Last updated at 22:22 09 Mai 2008
A baleful glance from the ferociously politically-incorrect detective from the BBC’s Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes is usually enough to leave villains – and colleagues – quaking.
And, it seems, the Hunt effect is just as potent in real life.
Actor Philip Glenister and the Audi Quattro in Ashes to Ashes
Philip Glenister, who plays Hunt, yesterday revealed how he put his character’s reputation to good use when his car was stopped for speeding on the Embankment in London.
Glenister, who admitted his driver – Darren – had been doing 35mph in a 30mph zone, explained: „This copper is questioning Darren about his speed so I wound the window down and just turned into Gene Hunt and said, ‚Is there a problem, officer?‘
„I was sat in the back having a glass of wine and reading the paper and I’d had a 12-hour day on set.
„This policeman, bless him, just did a double take and went, ‚Oh it’s you.‘
„I said, ‚Yes, I’m the one on the booze, not him‘ and just had this whole thing of being Gene Hunt. And I said, ‚Go and catch some proper criminals.‘
„Then he just came over and said, ‚I’m terribly sorry about this sir, I’ll let you off this time if you don’t mind.'“
Glenister, who recounted the latest episode in Gene Hunt’s colourful career to Christian O’Connell on the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show, ended up saving his driver three points on his licence as well as a £60 fine.
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The 45-year-old actor has become a cult figure among police for his portrayal of DCI Hunt. A major factor has been the one-liners, delivered in a rasping Mancunian accent.
Among those treasured by fans are, „She’s as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot“ and the showstopping „Fire up the Quattro!“
One policeman called into the radio show to confess that his station had a picture of Hunt behind the counter to inspire them.
The social networking site Facebook has 123 groups dedicated to the character, including DCI Hunt for Prime Minister and DCI Hunt for Home Secretary. The Metropolitan Police was unable to confirm the incident because it was not recorded officially.
A spokesman asked: „I would say are you sure they were Met police officers?“
He added that officers had discretionary powers over whether to act over a speeding offence but their ‚reasoning must always be completely justifiable‘ when doing so.
But the episode might provoke-some questions among less fortunate motorists.
Earlier this week it emerged that Sydney Duffy was fined for doing 35mph in a 30mph area when he tried to leave the road quickly as his wife had an epileptic fit. The 63-year-old has appealed against the fine from Cumbria police and will appear in court.
And Stephanie Cornwall was issued with a £60 fine after rushing to hospital when her six year-old son Alfie was mauled by a dog. The mother, 40, from Leicestershire, was travelling at 37mph in a 30mph zone.
Whatever their reaction, we have not heard the last of DCI Hunt. After the success of Life On Mars, which was followed by Ashes to Ashes, Glenister will begin shooting a new series in September with co-star Keeley Hawes.
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