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Sir David will honour the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain today in the ITV documentary ‘Flying for Britain’ and remember those who fought during World War 2. The legendary actor, 80, established himself as a comedic icon through TV shows including ‘The Darling Buds of May’, ‘A Touch of Frost’ and ‘Only Fools and Horses’. In an unearthed interview Sir David revealed what his comedic creation ‘Del Boy’ would have thought about Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
Sir David starred as the notorious wheeler dealer from Peckham, South London, in episodes of the hit show ‘Only Fools and Horses’ and other spin-offs.
The character, who appeared on screens from 1981 until 2003, came fourth in a Channel 4 poll of the nation’s 100 Greatest TV Characters.
According to the legendary actor, who reflected on how Del Boy would fit in the modern world, he would have staunch views on Brexit.
But instead of considering the politics behind leaving the EU, Sir David claimed he would have seen it as yet another money making scheme – or “a nice little earner”.
He said: “When it comes to Brexit Del would just think, ‘We’ll earn out of this, Rodders’.
“One day he’d be flogging something to people who want to leave and then the next day he’d be flogging something to people who want to stay.”
Sir David claimed the character would definitely “find out a way to use it” for his own benefit, during a 2018 interview with The Sun.
His TV counterpart Rodney, played by Nicholas Lyndhurst, would likely have been concerned about the pros and cons of the decision.
But for Del Boy, the financial benefits would be the biggest decider for him.
Sir David added: “The big political question about staying or leaving wouldn’t interest him.
“He would just be thinking, ‘How do we earn out of this, Rodders?’.”
On Twitter, a number of people took affront to the revelation, including a user who wrote: “All Del Boy’s ‘nice little earners’ went hilariously t**s up. Good Brexit analogy, thanks.”
Another quipped: “Everyone felt sorry for Del Boy in his failed scams. It’s a good analogy of our international standing though.”
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While Sir David’s character was said to be a Brexiteer, John Challis who played onscreen rival Boycie in the show claimed his character would have voted to Remain.
Mr Challis told talkRADIO last year: “I blame Del Boy for Brexit. A lot of the blame can be laid at his door, shall we say?
“I think Boycie, as a second-hand car dealer, would have looked very carefully at what was going to affect his business but I think he would have ended up in a Remain position.”
That same year, a petition was launched to erect a gold statue to honour Sir David’s legendary character in front of the block flats filmed used for fictional ‘Nelson Mandela House’ – where the Trotters lived.
It hoped to commemorate the show with an effigy of Del Boy, a replica of the yellow Reliant Robin car used by Trotters Independent Traders or a plaque when the real-life building faced demolition.
The petition gained more than 2,700 signatures online – but no further decision appears to have been made.
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