JACKIE MEETS JEREMY!
As usual, your intrepid editor has been searching the globe for rare Brettish treasures to share with you. My latest "find" is a
brief 1967 interview from Jackie ("Your Top Pop and Romance Paper"), a British teen magazine. It's full of
smashing fashions (lots of bell-bottom slacks), advice for the lovelorn ("We are three unwanted girls, all eighteen and quite attractive. But we just cannot get boyfriends!"), romantic comic strips, and pix of then-young actors and singers
such as Tom Jones.
And, what's this--a pin-up of Jeremy Brett?! Yes, JB was quite a poster boy in his younger days! Of course, he was always handsome and charming, but his heartthrob quotient skyrocketed after he portrayed the dashing "d'Artagnan" in a BBC TV production of The Three Musketeers. Which is why (at age 34!) he was written up in the following article from Jackie titled:
"HE'S A 20TH CENTURY ROBIN HOOD
by 'Pete,' 25 February 1967
Copyright 1967 D . C. Thompson & Co. Ltd.
I caught up with Jeremy Brett kicking last year's leaves into neat piles in Hyde Park. His casual jacket and slacks were very different from the elegant finery he used to wear in the BBC series The Three Musketeers.
'It was murder jumping about trying to have a good sword fight wearing all that heavy gear. And I felt such a nit anyway.'
After the first episode, the fan letters started flooding in, four hundred in the first week.
'I was overwhelmed at first,' Jeremy told me. 'I had never had proper fan letters before.
'D'Artagnan, the adventurer I played in the series, was only supposed to be eighteen, and I was that many years ago.'
Jeremy was seventeen when he had his first 'walk on' film part. [LLO--???]
'And my first love affair,' he recalled with a deep sigh. 'I fell madly in love with the leading lady and I bought her a dozen red roses. She was very kind and even took me out once.'
Since then, he's appeared in War and Peace, which took six months to film in Rome; Beauty and the Beast on the telly--he played the Beast; Tales of Mystery and Imagination, also on the small screen; the film of My Fair Lady and lots of stage work.
'I think I prefer acting on stage,' he said thoughtfully. 'I like to see if the audience is enjoying itself.'
More often than not, Jeremy is cast as a dashing, romantic hero.
'That sort of part brings in the fan letters, but I would love to do some comedy. To make people laugh is the greatest gift of all. Frankie Howerd is the tops.
'At the moment, I'm busy making records of Shakespeare's plays for America. It's great fun. Lots of actors and actresses get together, people I may not have seen for a long time. We sit in a recording studio and read the plays.'
But his interest in records isn't limited to this.
'I'm quite a pop fan. In my flat the record player is never off. I really rate the Beach Boys and the Four Tops.'
Apart from music, Jeremy's hobbies are simply wandering about, horse riding, and he says he is a toxophilite, which means he's another Robin Hood with bows and arrows. Favourite food is a good old-fashioned fry up and top drink is champagne.
At the moment, Jeremy is very happy with life and hasn't a real ambition apart from not knocking anyone down in his TR4 sports car."
What a fun interview! Now, go dig out those Beach Boys and Four Tops LPs, and watch out for those TR4s... ;-)
Until next time,