“Do you want a class or do you want an audience?” an observant drama teacher once asked young Alex Agnew. Well, that was an open goal. The Antwerp comedian stuck in the second episode of Later when I’m bigger his dislike for the school system that once kept him under control for six years, not under the chairs or the school desks behind which he had nestled somewhat tightly. Anyone who has ever seen Agnew rumbling across the stage like a runaway locomotive knows that he hates rule-making and authority tout court. Then we should not mention the social norms that the aforementioned educational system tried to ram down the throats of the students in the dark seventies and eighties. Progressive insight was not such a thing at the time. Just ask the PMS / CLB.
“This has nothing to do with my brain,” Agnew snapped, brandishing a blank exam sheet full of maths and geography questions. “And I have thought that for years. There is nothing that catapults you to the thought of ‘I’m stupid’ more than this. ” We had seen him toil uncomfortably on that test a little while before, until he gave it up in displeasure. It is the most gruesome test to which reporter Eric Goens subjects the guests of this program, with audible glee. Well, everyone has their own kick.
This episode blew a charming melancholy that many of these nostalgia programs can only dream of. Agnew brushed away the bad memories of bad grades and one-dimensional teachers by wallowing in the imagination of yesteryear. Because there were strong. Make up voices, fantasize Star Wars and Sylvester Stallone. When Goens ordered him to keep himself busy for a while and the comedian started scribbling on paper, you were not surprised by his unexplored drawing talent. Typical. He also once played in a good rock band, people sometimes whisper. Some dudes have it all.
His imagination saved his student soul at home too. For example, he modeled a superman from his father who did not consider him a stupid man in a parallel world. For example, the half-sisters and brothers that that father had placed somewhere in the world evaporated into vague shadows who were never spoken about. “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story”, Agnew mused. One Sofie Dubois, the prettiest girl in the class, undoubtedly turned up in his thin childhood dreams as the Princess Leia of duty. Did we see Agnew swallowing slightly uncomfortably there when he talked about her?
It is a pity that she did not just drop into the classroom at the end of this program. Now we just saw her pop up as talking head in a pre-recorded interview, as did Agnew’s best friend Eric, who greedily shared the memories of his earliest companion on the route devoured. A corona-proof walk imposes itself. Put a camera on it, Goens.
Later when I’m bigger, every Tuesday at 8.40 pm on VTM.