Kaye joined us for a chat on February 7th, following episode 6 of
the new series. Read what he had to say when he answered your questions...
BBC McHost: OK, let's get started with the first question...
Question from karen d: what made you want to leave
the programme? I'm sure many people like me find you one of the
most popular characters. The show will never be the same.
Paul Kaye: I just wanted to move on. I've
enjoyed it for two and half years. It was my first acting break
and now I want to explore. I didn't know what else to do with the
character. I think it's time to be nasty again.
Question from Sharrie: Did you get emotional filming
the final scenes, and by the way you played a blinder....
Paul Kaye: Thank you very much! I did yeah,
it's odd playing dead! The worst bit was the creepy-crawlies on
the beach - I had a weird shrimp-thing in my ear. I've just been
watching it with my family and there were lots of hugs!
Question from Kat.b: How did you find out about
the part of Kenny? and How did you get it?
Paul Kaye: I'd been writing a series for
channel 4 for 2 years, but it didn't get commissioned. So I asked
my agent to try and find me a casting and it was my first one. They'd
auditioned a few guys and I walked in with my leather jacket and
they said yeah! Luckily, I had my mobile with me - I was in the
supermarket when I got the call.
Question from Karen: Did you ever get any pressure
from the Beeb to tone down the 'punk-ness' of your appearance (assuming
that was your influence coming through)? Or was that one of the
conditions of your agreeing to do the show?
Paul Kaye: No, but I have to tone down my
language! I tend to improvise with a lot of filth but Kenny is a
granny-friendly character. I can't wear any of my clothes any more
- cos I look like Kenny! I've also shaved all my hair off.
Question from abby: I read somewhere that you don't
like your mullet. Are you going to cut it off now 2000 AoS is finished?
Paul Kaye: January 1st I had it shaved and
it feels fabulous!
Question from Kate: Is it true you all the clothes
you wear in the series are your own? Kenny certainly seemed to have
a lot of jackets! And how come the Clash t-shirt looks relatively
new - surely it should have fallen apart by now?
Paul Kaye: That is actually from 1981 I
got it at a Lyceum gig, so you're wrong - it is old - 22 years old!
They don't make them like that any more.
Question from nrparmar: Can you really play the
Paul Kaye: No. I used to play bass in a
band. That was all faked and it's not my musical taste either. I
couldn't believe I had to sing a Nik Kershaw song! How humiliating.
Question from Ann-Marie: Is it true you used to
be the singer in a rock band in Israel with a bloke called Fraser
Thomson who played guitar?
Paul Kaye: Yeah! We were called Stoned in
Question from tintin: If you could choose any band
at all, which would you want to be in?
Paul Kaye: I would've wanted to be in the
Sex Pistols or Velvet Underground or the Clash. I got a letter from
Sid Vicious's mum before she died - she really enjoyed the programme.
Question from Michael G: What football team do
Paul Kaye: The Champions! I hope that was
a Man U fan! I remember this artistic discussion I had with a writer
about which football top I'd wear.
Question from vicky bee: Who came up with all Kenny's
witty comments and proverb type things? coz they were really cool.
Paul Kaye: The writer, Tim. There was a
bit of impro, but Tim was mostly responsible. Tim and Kenny are
sort of soulmates. The spirit of the show came through Tim, so he's
not very happy with me!
Question from Michael: What now after 2000 Acres
Paul Kaye: I've finished my first film called
Black Ball, directed by Mel Smith. Johnny Vegas and Bernard Cribbins
are in it. It's about bowls - trying to make bowls sexy. Brian who
was Dennis Pennis's agent - I'm writing stuff around him for a sitcom.
Acting is fun, but it only half-fulfils me, really. And I'll miss
Scotland, I love that place.
Question from jane: How long do you think you could
actually live on Skye ?
Paul Kaye: We've been thinking about moving
to the country. I don't think I'd miss the city. I could live there.
It wasn't filmed in Skye, you know, there are too many midges there.
Question from Nina: What is your biggest inspiration
Paul Kaye: My children. Two lovely sons.
One's 11 years old and the other's 11 days old! The new one's middle
name is Strummer - that shows you how big an influence the Clash
is to me.
Question from Cisco: What does your son think of
Paul Kaye: He loved him, but didn't understand
a word of it! He was in one of the videos playing a young Dennis.
He wasn't a big fan of Kenny, he thought he was a bore.
