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"I'm a dreadful cook."
— Peter Wingfield in Dreamwatch, Oct 2000

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"Right here right now"
Dreamwatch #73
October 2000

Peter Wingfield is best known as the enigmatic immortal, Methos, in the Highlander television series — a role he reprises in the new film Highlander: Endgame, about to be released in the US. He has also made a guest appearance in the new series of Stargate: SG1 and is currently filming a new adventure series in Spain with Highlander alumni including Valentine Pelka and David Abramowitz.

DREAMWATCH: Where are you right now?

Peter Wingfield: I'm on the south coast of Spain, in an apartment, and I'm looking out over the Mediterranean Sea — taking a break from filming a new series: Queen of Swords.

Describe your role within the new Highlander movie.

Let's just say that the presence of Methos and [immortal-watcher] Joe Dawson (Jim Byrnes) are significant in their presence, rather than in what they do in the story. There's a deliberate attempt to show Duncan MacLeod's world, which we established over six years on the TV show.

What's the most memorable thing that's happened this week?

Well, earlier this week I was riding a horse for the latest Queen of Swords episode. Between scenes, I started to ride down a slope, which turned out not to be complete. First time I've jumped on a horse! The horse had to jump the last bit or fall. I stayed on, but it was a close thing.

What's your favourite film?

The last thing I saw was American Beauty, which I thought was fantastic.

What was the last book that you read?

Actually, I'm currently reading the Sharpe novels (by Bernard Cornwell). I'm up to Sharpe's Revenge. I guess that's quite appropriate subject matter.

What was the last record you bought?

Paul Simon. He's God. He is invaluable to us. My new baby Edan really likes him. He can be screaming uncontrollably and if we put on Paul Simon's Graceland, he just stops and listens. Wonderful!

Are you a good cook and if so, what's your favourite dish?

I'm a dreadful cook. The easiest dish for me to make is... well, I had swordfish last night. I stuck it under the grill then I stuck it on a plate then I ate it!

Do you read your horoscope?

I'm a Virgo, I never read it and no, I don't believe it!

Is there life after death?

I thought these would be easy questions! Er... I think so. I hope so. There must be something...

Give us an example of irony.

Hmm. The thing that always strikes me is that in Alannis Morisette's song "Ironic," most of the things she sings about are not actually ironic at all. I guess that means she doesn't know what irony is. Yet she wrote a song about it and made lots of money. Now... that's ironic!

Oh really?

Peter says about irony: "The thing that always strikes me is that in Alannis Morisette's song 'Ironic,' most of the things she sings about are not actually ironic at all. I guess that means she doesn't know what irony is. Yet she wrote a song about it and made lots of money. Now... that's ironic!"
Judge for yourself. Here are the lyrics to "Ironic":
An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It's a black fly in your chardonnay
It's a death row pardon two minutes too late
Isn't it ironic, don't you think?
CHORUS
It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought, it figures
Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids good-bye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
"Well, isn't this nice"
And isn't it ironic, don't you think?
CHORUS
Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything's okay and everything's going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything's gone wrong and everthing blows up
In your face
A traffic jam when you're already late
A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It's like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife
It's meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn't it ironic, don't you think?
A little too ironic, and yeah I really do think
CHORUS
Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
And life has a funny way of helping you out
Helping you out
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