Tele K7 – 22-28 November 1997

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Simon MacCorkindale as Jonathan Chase in ManimalManimal, MacCorkindale, a funny animal!

Translated from the original French, so readability is a little strange.  Translated by SMCFP Member Nadeia

Now 45 years old, the ex-Jonathan Chase, Manimal’s hero, would rather have a farm as fallow land than gathering laurels in Hollywood.  However, actor since age 8, he has experienced the difficult art of the Shakespearean repertory. He would still be burning the stage, if the big, and the little screen, hadn’t caught him, attracted by his big blue eyes and his golden wheat coloured hair. “I started in Hollywood in 1980, I earned a lot of money there, but my parts never reached my ambition” he acknowledges.  It seems obvious if you analyse his career:  killed by Mia Farrow in Death on The Nile, tortured in The Sword and the Sorcerer, hurt in Cabo Blanco, and even killed after only three lines in Family of Cops, showed recently on Canal+.  It’s not surprising then that he liked turning into any animals in the TV show Manimal, a trick to avoid a premature death. But he says he has been shocked by the attitude of a few critics. “Ladies were only wondering one thing. Why was I dressed when turning back into a human?” To think he was dreaming to adapt the story of Héloïse and Abelard …Today, Simon is breeding animals in the 17th century farm he bought. Gentleman farmer but also producer, he only kept from Manimal a passion for elephants pictures. In between scripts – he’s writing a lot – he use to fly to Africa to hunt down deer (tawnies). But don’t worry, he only takes pictures!

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