Rik Mayall Poster

Quotes (24)

  • One of my hobbies is people-watching. I love to sit outside a cafe watching people go by. I use things that I see in different characters that I play.
  • I'm a difficult person to interview. Everything I have to say is in my performance. I don't like to give too much away.
  • I'm not trying to do anything spectacular except to change the fabric of our society and bring down the Government.
  • I was always a show-off and liable to get over-excited. But I have got it under control. I now find people who can't control their energy very funny.
  • It hasn't happened to me yet, but I would now take a job simply to earn money for my family.
  • A fan once wrote to him, asking for an autograph. In a hand-written letter, Rik replied "Here you are you cheapskate money-grabbing Welsh c*nt - where's the f*cking envelope you deformity?? [this first sentence was roughly crossed out] Here you are Daniel, thank you so much for writing. I hope you like the picture. Best wishes my dear friend. (Signed, 'Rik Mayall')".
  • [on his part of Peeves The Poltergeist getting cut from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)] I got sent off the set because every time I tried to do a bit of acting, all the lads who were playing the school kids kept getting the giggles, they kept corpsing, so they threw me off. Well, they asked me to do it with my back to them and they still laughed. So they asked me to do it around the other side of the cathedral and shout my lines, but they still laughed so they said they'd do my lines with someone else. So then I did a little bit of filming, then I went home and I got the money. That's significant. Then a month later, they said: "Er, Rik, we're sorry about this, but you're not in the film. We've cut you out of the film." It was three weeks later, so I was in the film for around three weeks and then they cut me out. But I still got the money. So that is the most exciting film I've ever been in, because I got the oodle and I wasn't in it. Fantastic.
  • [on his five day coma after a near-fatal biking accident in 1998] The accident was over Easter and, as you know, Jesus our Lord was nailed to the cross on Good Friday. The day before that is Crap Thursday, and that's the day Rik Mayall died. And then he was dead on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday, until Bank Holiday on Monday.
  • There's a quality about me that you don't quite trust.
  • It's difficult for me, to look into eyes of a journalist and trust him to present it as you say.
  • I'm frightened of interviews.
  • I would love to do more on the stage; having actual contact with the audience is great. You can give them a good seeing to!
  • You perform for a different audience each night. People who don't understand just think that you go out there every night and do the same thing, but you don't - you have to find out who they are and give it to them.
  • When you're an experienced celeb - which I am - you sometimes just need a bit of space, when you're not 'on'. I'm always on!
  • I don't have moments of weakness. I'm Rik Mayall.
  • I had a very happy childhood, happy teenage years and I was famous by the time I was 22. A charmed life.
  • Other people get moody in their forties and fifties - men get the male menopause. I missed the whole thing. I was just really happy.
  • Words on the page don't have the same impact as somebody saying the words to you.
  • I don't want people to know who I am.
  • With 1,000-seater venues, rather than 5,000-seaters, there are richer opportunities for sucking the audience in.
  • I ought to be groovy and be able to say the enemy is this and the enemy is that... but I've never been very good at... I don't want to have to answer questions I don't know the answer to properly. I have an opinion.
  • I've always had live audiences.
  • With an audience it's now, there are no editors around. It's just me and the audience and it's what I like best.
  • [on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)] The film, with respect ... no, with no respect at all... the film was shit.