Ant and Deco’s “totally sad” film failure that actually “ended” his acting career


Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will not return to their roots soon after the film actually ‘ended’ their acting careers.

The arrogant duo Geordie is best known for their talent for presentation, having won the most popular TV presenter at the National Television Awards for the last 20 years.

They impressed both children and adults, while hosting very popular shows such as SM: TV Live, Pop Idol, I’m famous, Britain’s Got Talent in Saturday Night Takeaway.

But before all that and their unusual music career, Ant and Dec rose to fame early on as actors on Byker Grove.

Dec joined the cast of the teenage drama series as Duncan in 1989, and Ant got the role of PJ a year later when he gained television experience in the children’s series Why Not ?.

“At first we didn’t particularly like each other, I thought he was unhappy,” he admitted on Friday night in December 2006 with Jonathan Ross.

Ant and Dec came to the big screen in the fake movie Alien Autopsy


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“We’ve rowed a few times already – we’re quite competitive,” added Ant, who said they wouldn’t have gotten this far in their careers without each other.

After leaving Byker in 1993, the couple began making music under their own names, PJ & Duncan, which led to their first appearance on Top of the Pops in 1994 with their debut Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble.

They released 16 singles and three studio albums, with problems on the British charts, but reached number one in Germany before returning to full-time TV in 1997.

After years of presentation, the boys decided to return to acting and came to the big screen in the 2006 British comedy Alien Autopsy.

The film was a fake reconstruction of the 1995 alien scandal involving Ray Santilli and Gary Shoefield, who claimed to have discovered footage of the alien that crashed in 1947 in Roswell, New Mexico.

“I think it would be an opportunity if anyone ever wanted to try or criticize,” Ant said after he and Dec were selected for the roles.

“But you have to take risks and you have to challenge yourself.”

Anthony McPartlin as Gary Shoefield and Declan Donnelly as Ray Santilli


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The boys were in contrast to their usual television roles, which was refreshing for the audience, while also starring acclaimed Independence Day actor Bill Pullman and comedy favorite Omid Djalili.

The ant’s glasses spilled over into Shoefield’s serious character, and Dec played the rough and loud Santilli.

The film was moderately commercially successful at home, reaching No. 3 on the UK box office charts, but is expected to earn just £ 2.5 million on an estimated budget of £ 5 million.

The audience was mixed, receiving a 50 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but was somewhat upset by critics.

In The Times, James Christopher described the film as “a completely sad attempt to make a postmodern fake out of a 60-year-old prank”.

While The Independent critic Anthony Quinn, who was also unhappy, wrote: “Ant and Dec may be the princess of television in prime time, but they are barely on a peasant level on the big screens.”

And the BBC’s Neil Smith said the film was “too banal for adults, too awful for children”.

Despite mixed criticism, Ant revealed that they loved making the film and had a “great time” during a speech at the premiere at Newcastle’s The Gate.

Ant and December at the film preview in Newcastle


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“We went through a period where they sent us a lot of film scripts and a lot of them were pretty bad. This one came, our manager said ‘I read it, it’s really interesting,'” Ant told the Newcastle Chronicle at the time. .

“They usually say you have to read 10 pages and if it doesn’t catch you, throw it in the bin. Before I knew it, I was on page 15 and I finished it.

“I called Anta and said you have to read it, it’s a great story. Unlike many other scenarios, he had two main roles in it, which was very rare.

“Also, what was so good about it was that it was based on the truth and I was interested at the time.”

Ant and Dec seemingly prepared for the worst and accepted that it might be the only time they delved into

“This may be the only film we’ve ever made, the only premiere we’ve ever had, so we decided to enjoy it,” Donnelly said before the film’s screening in Leicester Square.

“We signed with ITV until 2007, so we will still be working on our television projects until then. We wanted to see how it went and whether viewers can imagine us as these characters. If something happens, then we will look, but we will certainly not launch an attack on Tinseltown. “

Red or black was not an instant classic



Normally, everything they touch turns to gold, but an autopsy of aliens is not the only questionable part of their biographies.

You would also probably prefer to forget your unfortunate game Red or Black, which was surrounded by a lot of enthusiasm and claims for the biggest cash prize ever awarded in the UK.

The controversial 2011 series, designed by their old boss Simon Cowell, was accused of glamorous gambling and the format of competing in a number of challenges before playing it all together on “red or black” confused viewers.

Ant responded to The Sun’s response: “Somehow we thought it was a Saturday night show. We were all wrong and sticking to it.

“When we had the winner the first night, we all went back to our locker room and said, ‘We shouldn’t do this again tomorrow, it should be weekly.’

“We had some unfortunate situations with some of the contestants that overshadowed the show, probably disproportionately.”

Despite the negative response, the show returned to ITV the following year with some major changes, including a new prize fund of £ 3.5 million, but was abandoned after that show.

The possibilities are endless in the new Ant and Dec show



After nearly a decade of changing the game format, Ant and Dec are now back with the new ITV Limitless Win series.

In five parts, contestants answer increasingly challenging questions while climbing a monetary ladder that never ends with every right answer.

While they were thrilled that the show would start, the couple revealed that their main concern is to get ITV out of their pockets because contestants can win an infinite amount.

The boys jokingly suggested that they should cancel Tipping Point and The Chase to take all of their cash prize, or get it from daily TV presenter Andy Peters.

“We used to have sleepless nights and we thought,‘ Are we going to go bankrupt ITV? ‘ because there is no limit to what you can win, ”Ant revealed to The Sun.

Dec added: “When you turn off the light at night, the little thing in your head goes out and says, ‘What if someone keeps winning – what are you going to do?’ I don’t know what would happen. “

Ant and Dec’s Limitless Win will air tonight on ITV at 8:30 p.m.

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