David Jason: Only Fools and Horses star blasts censorship in comedy ‘We refused’02/16/2021
David Jason says people who change with fame ‘annoy him’
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Sir David, 81, starred as Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses for over two decades and became a household name by providing hours of laughter to viewers of the BBC sitcom. The veteran actor is also famous for roles he took on in shows such as Open All Hours and ITV detective drama, A Touch of Frost. However, he now believes his colleagues who appear in comedies and other programmes are less censored and have more freedom to say what they want on-screen.
In recent times, scriptwriters have had to become a lot more cautious about the content they create with regards to political correctness.
Although, with the notion of the watershed being introduced, actors swearing in programmes has become a lot more frequent.
Even weeknight serial dramas and shows airing before 9pm have become a bit more relaxed over the language used.
Discussing the censorship issues in play when he starred in sitcoms, Sir David explained: “You couldn’t say certain things, you couldn’t show certain things because it was disrespectful or bad manners.
“You needed to be clever with your dialogue in order to get around things – now you just say it and we are going further in a downward spiral.”
Claiming television and comedies have now “lost censorship”, the veteran actor went on to add that swearing has become “acceptable”.
Recalling his days in the role of DI Jack Frost, Sir David would not let his character use more colourful language on-screen.
“When we did Frost, we refused to swear in that, and not one person in my entire time of playing the role ever came up to me and said, ‘You know what, I didn’t enjoy that programme because you didn’t swear’,” he added.
The star of British comedy stated to Bucks Free Press publication that if a storyline to a show is “good enough”, then viewers don’t realise swearing isn’t included.
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We refused to swear
Those who still enjoy watching Only Fools and Horses will now realise that when they tune in, a warning is given before the episode airs.
With some content containing references that could cause offence, fans are told the sitcom has not been altered.
It has been seven years since Sir David revisited his role as Del Boy, having starred in a Sports Relief special of the iconic sitcom in 2014.
Since then, he has been acting in the revival of Open All Hours, Still Open All Hours where he plays shopkeeper Granville.
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Although the episodes have been filmed in present-day, Sir David and his co-stars have been able to replicate the tone of comedy brought to television 30 years ago.
Broadcasting pre-watershed, the show doesn’t contain any swearing as Granville tries to juggle the chaos which ensues in his shop.
The veteran actor continues to star in the BBC comedy and it seems he has no plans to retire, despite being 80 years old.
“It doesn’t occur to me. Different day, a different challenge, different way, Lovely jubbly,” he commented.
“To make people laugh, to entertain, create a wide range of emotions. It has always been a tremendous thrill for me and it still is,” Sir David added to The Guardian.
Despite last being on-screen together seven years ago, the veteran actor still keeps in contact with his former co-star, Nicholas Lyndhurst, 59.
However, it seems they won’t be reviving the sitcom as the latter explained: “We can’t do Fools and Horses again as the writers are not there.
“It will never happen. It ended on a high,” he told the Daily Mirror.
Only Fools and Horses is available to stream on Britbox.
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