There Used To Be A Me

Peter Sellers, a comic genius in his own right lived a life full of excess and success – fuelled by mood swings and indulgence. Through his battles with depression, Sellers went on to star as Inspector Clouseau in the family favourite film series, The Pink Panther, demonstrated his artistic range by playing four roles in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic, Dr. Strangelove.

However, when Sellers died at an early age in 1980, he left behind unanswered questions, with no autobiography to reveal a record of his life or feelings. This audio play fills that gap. ‘There Used To Be A Me’ examines the mind of an eccentric and at times, cruel mind, examining the pressures of tortured imagination when given complete control. Only one person could undertake such an incredible role, a solo performance by Alfred Molina. Well known for playing Marvel’s Dr Octopus, this comic fantasy re-constructs what may have been, a documentary on his own life told through his own eyes.

Written by: Ian Billings

Produced and Directed by: Barnaby Eaton-Jones

Sound Design: Joseph Fox

Soundtrack: Abigail Fox

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Who is Alfred Molina?

Get to know the man behind playing Dr Octopus in Spider-Man, Satipo in Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Da Vinci Code…

Words: Colleen Considine

Unless you’re completely unaware of the Spider-Man universe you’ll instantly know who, Alfred Molina is and the impact he had on the franchise. Of course, you can’t have a film like Spider-Man without Spidey, the hero of course is what makes a good super hero movie. But what makes a great super hero movie? A top-notch villain, of course. No doubt you’ve realised we’re talking about the notorious Dr Octopus, better known as Alfred Molina. An actor who has popped up in more film, tv shows, audio, theatre and video games than you could count.

A London native, son of working-class Italian and Spanish immigrants Alfred Molina has transcended into a variety of roles, whether that’s action, voice-work, comedy or theatre. A master of voices, he has a terrific knack for nailing accents, so much so you might not realise he has a cockney accent that Danny Dyer would be jealous of. Driving with ease from Mexican to Italian, or French, and the next he’s Spanish. When he’s not putting on all the voices, he’s been Brit living in LA for over 20 years, someone who grew-up in the multicultural Notting Hill. Having always wanted to be an actor, it came as a surprise to his supportive parents who didn’t seem to quite understand it. But Molina knew what he wanted, even saying he wanted to be an actor from the age of nine!

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Who is Peter Sellers?

Peter Sellers is a household name no matter your age, he’s best known for his role as Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of films. But how well do you really know Peter Sellers?

Words: Colleen Considine

Born in Portsmouth Peter Sellers made his stage debut at the Kings Theatre, Southsea at just two weeks old where he accompanied his parents in their touring variety act around provincial theatres. During the war he developed his improvisational skills when working with Ralph Reader’s wartime Gang Show entertainment group which toured Britain and the Far East. It was after the war when he made his radio introduction in ShowTime, and eventually became a regular performer on various BBC radio shows. Sellers from the early 1950s took part in the famous The Goon Show along with Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine which ended in 1960. The Goon Show was once described as “probably the most influential comedy show of all time”.

During the 50s he began his film career, with the bulk of his work being comedic and him parodying characters of authority. It wasn’t until 1959 when he was able to show his artistic range in films such as I’m All Right Jack, Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita in 1962 as well as Dr. Strangelove in 1964. It was Seller’s versatility that enabled him to portray a wide range of comic characters using a variety of accents in which he would often assume multiple roles within the same film. Satire and black humour were major features of his films, with his performances influencing a number of future comedians.

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