Sunday, 13 February 2011
It Doesn't Really Mean Anything!
McGoohan once said that "With Fall Out you get an allegorical ending to an enigmatic series," the only trouble is, Fall Out doesn't fit in with it's 16 predecessors! I think McGoohan was hiding behind his use of the word 'allegorical,' because to use that word means Fall Out could mean anything at all, no wonder McGoohan was so pissed off at the end! Oh, didn't you realise that? Sir, as he had become to be addressed, gave a speech which commenced with "I believe that dispite the decimilisation of the pound, nevertheless.......... Of course much of McGoohan's rantings in that speech is completely inaudible. But it is possible to lip read three words at the end of that speech "I'm pissed off!" And do you know, even though it's so obvious that McGoohan shouts these three words, they have been ignored. As though it's not possible for McGooohan to utter such words. I bet some fans believe all that gunk that McGoohan spouted about him and his family being threatened by angry fans at the end of the 1967-68 screening of the Prisoner, that he was attacked in the street. That people would have killed him, and that is why he had to run away first to North Wales, no, not to Portmeirion. Then on to Switzerland, to finally settle in California in the United States of America. He did that to evade the British taxman. The film company set up by Paytrick McGoohan and film director David Tomblin Everyman Films which produced the Prisoner went bankrupt, and owed the British taxman some £40 -£60,000, that's the real reason McGoohan did a runner in 1968.
Some fans put Patrick McGoohan on a pedestal, even looked up to him. But he was just a man, with man's frailties, just like anyone else.
I'm Piet Hein