Mindhorn star Julian Barratt: ‘I love squalid sadness’
The Mighty Boosh man is a crime-fighting ham actor in his and Simon Farnaby’s new comedy. Ridiculous, but that’s nothing compared with his acid jazz years
Skewering pomposity comes naturally to Barratt, partly, he says, because he is prone to it himself. “I have the ability to be quite pretentious, which you may have noticed,” he jokes. “I remember films I made at university, which are unbelievably pretentious. Poetry that I’d written that I delivered to camera, against a Venetian blind, strong shadows, looking slightly off-camera.” Black and white? “Black and white. I’ve got that on a tape, which says on it: ‘Don’t ever watch this!!’ with exclamation points.” What were the films about? “Nothing, really. I’m blushing just thinking about them. Oh, dear. I should have known better. I was old enough to know better. That’s the excruciating part.” For now, their contents remain a mystery, but Barratt says he’s thinking about putting on a night with his friends, where each of them show off their “most terrifyingly embarrassing stuff”, so you never know when they might appear.