David Jason reveals Del Boy helps coma patients
Sir David Jason says his 'Only Fools and Horses' alter-ego Del Boy Trotter has helped people come out of comas because people had such an affiliation with the Cockney wheeler dealer
Sir David Jason says his 'Only Fools and Horses' alter-ego Del Boy Trotter has helped people come out of comas.
The actor - who played the south London wheeler dealer in the BBC One sitcom from 1981 to 2003 - admits viewers had such an affiliation with Del, they used to ask him to record messages to their loved ones in the hope of waking them up from their state of unconsciousness.
David said: "He was such a beloved character that he had power in real life and actually helped people out of comas. Their families wrote to me asking me to do Del Boy on tape and asking me to talk to them in the character because it was their favourite show and they thought it might help. And it did. They have written back to thank me. To me that has been the very best side of playing Del Boy. I felt very fortunate that I was able to help. It's an unbelievable."
As well as enjoying the hope he could bring to people, David loved filming the comedy scenes for the series and has revealed his favourite episodes were 'A Touch of Glass' - where Del Boy, Rodney and Granddad drop a chandelier - and 'Yuppy Love', which features the iconic moment of Del Boy falling through the bar.
In an extract from new book 'Only Fools and Horses - The Official Inside Story', he said: "I love visual stuff because I'm a visually orientated actor. So I like the chandelier episode and the bar hatch one obviously.
"They were all such great fun to do and when I was filming 'Only Fools...' I couldn't wait to get up in the morning to go to rehearsals because we just had good fun."