The Man In The Rubber Mask The Inside Smegging Story of Red Dwarf It was when Robert Llewellyn first had his head encased in the one piece latex foam rubber balaclava that is the head of Kryten in Red Dwarf series three and it gave him a distinctly funny turn

  • Title: The Man In The Rubber Mask: The Inside Smegging Story of Red Dwarf
  • Author: Robert Llewellyn
  • ISBN: 9781908717771
  • Page: 311
  • Format: ebook
  • It was 1989 when Robert Llewellyn first had his head encased in the one piece latex foam rubber balaclava that is the head of Kryten in Red Dwarf series three, and it gave him a distinctly funny turn.Gazing at his own reflection and seeing the face of a mechanoid robot staring back was surprisingly scary, not to mention uncomfortable and rather sweaty And he couldn t evenIt was 1989 when Robert Llewellyn first had his head encased in the one piece latex foam rubber balaclava that is the head of Kryten in Red Dwarf series three, and it gave him a distinctly funny turn.Gazing at his own reflection and seeing the face of a mechanoid robot staring back was surprisingly scary, not to mention uncomfortable and rather sweaty And he couldn t even eat his lunch.Since then, he has sweated, frozen, been set on fire, exploded, spent thousands of hours in the make up chair and thousands being taunted by Craig Charles for being a middle class b d So it is a testament to the joyful camaraderie and life enhancing silliness of the world of Red Dwarf that twenty three years later, Robert is still willing to risk life, limb and hairline to don the rubber torture helmet for Red Dwarf X, the recent triumphant return of the motley band of space bums.Originally published in 1993 after series six, The Man in the Rubber Mask has now been completely updated with 43.7% extra smeg.

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    1. The Man in the Rubber Mask chronicles Robert Llewellyn's career, from a struggling stage actor to a struggling actor playing Kryten on Red Dwarf.Red Dwarf is one of my top ten favorite shows of all time and I'm on series 3 of my latest re-watch. One of Robert Llewellyn's novels popped up in my recommendations so I decided to read this instead.While Kryten isn't my favorite character on Red Dwarf, I do feel his addition to the crew in the beginning of the third series was what took the show to th [...]

    2. Well as you can see I not only found the book but was able to finish it - which for me is no small feat considering I am not really a biography person. This book covers the years of Robert Llewellyn from his early days at the Edinburgh fringe to the completion of Red Dwarf series 10 and as such covered off one of my favourite science fiction comedy shows. The book contains anecdotes and observations of his adventurers and experiences through his life and career in the style you know he has made [...]

    3. Robert Llewellyn writes about his background, the road to Red Dwarf, and his side projects. There's not a whole lot about the rest of the Dwarf cast, but in what there is, Llewellyn proves himself to be the Michael Palin of the bunch -- bemused, self-deprecating, and very funny.

    4. For the uber-fans only. But this is Red Dwarf - and you either don't like it or absolutely love it - I don't really know any casual fans. Llewellyn knows this, and concentrates on everything Red Dwarf. He comes across, well, nicely. He's a terribly nice middle class guilt ridden boy-done-good don'tchewknow. He can't quite believe he's done so well out of Kryten - but yes, it's engaging fun, and has the ability to transport you back to scenes that, well, it turns out you can quote better than he [...]

    5. This is a quick read and an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours in Red Dwarf nostalgia-land for fans of the series. Llewellyn writes with an honest and open style that is amusing and engaging. He also does a pretty good job of capturing the voices of the other cast members, particularly Craig Charles. I found the account of the attempt to start a US version of the show interesting. Llewellyn does a good job of assessing the situation without seeming bitter about it (perhaps he simply isn [...]

    6. Robert Llewellyn’s (the actor/TV presenter/writer underneath the rubber mask of housework-mad mechanoid Kryten) book on Red Dwarf was originally published in 1994 then greatly expanded and re-issued in 2012. Quite what Llewellyn wrote in that original edition, I’m not sure, because the material on the ‘classic’ Red Dwarf era – seasons one to five (1988-93) – is disappointingly thin. Fair enough, he only came aboard for the beginning of season three but aside from ‘learning’ that [...]

    7. I really enjoyed this book. It helps being a fan of Red Dwarf and I'm a big big fan of Red Dwarf (cue lots of excitement at the announcement of the commissioning of series 11 & 12 just as I finished the book). The book tells Robert Llewelyns story from his days starting out as a struggling comedian through his ,any visits to stage at the Edinburgh Fringe to Red Dwarf series 10 and the disastrous American Red Dwarf pilot.The tales is light hearted and told with a deft touch. At times it feels [...]

