9 March 2010
Scottish actor Peter Capaldi has joined a host of A-list celebrities to urge men to get talking about cancer.
Peter, who stars as foul-mouthed government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in hit BBC Show, In the Thick of It, appears in an internet viral video alongside stars including Ricky Gervais, Ray Winstone and Ed Byrne. video alongside stars including Ricky Gervais, Ray Winstone and Ed Byrne.
The men all talk about a time they said something they shouldn’t have before Peter comes on screen to say there are times when you shouldn’t open your mouth – but Macmillan Cancer Support’s Cancertalk Week isn’t one of them.
The actor says: “If you or anyone else you know has any fears or worries about cancer, talk to Macmillan.
“There are times when you shouldn’t open your mouth, but this week isn’t one of them”.
Peter also filmed a Cancertalk message in character as hard man Malcolm Tucker, who he also played in hit film In the Loop alongside the Sopranos’ James Gandolfini.
In the clip, available on Youtube, he said: “The whole world would run a lot better if everyone shut their mouths but there are times when you shouldn’t open your mouth and times when you should. This is the week to get on the phone. Do as you’re told. Talk.”
Macmillan decided to dedicate its Cancertalk Week, running from January 18-24, to encouraging men to open up because despite men in Scotland being 10% more likely to die from cancer, they are often reluctant to ask for help.
Macmillan’s director in Scotland, Elspeth Atkinson, said: “Men often feel they need to be the strong ones and keep quiet about how they are really feeling.
“This can make dealing with cancer even tougher, which is why we are urging them to get in touch with us during Cancertalk Week.
“Men can talk privately to Macmillan nurses and other advisers about how things are going, their worries and concerns and get practical, no nonsense advice and support.
“They can also visit our website to find practical information, get details of local face to face support and information, or even to talk to other people affected by cancer on our forums.”
To view the Macmillan viral click here or visit or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/cancertalkweek
To see Peter’s rant as Malcolm click here or visit or visit www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=F98518C783F95AC2
To contact Macmillan call free on 0808 808 00 00 or go to www.macmillan.org.uk.