First, Real Life Peter in 1997, do you think there is such thing as a quintessentially British film? And if so, is this it?*
And that’s all you need to know about What Rats Won’t Do which has finally (finally!) been released on dvd.
*actual question asked by interviewer.
Except actually apparently not because just look how long this is.To more or less quote myself from the original slow motion filmography post (from way back in 2014 when the only available version of the film was a vhs-rip with hardcoded Portuguese subtitles), this is another not-huge supporting role for Peter, this time as Tony the
somewhat dodgy solicitor
who also seems to be something of a PR and who is the
best mate of the lead played by James Frain (who was also in Prime Suspect 3 although he and Peter didn’t have any scenes together).
Tony doesn’t have all
that much to do except wear lots of iridescent ties
with those weird overly-buttoned late 1990′s suits
while throwing people into cars (see above), navigating press packs (see above), drinking champagne in limos (see above), and when the occasion calls for it, giving excellent glare.
Also, there’s only one real instance of what you might call swearing in anger in this and guess who does it?
Also, also, this probably just the only time you will ever see Peter anywhere near a cricket game, much less wearing (extremely untidy) cricket whites with matching white suede shoes.
No, we don’t get to see him play (“play”), which
obviously would have been the best thing ever, but life is full of disappointments that we must learn to bear gracefully.