It's not his finest performance, no ; there's a hell of a lot of scenery chewing, but it just about fits the picture as a whole. All of the characters in the ensemble are broadly drawn caricatures - it's entertainment, not Ibsen. As you say, no matter what it's still an enjoyable piece.(dorisjosser @ Feb 17 2006, 07:19 PM)
This may have been discussed previously, before I joined but does anyone else think Patrick Mcgoohan's performance in Hell Drivers is abysmal? He is so over the top. I haven't seen it for years but watched it yesterday and thought he was awful. The only performance worse than his was the "speeded up lorries"
I still enjoyed it though.
You have to remember that PMcG wasn't particularly happy with his contract at Rank and I don't doubt that this would have affected his performances for them to some degree. IIRC he actually got out of it before fulfilling the obligations to the number of films he had to do. You can't really blame him, when you consider what he was given ; hardly stretching for an actor of his talent.
I know he has his 'barking' style at times, but he is still one hell of a performer.