Police Arrest Mayall’s B’Stard Before West End???
Date: 20 March 2006
Actor Rik Mayall certainly takes his publicity duties seriously. He was so busy playing the part of sleazy politician Alan B’Stard at today’s launch of the stage adaptation of TV political satire The New Statesman (See Today’s News), that he almost got himself arrested. While posing for photos outside the Houses of Parliament to publicise the 15-stop UK tour, the show’s star and his pack of photographers were asked to move on by police. Mayall responded by asking said police officer for a blow job. The policeman said he would have arrested Mayall, but didn’t want to give him the satisfaction of the extra publicity that would no doubt accompany his brush with the law. Later Mayall joked with journalists that the police “were threatened by my rosette. They didn’t want me to be the sexiest person in Parliament.” The show continues on tour until July after which writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, who also penned the original TV series, hope it will transfer to the West End. Marks said today: “That’s down to the producers. If it does happen, we’re looking at November to February, if there is a theatre available.”
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