79: Chris Gordon


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It is two years this week since my first Nostalgia Interview was broadcast, and, on the second anniversary, I am putting out my first interview to be recorded via Zoom. My guest is Chris Gordon who runs a podcast called Hellblazerbiz (https://www.hellblazerbiz.com/), in which he interviews people in the movie business. Chris tells us how he got into it and how he was once talked about on the red carpet at a premiere in Los Angeles.
For his podcast Chris gets fans to ask questions to his guests and he talks about how the experience of interviewing has been likened to old friends catching up in a pub. We learn why independent actors are likely to want to put themselves out more and why Matthew Modine didn’t want to be interviewed by him.
Chris studied German at Lampeter from 1994-8, which included a year in Germany, and he talks about why Lampeter was his coming of age and the place which set him up for the rest of his life. We learn that he came to Lampeter from North Wales and why he likens Lampeter to the community in the sitcom ‘Cheers’. Chris also reveals that he was half an hour late for one of his finals exams because he was drinking cider in the Student Union bar.
We talk about how we have moved on after 25 years and how he listens to the same music from back when he was at university but has more recently developed an interest in country. We talk about carrying something from the past into our futures and what he is trying to capture through his interviews, likening it to a time capsule.
We reflect on the strong political opinions that people had at university and he talks about how he perks up whenever Lampeter appears on the news. Chris talks about being a massive film fan and being so moved by ‘Schindler’s List’ which he saw as a student – remembering the solemn exit from the Arts Hall afterwards, and how that wouldn’t have happened had he seen it elsewhere.
At the end of the interview we learn that Chris’ biggest regret is not joining the Forces. He has been working for the last two decades in IT which, we find out, is different to what he originally expected to be doing. Chris would love for his podcast to be his main career and to knock James Corden off his top spot, and the interview ends with Chris asking me who my Muppet character would be…
Please note: Opinions expressed are solely those of Chris Deacy and Chris Gordon and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the University of Kent.