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        3 June 2010

John Hannah Video #4 & Transcript


Bravo has 4 exclusive interviews with John Hannah. Unfortunately they are exclusive to UK visitors. Barbara Davies who lives in the UK was kind enough to transcribe the interviews.

John Hannah Interview Transcript #4
Transcribed by Barbara Davies

In John's final interview he chats about history, education, and talking to interviewers

John: "Getting started in the business is like Oz, it's like the yellow brick road. All roads lead eventually to whatever it is that you end up doing. If you end up doing this, you've probably fallen into it rather than had any kind of plan. And I fell into this trying to get away from something else, trying to look for something else to do. Somebody suggests something, you go along, you audition - whether it's for a job, whether it's for drama school, you just give it a go. And that was it, before you know it, Bob's your Uncle, Fanny's your Auntie, and you're cooking with gas.

"No, I didn't do Latin at school. I barely did English at school, I don't think. I did football and girls at school. So to speak. Well, you know, stuff like that. I was hardly even taught English. I mean, look at me! I'm bluffing. I don't even know which parts of a sentence constitute an adjective and a whatever. See? I don't even know what it is that I'm talking about.

"If you could live in any period in history is such an interesting question. Parties and dinner parties and all that. There's a great Chinese saying of very, very deep profoundness which just flew out of my head there! So forget that! I'll take ... Maybe it's something to do with 'interesting times', maybe not. Something boring times, whatever it was. I don't know, I think we're all pretty obsessed with the past. You know. Like the civilisations of Rome and Greece. And China. Whatever. The Wild West. But, you know, this is the Wild West to the future. So make the most of it. Live in the here and now. Carpe diem. And all of that.

"If I could have special powers I would like the special power of being able to remember what the f***k it was I was about to say next. I think I talk too much. And so... And I have a lot going on in my head. And so .. You start talking about something else. And before you know it, you're on golf, you're on your bike, you're talking .... So I can never.... I'm on interviews all the time where I start, and I babble, and I don't really get to the point quick enough. I don't talk in sound bites and you can never remember what you were going to say next. And then, before you know it, you're bluffing it, blagging it, trying to get through. And while speaking it and therefore looking like an idiot you're also trying to remember what it was that the person just asked you. And I don't remember.

"Erm. What was the question?" [laughs]

Read Interview #1 Transcript here
Read Interview #2 Transcript here
Read Interview #3 Transcript here

Transcribed by: Barbara Davies