Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Gwilym Hughes, RIP

Gwilym Hughes with the late entertainer Roy CastleBack in the early 90s, I spent one Saturday driving from London to North Wales to interview Gwilym Hughes for Empire magazine.

Gwilym (pictured above with the late Roy Castle) had recently made it into the Guinness Book Of World Records for having seen the most films.

He was an interesting chap who, as it turned out, rarely went to the cinema, doing most of his watching on TV. And while I wasn't convinced he had seen more films than anybody else, he had records dating back to 1953 of every film he'd seen, up to 14 a week, which helped cement his claim as a record-breaking film fan.

I was sad to see that Gwilym, whose favourite film was Lawrence Of Arabia, passed away earlier this week.

Here's the BBC's obit.

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