Patrick Macnee 1922-2015

From The Guardian:

Patrick Macnee nearly lost the role of bowler-hatted Steed because of his aversion to violence. In a 1997 interview he recalled being told by producers that he would have to use a gun on the show.

“I said, ‘No, I don’t. I’ve been in World War II for five years and I’ve seen most of my friends blown to bits and I’m not going to carry a gun.’ They said: ‘What are you going to carry?’ I thought frantically and said: ‘An umbrella.’”

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2 thoughts on “Patrick Macnee 1922-2015

  1. …indeed… to think that his character would not have been as captivating and leaving with such a lasting image without his umbrella … score one for principle..!

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