Spitting Image's Boris Johnson and Donald Trump star claims leaders 'should shudder, not laugh' at 'grotesque' sketches

SPTTING Image's Boris Johnson and Donald Trump impersonator have claimed the UK and US leaders 'should shudder, not laugh' at 'grotesque' sketches.

Comedian Matt Forde, 37, says being able to voice the two political figures "gives you a licence to say such daft things".

A new version of Spitting Image is now available to stream on Britbox, with the familiar puppets made by Roger Law once again.

During the first series, celebrities said they were flattered to be imitated on the show but Forde begged to differ as he commented: "They should shudder, not be flattered. People say they’re flattered but that’s what I think they think they have to say.

"They don’t want to look like a bad sport. The reality is that many people will shudder at how they’re perceived."

Forde added: "Everyone gets a good slap. In that respect, it’s a plague on every house.

"I’ve been impersonating Boris and Trump for years, and on the last two or three tours I’ve done they’ve been such a big part of it."

The show last hit screens back in 1996 and after a 24-year absence, it has returned with a new host of celebs and politicians and even the coronavirus has its own characters in the form of Mr & Mrs Covid. 

The comedy writer shared his thoughts on playing the Boris Johnson and Donald Trump: "It’s just so much fun doing them because Trump and Boris both sound stupid. They’ve got ludicrous voices and speaking style. And it’s not beyond the realms that they would say stupid things."

Despite returning after such a long time off screen, Matt ensures Spitting Image has not deviated form its original message.

“All the things that were present in the Spitting Image original live on. There’s the real harsh stuff, the grotesque caricatures, the slapstick and the silliness.

“We hit left, right and centre, and some characters deservedly get hit over the head with a plank of wood.”

He described the comedy's return to TV as "timely" and "long overdue."

Matt added: "If anything it’s well overdue. We could have done with Spitting image five years ago. We’ve got some catching up to do."

The show is bound to have the audience having their say on social media, but Matt isn't phased by any negative comments.

“I won’t worry about it all. You can’t. I’m so battle-hardened having been on social media for the past 10 years. Whenever you’ve created something, you can’t create with a fear of what anonymous accounts on Twitter may or may not say about it. You have to be philosophical about it.”

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