s Handmade Films picked it up after he read the script on a plane to America, and the rest is history. It launched the career of Richard E. Grant and finally proved that its writer and director, Bruce Robinson, was better behind the camera than in front. (McGann’s career had already found its feet, the McGann brothers being a small acting legend in the UK.) [ . . . ]
he character of Withnail, played by Richard E Grant, in the seminal movie classic Withnail And I, was based on a man called Vivian MacKerrell, with whom the movie’s writer and director Bruce Robinson once shared a flat.Grant never met MacKerrell – he was discouraged from doing so by Robinson. MacKerrell died over twenty years ago and tonight [ . . . ]