Question from jane: Would you consider a part in
2000 Acres of Hawaii ?
Paul Kaye: Yeah, I'd say yeah! Imagine I
could knock up a few shirts. As long as my guitar was burnt.
Question from Piglet: Which character are you most
like - Dennis or Kenny?
Paul Kaye: Abby! A bit of both, I suppose,
Yin and Yang.
Question from MikeH: Is this really the end? South
Park's Kenny always returned next week! Can Kenny return in some
Paul Kaye: (laughing) When I was lying on
the beach, I opened my eyes and all the crew were wearing 'who killed
Question from beck: Are you going to do any more
Paul Kaye: No, I'm not. That got scrapped.
I thought the second series was better, but not really my cup of
Question from kirsty: who wud u like to star with
in a next film?
Paul Kaye: I'd love to work with Steve Coogan
and Simon Pegg. I love Gabriel Byrne - he's the best James Bond
that never was. Miller's Crossing is my all time favourite films,
no, that's not true - it's ONE of my favourites
Question from fifa: Would you ever go on a celebrity
reality television show?
Paul Kaye: No way! I can't understand why
people want to inflict themselves on the public like that, it's
a very odd thing to do. I was in the frame for celebrity fame academy
- but no way! Cameras 24 hours a day!
Question from Dwayne: You didn't happen to see
my car keys when you were on the beach? I lost them at about the
same place you were acting.
Paul Kaye: Yeah, I've got them and I'll
nick your car!
Question from loisp01: Now that I've dried my eyes
and wiped my nose, are you working on anything right now?
Paul Kaye: I'm writing. Cos we've just had
the baby I'm taking some time off. I'm lazy... that was the best
part about playing Kenny, he doesn't do anything but sit on a jetty!
Question from mrs poyet: If you were offered a
part in Eastenders would you take it?
Paul Kaye: No. No way. It over-exposes you
and it sounds as if it's too much like hard work. I got thrown off
the set when I was doing Top of the Pops - Vindaloo. I gobbed on
Arthur's bench when we were trooping round Albert Square and got
told to leave!
Question from Boro: Did u really kill and gut that
Paul Kaye: (laughs) no, the prop people
did it. It was a waste of salmon.
Question from missrubyg: Do you like changing nappies?
Paul Kaye: Yeah, it's all right. My newborn
peed in my mouth while I was asleep with my mouth open and my wife
was changing him. I will get an apology off him, even if I have
to wait five years! Mind you, he peed in his own ear about 5 minutes
Question from dawnbn: Do you speak posh as in the
Xmas advert? or do you speak like Kenny?
Paul Kaye: More like Kenny. I love those
adverts. I got paid in vouchers! And tinsel.
Question from griff: What was your favaorite episode
of 2000 acres of Sky?
Paul Kaye: In the first series, the ghost
story - ep 4? It seemed to be a bit more magic and mystery which
suits the nature of the place. Murdo's wife wandering around senile
and I'd read the kids a ghost story and the old woman was sneaking
in in the middle of the night to make tea.
Question from Dee1: Do you own a comb?
Paul Kaye: (laughs) - not any more I don't,
Question from Judy: Would you let your children
Paul Kaye: I'd rather they didn't. I don't
think they will. Hopefully they won't be as dysfunctional as me!
Question from jane: Were you a rebel or a boffin
at school ?
Paul Kaye: I was a boffin at rebellion!
Question from dude: Would you ever consider playing
Dr Who if it was revamped?
Paul Kaye: Dr Who? Weird one! No, I'd play
Question from Neil: I found the dream sequence
a bit confusing!
Paul Kaye: I thought they might! I did when
I read it. I think they edited it down. I think there was one more
waking up on the beach. It's just the things that go through someone's
mind when they die. People should have known that as soon as the
lighter worked - he'd died.
Question from Dave: Where was your death filmed?
Paul Kaye: It was a place just up the coast
from Port Logan where we film the show. The nearest big town is
Stranraer. It was a stunning beach with these big rock shapes coming
out of the sand. I can't believe I went up in a chopper - I had
to sign a next-of-kin form before I got in! It's the RAF that take
you up - they were so young and spotty! I was looking for the experienced
crew! It makes a helluva noise. Thank you everyone for typing in.
It's been very enjoyable and I'm off to change a nappy. Up the Gunners!
And lotsa love!