DEXTER FLETCHER FARTING
Film: Sunshine On Leith
What happens? A drunken Edinburgh bum stumbles out of a pub – which is full of punters busy singing The Proclaimers’ ‘Over And Done With’ like they’re in some sort of musical – swiftly hiccoughs, then farts. Loudly. You can’t believe you’ve just heard what you’ve just heard, and check around the cinema to see if you can spot any guilty-looking faces, but no, it’s true, you’ve just watched an old soak toot a very loud toot – and that old soak is played by the film’s director, Dexter Fletcher.
WTF? Soap himself, The Man Who Was Babyface, the proper-serious-grown-up director of Wild Bill (where he cameos as someone called ‘Mysterious Barry’), has farted in your general direction. The way Fletcher himself tells it on the Empire Podcast, he was forced into the cameo by his director of photography, George Richmond, and he didn’t go method. For a similar WTF moment in another Edinburgh-set film released in 2013, check out the madder-than-a-bag-of-spanners dream sequence in Filth, where David Soul plays a cabbie and everyone sings ‘Silver Lady’.
The lesson: Farts are still funny, no matter how much you want to believe otherwise.
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