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Chris Lilley: “The Press Think I’m Crazy”

8 June 2011 No Comment

Angry Boys comic Chris Lilley has claimed that the media portrayal of him in Australia as a “crazy” recluse is wrong.

Lilley, who shot to fame with spoof documentary series We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High, told Digital Spy that it is easier for the press to have “an angle” on him than write the truth.

“I think the press have to have an angle on someone and the boring angle they have on me is that I’m this crazy, reclusive person who is media shy and makes these shows that are really shocking and controversial,” he said.

“They always pull that one out on me. Even though I’m totally not media shy and do interviews all the time and go to events and totally play along and actually enjoy talking to journalists most of the time.”

Speaking about complaints surrounding his new series Angry Boys, he said: “I think it’s mostly the papers. It’s quite a popular show and most people have watched a few episodes, so it works for them to put me on the cover with a controversial headline.

“Then you read it and there’s no substance to the article, which is a shame because I think it puts people off. I think after doing a few shows now, people are ready to put me down.”

Commenting on the controversy about racist character Gran Sims, he added: “I think it’s
clear where the joke lies. It’s a very easy show to pull out a few lines from and take it out of context – ‘Oh, he said “negro”, oh, he said this.’ But at the same time, there’s a voiceover saying, ‘Gran is old fashioned and politically incorrect’.

“When I watch it back I don’t find it anywhere near as confronting as people tell me it is. I find myself believing everything that journalists tell me. There are a few rude words and stuff, but it’s kind of like real life to me.”

Angry Boys airs tonight at 10.40pm on BBC Three.

Source: Digital Spy

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