I’m A Celebrity 2009: interview with George Hamilton

by Lisa McGarry


Actor George Hamilton says he can’t possibly keep up his debonair looks in the jungle – so he went to the barber’s and demanded a crew cut in preparation.

George, known for his immaculate appearance, says: “I know everyone is expecting me to turn up in a tuxedo and look all dashing but that’s over with. Before I left I went to a barber and had a seven dollar military haircut.

“There’s no way I could have kept up my usual appearance in the jungle, at night my hair is woven by angels at home, so I had to have it shaved off. It was cut with a razor and now it looks like it has had Viagra, it is all standing on end.”

George adds that, ideally, he would like to sneak a silk robe, a bottle of martini, a stuntman and a make-up man into camp with him.

He says: “I’m thinking of sneaking a silk robe in and a martini. If the silk robe is snake coloured, maybe the snakes will just pass on by me and look for another campmate instead.

“I’m also planning to take a stunt double and a make-up man. The stunt double can do all the hard stuff for me and then the make-up man can touch me up at the end of the day to make sure I’m looking alright.”

George says he is worried about everything the jungle will throw at him, but is planning to rise to the challenge.

He says: “I have watched the show in America and in England, but I don’t want to look again too closely as it might put me off.

“I’m not going to say that I’m going to win, I’m not that kind of person, and I’m afraid of it all. I think anybody would be, unless you’re a zookeeper, and then maybe you would feel at home, but I have not got it in my nature. I mean, even the flies out here are so big they can take passengers, I saw one a second ago that had a saddle on it.

“But whatever they want me to do, I will do. You can’t wuss out. There’s an old saying, that a coward dies a thousand times, but if you’re brave you only die once. It’s like when a fly hits the windscreen, it doesn’t think anything, so if you hear a splat, that’ll be me.”

But he wants to warn his campmates that he doesn’t think he’ll be very good at camping.

He says: “I used to take my son camping and he would have to tell me how to do things, I have no qualifications for this job. I want to warn my campmates that I’m going to do the best I can, but I don’t mind eating rice and beans.”

He says he thinks he will get on with most people.

He adds: “I don’t know who the others are who are going in, I would imagine an equal amount of men and women, I get along with everybody, I like people.

“I understand it’s not about me, it’s about several people all involved, not each different person, however, this isn’t just to make you stronger, your real character comes out. If people are selfish and mean, you see it, you really can’t get away with being something you’re not. You may be able to get away with a little act in the beginning, but then you are forced to be natural. You have to be who you are.”

George says he will miss everything when he is away, especially his son who is worried about his jungle adventure.

He says: “When I told my friends I was going into the jungle they all said, ‘Are you out of your mind?’ My eldest son, George Ashley [34] said, ‘If you need me dad, I will come out there and do it for you.’ My youngest son, George Thomas [10] is really worried about me. He watches a lot of TV, the History Channel and things and he is seriously worried about me being in the rainforest.

“And after my knee operation he said, ‘Dad, you really shouldn’t be doing this,’ He likes to take care of me I had to calm him down before I set off, we were both crying when I went to the airport. I’ve decided I’m going to take him a snake back to make up for it. Not the usual frogs or fishing hooks, but a boa constrictor and a machete.”

In preparation for the show, George has been sleeping on the floor in his hotel room.

He says: “The hotel is torture – why would I order room service and live in luxury, only to have it taken away? That would be torture. So I decided that I was going to try to prepare myself, so I slept on the floor in the corner and looked out for any creepy crawlies or spiders to keep me company.

“And I ate beans and rice, and then beans and rice for my breakfast and then beans and beans, and then more beans. I thought, ‘There’s no point having champagne,’ I wanted something from a David Copperfield novel, some gruel, something really sickening to prepare me. I reckon I’ve got a head start on the others now I’ve done that.”

George says he would like to see some Hollywood A-listers in the jungle with him and that he didn’t tell his celebrity friends what he was doing.

He said: “I would like to see Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in jungle, after seeing her in the film Australia I think she would be brilliant and would definitely win.

“None of my celebrity friends will be watching as they currently think I’m on a yacht in the South of France with a silk robe on and a glass of champagne in my hand, surrounded by beautiful women.”

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!