    8. I originally read the first version of this years ago and I seem to have rated it 3 stars. After reading this, I'm not entirely sure why. This edition is much longer than the original but on the good side it is pretty seamless the transition from old to new. I can't tell where the previous book ended (and honestly, I didn't check). How you can tell the difference between old and new is actually Robert's attitude - he is really cynical about his oppportunity to act and really puts himself down (i [...]

    9. This book was pure pleasure. I am referring to the audio version which I believe is an entirely different experience. Robert Llewellyn reads his own works. But more importantly he does all of the different accents and voices of all of the various characters, actors, directors, etc. Many of his impressions are spot on and all of them are enjoyable.I listened to this over two long drives and, on both occasions, did not want to stop the car as I wanted to continue listening/reading.The story of the [...]

    10. I read the original book many many moons ago, so long ago it seems I forgot a lot of it so reading it again was really good to follow Roberts life around the time of red dwarf with a bit of back story as well.The book is written a lot better than most auto biography type books I've read and actually held my attention very well, It doesn't go off on one and recount conversations from when they were 3 years old that they remember vividly 50 years laterHighly recommends to any red dwarf fan :)

    11. I read this book as a Red Dwarf obsessed teen, so jumped at the chance to get the newly extended version that includes the tale of the film that never was.It is a bit hit and miss- Robert is quite funny and the anecdotes about Danny Chris and Craig are very good- unfortunately they are few and far between as the bulk of the book is Robert expecting everything to go wrong.If you still love the 25 year old comedy sci fi show, you will love this. If, like me, you can now take or leave it there are [...]

    12. Updated version of this autobiographical and Red Dwarf devotees will love this book.It was interesting to read about all the behind the scenes along with how they made the Kryten mask/costume and the disastrous trip to the USA to make the American version of the show.Although at times, I did find Mr Llewellyn a little cynical and perhaps, not as appreciative of his 'luck' at being a part of such a fabulous team.

    13. This has filled in a lot of gaps in my memory of Red Dwarf. Obviously, over the years I had heard lots of detail about Red Dwarf but from different places. The fragments that were missing have been filled. I can't believe I've not read this whole book before. And now with Robert adding new chapters in 2012 I've find it fascinating. Thank you to @bobbyllew

    14. An entertaining read, but sadly mainly about Red Dwarf. Somehow not much seemed to happen in Bobby's life between series 8 and Back To EarthWhen he does stray, good old Bobby knows he's a wet liberal yet doesn't do anything about it. Like a raspberry, he's useful and creates a pleasant experience, but is not particularly threatening at all.

    15. It's a good book for fans of Red Dwarf but it's not so much a book than it is a diary. Robert is a funny guy and a brilliant comedian but when it comes to writing he's not so good. It's the "first we did this, then we did that and then this happened" kind of writing that I'm not a fan of. Interesting nuggets of information await the patient reader however!

    16. A whirl-wind tour through Robert Llewellyn's involvement in Red Dwarf. There's a lot for fans in this, who will enjoy the behind-the-scenes gossip and be able to imagine the voices of all the actors. But, if you haven't seen the shows I suspect that you might find yourself a bit lost at times, imagining what sort of strange world this man lives in.

    17. It probably wouldn't appeal to the majority of readers - in fact it is a niche book - but being a total smeghead I loved it. I chuckled throughout, picturing my favourite episodes in my head as I read.

    18. Loved this book, didn't even know about the original. This copy was found by my brother in a geek store, signed too! Was a really great read, funny and a great insight into the red dwarf world that i have cherished for my whole life.would highly recommnend it to any red dwarf fan or sci-fi fan :)

    19. Appealing memoir from the mechanoid, further confirms my suspicions that Robert Llewellyn is constitutionally incapable of doing or saying anything nasty ever, even if he tried really really hard. Also some terribly funny stuff about willies.

    20. Interesting look at the man behind Kryten. Could use tighter editing. The comma spliced were distracting.It's still a good look for a fan.

    21. A very interesting memoir about Robert's life while filming the BBC comedy series Red Dwarf, which I would recommend to any fans of the series.

    22. Just finished the kindle updated version of this book. Llewelyn writes a very easy tale to read, mostly about his Red Dwarf exploits. Good stuff.

    23. Very funny and very honest. Probably more for a Red Dwarf superfan as opposed to a casual well-wisher like myself, but Llewellyn's writing is a joy in every syllable.

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