Sunday Times 29 December, 2019. James May answers on the main questions
Special interview from Sunday Times with James May
The news that James tells can scare us. But we will very much wish him health, strength, happiness and all the best so that he always remains in good shape. It has now become known that James is going on vacation ... Perhaps this is a warm place where healthy air and wholesome food will improve his well-being? The best thing is if he allowed himself medical procedures, because he is our favorite host with whom we never want to leave, he deserved to arrange such a healthy vacation. Many of the most important vitamins and health benefits, just magically as effective medicines, are found in plants.
I would really like James to eat something more than a sandwich and cheeseburger ... Kinoy, kokhinuya, chia, macadamia, amaranth, kanihua ... This is all the most useful of vegan cuisine, which impresses with its healing properties.
And one of the main things in a vacation is to have a good time without experiencing any sadness and stress.
Perhaps this is the influence of a leap 2020 ... But we will love James in any way in which he may not appreciate himself. And we wish him good health and good mood ... And then our wishes will come true and the Grand Tour will continue. Or at least a show in which the oldest, good friends will come together and joke as it once was .... After all, nothing can already replace this very long and beautiful friendship, which did not leave anyone indifferent.
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JAMES May has revealed he could step down as host of the Amazon Prime series after almost 20 years as part of a TV trio.
As he took the reins of my column for the day, James said: “How do I feel about ageing? Bad. I’m in the second half of my fifties now and in all honesty, I’m slightly falling apart. Co-host Jeremy Clarkson will be 60 “any second now”, says James, who is 57, while Richard Hammond recently turned 50.
“I’m developing nervous disorders and aches and I don’t think I’ll do this much longer because I don’t want to fall apart in public.
“It would just be a bit undignified and I don’t think people want to see it.”
James embarked on a three-month tour of Japan for a new six-part Amazon documentary called Our Man In Japan. He clearly got a taste for it and would be up for making more docs if this one is well received.
Earlier this month The Grand Tour’s latest epic journey — this time across Cambodia, called Seaman — debuted. The trio are contracted for two more 90-minute films after the next one, in Madagascar. Jeremy got emotional at the end of series three when he revealed there would be no more studio shows for the gang, who first hosted Top Gear together on BBC2 in 2003.
James said: “There’s almost certainly more of it behind us than in front of us. How long do you want to see old blokes?
“Jeremy’s possibly even more decrepit than me.
"When it takes us 15 minutes to get out of a Ferrari, do you really want to see that? It’s sad.
“You’re supposed to leave the audience wanting more.
“We never thought we’d be doing it this long — and we never really thought about how it would end.”
JAMES stuck to Japanese food on his trip – and somehow lost weight while expanding his waistline. Rice is big hit.
He said: “The main effect is you lose a bit of weight but you put on a bit of a belly.
“You get a rice belly, sort of like a beer belly. I got thin but gutty.
"To be honest, when I went, I was looking pretty scruffy and a bit fat. I’ve got a fat face in that show.” James recently dabbled with going vegan, as seen on his FoodTribe blog. But he is not switching permanently.
He said: “We did a few experiments with vegan food designed to look and feel like meat – hotdogs, sausages, bacon. But to be honest, they’re all pretty terrible.”
JAMES came to Bizarre TV HQ bearing a gift: A portrait of me converted into a Japanese anime character.
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James said: “It’s pretty convincing. He looks like a bit of a troublemaker.”
THE stand-out part of James’ Japanese adventure comes in the third episode – when he visits a penis festival.
In Kawasaki, locals gather at the start of spring to honour the male member with a parade of giant floats.
James said: “I knew that festival existed. When we set the series up, I thought, ‘I know I’m going to that – they’ll try to embarrass me with it’.” Loyal fans will notice the return of his catchphrase “Oh c**k!” which he hasn’t uttered on screen since Top Gear. He recalled: “That was a massive ‘Oh c**k!’ moment.”
JAMES ON YOKO ONO: “I don’t have anything against Yoko. She did a big sleep-in, and some quite interesting art. Yoko split up The Beatles . . . did she, though?
"Did she drag John Lennon away? Or didn’t get on with Paul McCartney?”
ON HIROSHIMA: “There’s an argument that says the atomic bomb saved Japan because it shortened the war, it stopped Japan being divided like Korea.
"So in some ways you can see the victims of Hiroshima as heroes of Japan.”
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ON SHINJI KAGAWA/FOOTBALL IN JAPAN: “I noticed quite a bit of football being watched. They’ve been into rugby recently.
"They like snowball fighting. And they do quite a bit of cycling when you go down into the south.”
ON GODZILLA: “It’s massive. Godzilla is very much in the consciousness of the Japanese people. There’s been something like 53 different Godzilla movies and animated films made. Godzilla still big in Japan. "Godzilla has destroyed Tokyo dozens of times. He’s also destroyed Asaka and Sendai.
"Godzilla was actually the Japanese fear of nuclear holocaust, nuclear war.”
And James continued
HE may be the most woke of the Grand Tour lot by a comfortable margin.
But even electric car-driving James May has a problem with the climate change extremists in Extinction Rebellion.
The telly petrol head said there is "so much to dislike" about the environmental group.
He wrote in his column for The Sun: "All the people in government departments working tirelessly on cutting the world’s carbon emissions can’t get to work because their route is blocked by a degenerate’s yurt.
“All of it is eye-rollingly embarrassing. It makes me despair for the future they have planned as much as they despair of the future we’ve given them.“But, what really causes my nose to itch and my teeth to move about is their hypocrisy.”
James conceded he was more environmentally conscious than Jeremy and Richard Hammond, but joked: "That's like saying you live in the posh bit of Rotherham, which is not much of an achievement.
"Despite what they want you to believe, I am the most contemporary out of us. The other two are locked in the 1920s."
He added: "I'm mindful of wastefulness, but that's not a new idea. Sensible people have always been careful about not wasting food and energy and repairing things and so-on.
"That's not as radical an idea as some people are claiming. That's a good solid lower middle class Great British value. Or something like that."