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Alfie J

  • Tuesday 17th December 2013, 3:45pm
  • England
  • 55 posts

Anyone think that his brief roles in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (final episode) and Miranda (therapist in S3) where he plays a normalo ruins the mystique around him??
He plays the role of Brian and Jim (and a few others) so well that you honestly believe that he's like that in real life. Maybe he didn't want to be typecast or have people think that's what he's really like......but it does shatter the illusion and I wish I'd never seen that side of him!

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Ben

  • Tuesday 17th December 2013, 9:11pm
  • England
  • 18,336 posts

I think he needs to take on other roles. He's rather typecast as the oddball at present.

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reds

  • Wednesday 18th December 2013, 10:39am
  • Australia
  • 2,651 posts
Quote: Alfie J @ 17th December 2013, 3:45 PM GMT

Anyone think that his brief roles in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (final episode) and Miranda (therapist in S3) where he plays a normalo ruins the mystique around him??
He plays the role of Brian and Jim (and a few others) so well that you honestly believe that he's like that in real life. Maybe he didn't want to be typecast or have people think that's what he's really like......but it does shatter the illusion and I wish I'd never seen that side of him!

Totally disagree. I think that it shows a lot of talent for someone to be able to play characters that are both mysterious and also "normalos" as you put it.

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Alfie J

  • Saturday 5th May 2018, 2:24am [Edited]
  • England
  • 55 posts

I have to say that actually over time reds has proven correct and my initial thought was wrong, so very wrong. Perhaps I was temporarily flummoxed by the experience. It has been known to happen. But his role as an authoritative alpha-male only strengthens his repertoire and reputation. He has since played such a role in Upstart Crow brilliantly.

I should take this opportunity to gush in affection for him.
I think he's the best comedy actor - perhaps of our shores, perhaps of this generation - but arguably of all time?
He does seem to be quite under-rated. This board doesn't seem to show him as much love as I feel he deserves, despite some show-stealing roles in numerous highly rated sitcoms.

Tonight after the return of Friday Night Dinner, he was trending on Twitter. His character Jim really couldn't have been played by anyone else with any degree of success. Mark Heap owns the awkward weirdo because he does it so well.

Who shares my enthusiasm for this peerless comedy genius?

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Chappers

  • Sunday 6th May 2018, 8:18pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 29,323 posts

The first thing I saw him in was Green Wing. He was a fantastic oddball in that.

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DaButt

  • Monday 7th May 2018, 3:37pm
  • The Lone Star State, United States
  • 13,386 posts

Spaced, Green Wing, and Friday Night Dinners: he's one of my favourites.

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Flook

  • Thursday 7th June 2018, 12:17pm [Edited]
  • Devon, England
  • 257 posts

Not seen him in much cept Larkrise to Candleford..

He was the sassy one not wearing crinoline

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James M

  • Sunday 10th June 2018, 3:27pm
  • Kendal, England, United Kingdom
  • 6 posts

He's brilliant as Dr Statham on Green Wing and seems to be great as the oddball Kramer style characters.

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Davida

  • Sunday 17th June 2018, 4:18am
  • Oregon USA, United States
  • 502 posts

I like him as the oddball more, but think he's a good normallo too. Very good actor.

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Juan

  • Friday 17th August 2018, 7:37am
  • NSW, Australia
  • 7 posts

Loved him on Green Wing and 'Dinners' especially the bit he did, with the cat, requesting milk from his neighbours, then on receiver a saucer full, preceding to drink it, dry the saucer off on his mac and hand it back. Yes it was a good piece of writing, but so very well played!