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Sir David Jason casts doubts over US Only Fools & Horses remake

David Jason

Story by Jack Foley

SIR David Jason has cast doubts over whether a UK remake of his classic comedy show Only Fools & Horses would work.

Speaking to the BBC, the veteran actor – who became a household favourite playing Del Boy in the series from 1981 to 2003 – said he doubted whether it will travel successfully across the pond.

“They can do brilliant comedy [in America] but I don’t see that they can bring off Fools and Horses,” he said.

“The language will have to change so much and there will be so many parts of the storyline you have to change. It’s so London and so British, [in] its humour, that you wonder. It’s London based and it took quite a long time for the rest of the country to catch up with the phrases.

“I have no idea what the American equivalent of ‘plonker’ is, for example. Or ‘dipstick’.”

Sir David was reacting to news that the ABC network is to make a pilot for a US version of the series, although he did not object in principal to the idea of the Americans having a go.

Indeed, he even went so far as to suggest which actor he’d like to see playing Del Boy… opting for Johnny Depp!

“You would never get him because he’s too big but I’d go for Johnny Depp because he’s such a good actor,” he said.

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