Autism and Christopher Eccleston: The A Word - BBC OneJun 06, 2021
So you are one of mine and still my favorite. I'm not just saying that crying, try it buddy, okay, you got me. I was wasting my time. That interview was a success. so, well, it's quite an emotional experience for me, you can see it, yes, it was for me too, it was huge, that's why people responded, yes, yes, I think so. I didn't know you were in the respective delays, yes. In the middle of the damn interview I was pretty nervous about it. I wasn't sure if you'd remember who he was. Was not. Was not. You must know many interesting things.
Yes, but not like you knew. I know. I know you know it's a job and you have to protect yourself from journalists. Yeah, you didn't feel that way. So what's your house like? Your personal understanding of
autismhas changed since you started showing it. I mean, I have You are fascinated by
autism, you know it the way you do because you realize that it is a deeply human condition and that, to some extent, we can all fall on the spectrum. I'm sure you're right Asperger's, yes, maybe you should look at people. me and I say hmm like my mom, for example, right, she hasn't been diagnosed or anything like that, but somehow she has, she's like a clone of me, she'll become obsessed with things, she'll have difficulty communicating certain things well. things, I mean, you know when I. was growing up, the diagnosis and recognition was not there and we lived in a much better world, in some ways, much harsher, many people were not diagnosed, so they were stigmatized, yes, totally, yes, shows as a
word, gentle push up, resistance against That's right, 100% since the show started, how has your character progressed?
Morris Morris had to get comfortable with the fact that he is vulnerable, but she seeks a man like that and he, in his own way, has done it because that's what love does and that's what autism happens when you love to someone who has autism you have to change you have to change you have to be guided by them not by your own ego I had it with my father who had dementia for 12 years there was a moment when I realized I have to stop trying to bring it to me world because it's causing him anxiety because he can't and how did you feel about that?
I mean, he's my father. It was devastating because I knew he had lost it. I loved and the father I knew, but because he seemed to no longer know himself, that had to be the priority. You know, people with dementia are still individuals and they still have experience in reality and that needs to be respected, therefore, you move into his world. I became friends with my daughter, I didn't insist but I was his son because that distressed him so I was his maid I would call him wrong instead of dad it's okay, we don't want a baby, we have enough with me oh I see.
Well, I like a guy who speaks his mind a little bit, so yeah, go with the autism spectrum traits. They are often quite common for many people on the spectrum and will often have a great passion. I will be interested, you have some passion, they are interests. I think I must be. I think you should be able to reach me. I am very obsessive, yes, I am deeply passionate and what I like most is American black music from the fifties, sixties and seventies. Oh yeah, someone's not a current thing, but I would say I'm sold on funk and I can tell you who played on the albums, who are the best artists to me, yeah, that's like me asking you who your favorite doctor is.
Well, you know. The other day, you know, favorite science fiction, yeah, yeah, yeah. I find it much more direct. Emotional connection. Know? It's only been in the last two years that music has really struck a chord with me. I go straight into it. I think you're right. It does, it kind of triggers things in your brain, it makes you think certain things. I have this song by Cat Stevens, which father and son, which one for me, I just like it, I can only pick it up from time to time, I have a serenade for the soul.
Aretha Franklin always, yes, always hits me, why do I want to be free to fly and sing with my soul? I think it's about the beauty of her voice and the sentiment is about being free, yes, and of course, they had civil rights. message for Aretha but it also had a message of, you know, probably being free of your own demons. What we were saying was almost two years since we did our interview in those last two years, you know, I grieved the losses of my grandparents, you know, I fell. in love, heartbreak, got a new job, all this crazy stuff lost, moved into my kids' house.
I've had a lot of emotional uprooting in the last two years since we met. I was also starting out when we met and it was scary, but I have learned a lot from it and it has benefited me. I don't feel like it's going to benefit you at that time. No, I'm sorry for the loss of your grandparents, so don't look aside from your own pain. I have had to see your mother's grave, yes, she is particularly difficult, almost harder than yours, yes, she kisses saying that someone loved her like that, yes, it is very difficult to think about you, but once again, you said that sometimes you have to put them first. days, that's right and we live in your world where we all live with the idea that we're not the most important person on the planet, but we do it so much better, yeah, totally, it's about looking from the people, Sookie feels in peace, man, yes, better, thank you.
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