Rob Brydon talks to Julia about the dark humour in Human Remains
Rob: Would you find it harder to make those jokes about disease now that we're ten or eleven years older than we were [at the time of writing Human Remains]?
Julia: What, and closer to...?
Rob: And closer to all those diseases, and closer to friends of ours... you know, we're in that age now...
Julia: Which diseases?
Rob: Well, we did lots of jokes... we did different types of cancer...
Julia: We did cancer.
Rob: And I would defend that, when people would sometimes question it, by saying, "Oh, we're confronting our fear of it."
Julia: I really believe that's true.
Rob: And I think there's truth in that. I think there's truth in that.
Rob: But I do think that I might make different judgements now. Being that much older, I'm more inclined [to think], "I don't want to confront it; I'd rather just pretend it's not there," because I think, oh, I may have to confront it, you know?
[after a thoughtful pause]
Julia: I think I still would.
Rob: Oh, really?
Rob: You brutal woman.
Gems from the Human Remains commentary
Rob: You came up with that line when we were at a cinema cafe. Do you remember? You know the Curzon Soho?
Rob: Remember we were sitting there having a coffee or something? And that was where you came up with that line.
Julia: "Emotional suitcase."
Rob: "Don't unpack your emotional suitcase on my bed." Probably when I was telling you something about myself...
Julia: [laughing] What, and I said that?
Rob: ...And you said, "Oh, Rob, please don't unpack your emotional suitcase on my bed."
Julia: [laughing] Don't make out I'm some cold person!