IF ever a role was made for an actor, it’s Mackenzie Crook as Worzel Gummidge. The Bafta winner writes, stars and directs the new BBC1 adaptation of the classic children’s book which will be shown for the first time this Christmas. And it wasn’t exactly tough for him to get into character as the loveable scarecrow. Speaking to The Sun, Mackenzie says: “I’ve always played quirky roles and he’s the ultimate quirky character, so I was born to play him. “Also, there’s a bit of a resemblance. You can’t play a scarecrow if you’re a portly gentleman, let’s say.” With his slim physique, scruffy facial hair and strong West Country accent, it’s clear why Mackenzie was immediately sounded out for the project by Executive Producer Kristian Smith, who worked with the actor on his comedy Detectorists.Kristian, who acquired the rights to the Worzel novels by Barbara Euphan Todd through production company Leopard Pictures, came up with Worzel’s new look himself, as he did with all the other scarecrow characters who feature in the project’s two hour-long episodes. He then sketched his creations for the make-up and costume departments to bring to life — which was no mean feat. Mackenzie says:… Read full this story
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