I have just learned that Danny John-Jules, the guy who played Cat in one of my all time favorite science fiction dramedy shows ever, was in A Goat's Tail. Pathetically this tidbit landed in the inbox a couple of weeks ago but I'm so far behind I just noticed. He had to have been the politician in the movie...clearly I didn't recognize him because he's such a good actor! That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
Red Dwarf was a super great show, and DJJ's character was one of the fabulous things about it. I love that guy so much he was the only reason I went to see Blade II. Here's a link to the official Red Dwarf site, it's heavily insider, so if you've never heard of Red Dwarf, here's a good BBC summary of the show. Two of the leads on that show were black men. What with American sf shows being overwhelmingly pale back then (not that much has changed over the years), that really jumped out. Am too lazy to Google for details now, but I remember reading how when the Hollywood People came sniffing around to adapt the show for the American market, of course the first thing they did was make one of the leads white. I can't remember if it was the Cat or Lister.
Red Dwarf was one of those shows discovered by accident, as most of us did back in the days before cable and sat, when PBS was the only outlet for stuff like this. Just as you arranged your entire life around when Dr. Who would be on, when I discovered Red Dwarf and spread the word, we arranged our entire lives around being in front of the television when it was on. Still have the old videotapes recorded from back then. Though they are like comfort food, I need to upgrade to the dvds. In many ways this show is still my personal standard when it comes to trying to crit certain of my own stuff, and I strive to reach its threshold of Entertainment Excellence. Haven't yet, but working on it.
You know how in soccer there's the yellow card/red card/black card thing? That comes up in the show at times. James & I had the Red Dwarf card. I can't remember how it first came up, but he invented it and it was meant to be a positive instead of a negative. Because one of the best things I ever did for him was introduce him to Red Dwarf, he decided that up to three times a each year I get a complete pass on whatever it is I'd done to completely piss him off. He'd say/yell RD CARD, OKAY meaning I could continue doing whatever it was that set him on edge but I was forgiven and he could move on, our relationship intact. He actually made up one by gluing a piece of red velvet on the back of a Queen of Spades. (That artifact is currently at the bottom of Lake Okeechobee, lost during a gator hunt. Long story.) I used up a lot of those cards on HWSNBN, whom James despised from a distance probably right up to the day he died. Odd thing is, until this moment of typing I didn't realize that not once over all those years did the thought ever hit to invoke an RD card in return. I'll leave that to my future psychotherapist to explain to me.