Fairbank plays Albert Arthur 'Moxey' Moxall
has an interesting time in Havana," admits Chris Fairbank.
"He discovers a little-known Cuban pastime – Guinea pig
of the locals tips him off about it and he and the lads pile down
for a night out. They're amazed at this bizarre situation and it
completely bowls Moxey over."
admits that filming in the Dominican Republic held many other surprises.
never been before and it was beautiful. I think the nearest I've
ever managed was a trip to the Cayman Islands which is further north
the heat and humidity in the Dominican Republic was extraordinary
and unrelenting. It made each day very tough. Apart from the extreme
cold, I think that the combination of heat and humidity is hardest
to work in. It just makes you want to lie down and go to sleep.
it helped as we're playing guys who get seduced by the Cuban culture
and way of life but you can't allow internal lethargy to spill over
on to the screen or viewers would be asleep in three minutes! I
admit that I never got used to it. For six weeks it was an extraordinary
on-going daily challenge!
only had one day off a week so there wasn't enough time to travel
about and see anything. It seems like quite a small island but it
does take hours to cross so we couldn't stray too far from Santo
after a week of night-shooting we had a long weekend off and I went
to visit some of the bounty bar commercial beaches which are stretches
of lovely, white, sun-kissed sand. Truly beautiful.
they were a five hour drive from the capital and driving in the
Dominican Republic is awful. Driving in Santo Domingo is a terrifying
experience, foreigners aren't allowed to drive but you wouldn't
want to get behind the wheel! Every time I got in the car I was
fully braced against disaster!"
the trials and tribulations of filming in a third world country,
Chris admits that it was great to be re-united for a fourth time.
success of the last series really surprised me. I knew that we'd
made something good but I didn't expect the response that we got.
It was amazing. So I think we had less hesitation about committing
to a fourth series."
that the series is complete, Chris has been taking a well-earned
rest and spending time with his eight-year-old son.
been away for a long time and I was running on empty by the end.
So I needed to take a break and spend some time with my family.
I've just been popping out to do the odd voice over.
happy spending time at home. Chasing Hollywood stardom isn't for
me," he admits although he did have his big screen moment in
five minute scene with Michael Keaton became part of the movie's
trail, fixing his face in global consciousness. "It was shown
round the world and gave me tremendous exposure."
an LA lifestyle wasn't to be. "A mate of mine was working out
there as an actor and our life centred around the Hollywood Athletic
Club because it had snooker and pool tables. But you could never
get a game finished because everyone was constantly on the phone
to their agents!
couldn't work out why I was so miserable every night when I had
it all going for me. When you're in work, there is nothing they
won't do for you. As soon as you're off the picture, you just don't
I decided that it wasn't for me."
that his decision kept him out of work - he has since appeared in
Alien 3, The Fifth Element and The Bunker as well as The Scarlet
Pimpernel and Spender and alongside Jimmy Nail in two series of
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