sir derek and his beards

7

‘I can’t tell you how many boxes of matches we went through. Sometimes it would light, sometimes it wouldn’t, sometimes it would break, sometimes I’d light it and it would go out too soon, sometimes I’d light it and I’d be holding it in the wrong place. It took a long time. Eventually I think there were about two takes when it worked. But we went through a lot of matches, a lot.

Derek Jacobi on filming the 'O! for a Muse of fire’ scene in Henry V (1989)