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This documentary is featured on the Criterion Collection DVD for Withnail & I (1987). See more »

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Bruce Robinson: [talking about the casting process] And then fatty Grant who came in with his great jowls drooping... I had to get him on a diet to make him work in the part because he looked like a sort of fat Dirk Bogarde.
[cuts to Richard E. Grant being interviewed]
Richard E. Grant: [laughs] I've got pictures to prove it, I've never been fat. But, you know, I think that's part of the auteur self-worship that directors indulge themselves in, that, you know, "I have taken this person who weighed 27 stone and then reduced them to...
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"Do you understand, do you?"
30 December 2009 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is well worth watching if you liked the film. There are some good (and quite funny) interviews with the major actors (No Richard Griffiths! A major letdown, that's why I've subtracted one star), as well as Robinson, the casting director, Robinson's old flatmates and some fairly good examples of student fandom.

Many of the stories are genuinely interesting, although the one about Zefirelli doesn't get a look in.

It also includes some of Robinson's old silent footage of himself and some of the other real life people who inspired the film.

Danny the Dealer gets well covered, and both the inspiration for the character and the guy who plays him (Ralph Brown) are not quite as you might expect.


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