Last Footage Of Rik Mayall Shows Star Laughing And Joking On Film Set
What’s thought to be the last filmed footage of Rik Mayall has emerged online, the star of the ‘Young Ones’ and ‘Bottom’ seemingly on top form.
Mayall was in Portugal filming a Dutch movie called ‘The Escape’ earlier this month, and appears joking continually with members of cast and crew.
In his trademark bawdy fashion, there are crude and rude gags, as well as some casual boastfulness, referring quite rightly to himself as a ‘pan-global phenomenon’.
News emerged yesterday that Mayall had died, aged just 56.
So far there is no official cause of death confirmed, but his long-time friend Peter Richardson, of ‘The Comic Strip’ fame, believed that a seizure may have been involved.
Richardson’s son had been with Mayall just half an hour before he died at his home in London.
“He was happily chatting away and it was very quick and we still don’t quite know what happened but it was a seizure of some sort,” Richardson told Radio 4’s Today Programme.
Stars of TV and film have been effusive in their praise for Mayall, who was among the vanguard of 80s alternative comedy.
Adrian Edmondson, who he met while studying at Manchester University and made much of his most memorable work, said: “There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing.
“They were some of the most carefree stupid days I ever had, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him. And now he’s died for real. Without me. Selfish b*****d.”
Ben Elton added: “I owe him so much. He changed my life utterly when he asked me to co-write The Young Ones with him and he was with me on the day I met my wife. He always made me cry with laughter, now he’s just made me cry.”
Stephen Fry added that he was ‘distraught’ at the news, calling Mayall ‘a comedy genius and a prince amongst men’.