Alan Young


filby.JPG (177120 bytes)On the subject of playing Filby per et fils, Alan Young told Ray Ferry, editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, "George [Pal] said to me, 'I can't pay you very much, but you can do whatever you want with the character,' and I said, 'Well, I'd like to make him Scottish," because I am Scottish, and I did my father's accent, and my own when I first came to this country. I thought we should make them redheaded, so you could see the three generations." (NOTE: If this was, indeed, Young's idea, it's a remarkable coincidence, because the character of Filby in the Wells novel has red hair!)

"Plus, the Scottish people," continued Young, " are a sort of aJamie.JPG (176687 bytes) mysterious people -- a lot of them believe in mysticism and second sight and that kind of thing, and I knew that [Filby] would understand his friend George, where the other English people wouldn't understand him. So, that was why I did him that way."

On his makeup as the aged James Filby: "They made a face mask of me to fashion alloldfil.JPG (178604 bytes) that rubber stuff -- the old age pieces -- all around. On the morning of that shot, I got made up by Bill Tuttle, and as I left, he gave me a little jar of glue, and he said, 'That's in case it comes off,' and I said, 'Well, won't you be on the set?," and he said, 'No, the budget can't afford a makeup man on the set.' So, I had this jar of glue, and that was at 6:00 or 7: 00 in the morning. Well, they didn't get around to shooting that scene until late afternoon, and by then I could feel bits of my face falling off, so I'd get the glue out and stick it back on again, but by the time they actually got around to shooting that scene, it was about 4:30 or 5: 00. So George said, 'Alan, I can't do any close-up's because I canalanjamie.JPG (140858 bytes) almost see the glue brush strokes on your eyes.' So, if you remember the scene, it was done in a two shot all of the time. There were no close-up of this old man because bits of the face were peeling off."


RIGHT: Alan Young as Jamie Filby


Don Brockway, May 24, 2000 (updated October 12, 2004)


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