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Roger is a pretty conservative guy. Sure he’s given to an impromptu rat satire now and again, but he’s all bundled up in those wooly jumpers (sweaters), and drab professorly browns. Richard Rankin, who plays Roger (as you know) made his first fan convention appearance recently at The Gathering 2017, and turned out to be quite a departure from his character.
I was supposed to meet (and interview) Richard Rankin in Germany at the convention earlier this month. When some pressing family matters came up, I opted to stay home. I’m glad I did; family comes first. But after seeing snippets of his panels and hilarious poses with fans for photos, I really do look forward meeting Rik at some point in the future. What a bloody FUN guy!
Here’s a 60 second Q&A with Richard Rankin from BAFTA Guru…
Apparently Rik does such a good Glaswegian accent that some of us are having trouble understanding him, so I’m adding a wee transcript of this video:
“Hi I’m Richard Rankin and this is my BAFTA 60 seconds challenge. OK so, here we go…
What’s the secret to success? Hard work and a lot o’ luck.
If you could steal someone else’s career, who would it be? It would probably be… Emma Thompson
Who should play the next Dr Who? Lenny Henry… or me.
What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you on set? I got hit in the face with a cake by a runner… Jimmy Watkins
Who’s your guru? I’m re-reading a Mitzner book at the moment, I suppose the fact that I’m re-reading it means he’s a bit of a guru for me.
Age 5, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was 5, I think I wanted to be Stay-puff Marshmallow man from Ghostbusters.
Which accent do you think is the easiest and hardest to do? The easiest accent… I do Glaswegian really well. And hardest I find for myself is ‘South African’ (said in a South African accent)
What are your tips for auditioning? Getting along with the casting director, yeah.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what film, TV Box set, or video game would you take with you? World of Warcraft (my 14 year old says this is probably the most popular video game ever created).
Sum up your job in 3 words: bloody good fun.
So, I’ve been Richard Rankin, and thank you very much.”
This video transcription is brought to you by my ears that have been trained to understand a Glaswegian accent thanks to hours and hours of editing my interview with Àdhamh Ó Broin (thanks Àdhamh!)
And some sassy photos and a gif from The Gathering 2017…
— The Rank and File (@RRankinFans) March 14, 2017
Photo: Izzie @AndrewGowerF4ns
In case you haven’t been to a fan convention, there’s normally a chance to pose with the actors for a professional photo which makes a nice souvenir. Sometimes fans request silly poses, and it looks as if RR was all in for the fun… love it!
— Laura Elizabeth🦄🌸 (@2LauraElizabeth) March 13, 2017
— SweetClanLassees (@ClanLassees) March 13, 2017
The actors often meet each other for the first time at these events; if they’ve never had a scene together, there’s a good chance they haven’t met (unless at a read through or some other group meeting). Here is an adorable shot of Rosie Day (Mary Hawkins) and Rik Rankin, which Rosie put on Twitter.
— Rosie Day (@rosiedaydream) March 12, 2017
Yet another fun Scot, that country seems full of them. Looking forward to more Rik and Roger in Season 3!