So, off-topic to my life, on the 9th of June one of my favourite actors of all time passed away. I remember being sat at work flicking through the news and coming across the article that described the event that took place that day; I was so shocked, I had to actually search his name to make sure I had the right face and the right name. To my disbelief, he had in fact passed away apparently due to an ‘acute cardiac arrest’ after a run; he died at home and his death was not believe to be suspicious, his family had a private funeral for him on the 19th June.
I was so shocked, and I think I discovered this a couple of days after he died; I sat there at my desk and I think I said something along the lines of ‘well this f***ing sucks’. He wasn’t an actor that I obsessed over like some do with say, Johnny Depp, but he was an actor that from the moment I saw him I knew he was an amazing person and he instantly captured me; I even had a crush on him in his younger days!
The first time I properly watched him was when my ex introduced me to ‘The Young Ones’; English comedy is prized for it’s crazy, cringe-worthy and gross comedy, Rik Mayall was a brilliant actor for these sorts of comedy. He has been described by his daughter as being a ‘wonderful, generous, foul-mouthed, hysterical father’ and it describes him perfectly. I enjoyed him again in ‘Bottom’, and then in ‘Drop Dead Fred’, and the most recent thing I watched him in was last year’s ‘Man Down’ with Greg Davies where he played his father. There were other things he was in of course like ‘Blackadder’, and he even lent his voice to the Playstation 1 game ‘Hogs of War’ (which btw I always said sounded just like him and was so happy when I found out yesterday it was in fact his voice)! He was one of those actors that I often brought up and would always end up saying how much I loved him and how he made me laugh, even if I didn’t watch an awful lot of his work; I don’t have many actors that I express such fondness for, but as I said he totally captured me when I first watched him.
Even though it has been 2 and a half weeks since his death, it hit me again yesterday because Comedy Central were paying tribute to him by playing his shows; I sat here and watched the end of Drop Dead Fred (always wished it was me giving him that kiss at the end) and had a little cry that he was no longer here. I honestly don’t do this to many celebrities at all, when Michael Jackson died the world stopped for a day and so many people were terribly upset but although I felt sad, I didn’t cry. The same with Heath Ledger and Amy Winehouse, I felt sad but that was it and it passed over quickly; I think this is the first time I have genuinely cried over a famous person. I always imagined that he would be someone I would get the chance to meet somehow, if I could choose 3 celebrities I think he would’ve been one of them; I can’t get over the fact that it will never happen now, that after all this time he is no longer around. It’s so weird when your favourite celebrities pass away, it seems unbelievable because you expected them to always be around.
I led in bed last night and tried to think of any other celebrities that I am likely to cry over should they pass away, and the only one I could think of would be Jackie Chan and I sure hope he sticks around for a very long time because I definitely want to meet him one day.
Anyway, this blog post is just my little rememberance for someone who I thought was an amazing actor and comedian, I will always be saddened by this lost and my thoughts go out to his family and closest friends; I really wish that I had had a chance to meet him, it really would have made my day and now that will never happen. R.I.P Rik Mayall, I will never forget you and you will forever have a place in my heart along with your talents.
‘There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing. They were some of the most carefree stupid days I ever had, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him. And now he’s died for real. Without me. Selfish bastard.’ – Ade Edmondson.