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‘Yeah I know, bollocks....’ Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - Behind The Scenes Series 4. These short interviews with the cast was done for the BBC Series 4 of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Christopher Fairbank talks about Series 4 and a short bit about how Pet changed his life. The following is copyright of the BBC. © The images and text are copyright of the BBC and are not to be used or copied without permission.
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"Moxey has an interesting time in Havana," admits Chris Fairbank. "He discovers a little-known Cuban pastime – Guinea pig roulette! "One 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. "Chris admits that filming in the Dominican Republic held many other surprises. I'd 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 and west. "But 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. "Sometimes 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! "We 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 Domingo. "But 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. "But 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! "Despite 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."The 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. "Now that the series is complete, Chris has been taking a well-earned rest and spending time with his eight-year-old son. "I'd 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."I'm happy spending time at home. Chasing Hollywood stardom isn't for me," he admits although he did have his big screen moment in Batman. His 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. "But 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!" I 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 exist. So I decided that it wasn't for me. "Not 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 Crocodile Shoes
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