Thursday, September 08, 2016


VIDEO: This short interview with the 1990s Ronald McDonald is absolutely brilliant

Did you know only a handful of men have ever played fast food salesman and arguable childhood icon Ronald McDonald? Just nine have been the Big Clown himself - including Joe Maggard.

Maggard played Ronald between 1995 and 2007, before being replaced by the current actor. The Guardian produced this six-minute web documentary on Maggard's life after the make-up, and it's fascinating.

"The clown's ready to go," Maggard starts off with. "Like any superhero, he's ready at a moment's notice — Ronald can appear."
"Joe's present ... but I'm Ronald," he tells the film crew after he changes. "It's better as a performer when you can distinguish your character from yourself ... it's called method."
It's been eight years since Maggard was the official Ronald, but he insists he's "still serving" as an embodiment of the brand.
But he's not beyond a bit of grumbling - particularly about kids' habit to stamp on his feet. "I'd give the little bastards a rap on the cheek," he recalls.
Facinating stuff - and well worth a few minutes of your day.