If you’re going to single-handedly champion a controversial political message amid 200 fierce critics then dress as Henry VIII, use the C-word and – oh – be Brian Blessed.
The 81-year-old acting legend was hosting a dinner for a group of farmers run by the pig and poultry company ABN at Coombe Abbey Hotel in Coventry.
Naturally with such a figure standing in the socially-awkward space of a corporate event, it is no surprise someone used the outfit as an easy icebreaker when they asked what Blessed would do if he really were king. When he responded that he would ban badger culling the audience errupted in abuse.
The Sun reported that he roared “You’re all c***s, I hope you all die of TB.” He then stormed out, yelling it had been a “s*** idea” for him to host the pig and poultry farmers’ do.
One guest, who asked not to be named, said: “It was after dinner and the booze had been flowing. Brian used the C-word before flouncing out. His views on animal welfare are well known and he wasn’t going to back down even in a room full of farmers. But a few there have said it was worth the price of the ticket just to see Brian go off on one.”
Few details have been given of Blessed’s outfit for this outburst other than that he was dressed as a Tudor king. Nevertheless the Shakespeare enthusiast frequently looks like he could have stepped out of a Holbein painting and featured in the BBC comedy sketches ‘Henry 8.0’.