Truth Seekers' Julian Barratt 'felt like a pig in s**t' playing 'horrible, mind-controlling maniac' cult leader

TRUTH Seekers' Julian Barratt 'felt like a pig in s**t' playing a 'horrible, mind-controlling maniac' cult leader.

The 52-year-old comedian stars in the new Amazon Prime Video series by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost about a team of part-time paranormal investigators.

The comedy horror sees Julian play the villain, Dr. Peter Toynbee, who is uses his supernatural expertise as a disguise for his real role as a cult leader preparing for the next Armageddon.

Speaking about his evil new role and what drew him to it, Julian told The Sun Online jokingly: "I'm an egomaniac, I think the world should just believe everything I believe and do what I say."

He continued: "My inner cult leader, you know I think everyone has one of those and it was really easy to plug in to.

"I was like a pig in s***, who doesn't want to play a villain? Who doesn't want to play a mind controlling maniac? It just gets it all out your system."


The Mighty Boosh star – who has teenage twin sons with partner Julia Davis – added: "My kids obviously recognised too many of those things. I think it's fun to access that sort of side of you.

"It was a joy to play someone so horrible. Playing nice people is not quite as much fun. We all have two sides, it's amping up the inner evil."

Meanwhile Nick, 48, revealed to The Sun's TV Mag that the farcical adventures of his character Gus and his pals were inspired by real life experiences from his younger days.

He revealed that as boys, he and Simon were both fascinated by the paranormal and would even conduct their own ghost hunts.

He said: "The inspiration was Simon Pegg and I were ghost hunters when we were younger, we used to often go and spend Saturday night in a big old abandoned warehouse or in a Church graveyard and try to evoke the spirit of a long dead relative.

"We loved the X Files and Arthur C Clark’s World of Strange Mysteries. We always loved getting scared and frightened," he added.

Truth Seekers premieres on Amazon Prime Video on Friday.

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