Stephen Fry, who plays a talk-show host in the new film V for Vendetta
has told a real-life British talk show host that the makers of the movie were
able to stage scenes of terrorist attacks on government buildings in London
with the help of the 22-year-old son of Prime Minister Tony Blair, who had been
hired as an assistant runner on the film. In an interview with Michael
Parkinson, Fry said that he learned that Euan Blair was working on the film
from an assistant director. "I said, 'How did you get permission -- you usually
can't get permission to do anything anywhere near seats of government? You
know, the secret service and various other people don't like it, plus civil
servants don't like it.'" At that moment, Fry said, the assistant director
pointed out young Blair. "And I said, 'Ah, that's how we got there.' "Daddy,
daddy, can you please let them have permission to film?"'" A moment later, Fry
added slyly, "No, I'm sure there was nothing like that."
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