James May on Our Man in Italy and The Grand Tour’s future

Willard Desalvatore

Can a bumbling, middle-aged British bloke find out the techniques of ‘la dolce vita’?

That is the mission at the coronary heart of James May’s new sequence, Our Male In Italy, which follows the Grand Tour presenter as he travels the duration and breadth of Italy from the Sicilian funds of Palermo to the peaks of the Dolomites.

Next on from the results of his Our Guy In Japan sequence in 2020, this six-episode journey is a joyous write-up-lockdown address as May well and his crew seize the amazing sights and seems of Italy’s jaw-dropping landscapes and wealthy tradition.

We caught up with James when he bought again from his travels to come across out a lot more about the vacation and the latest updates on the future of The Grand Tour.

1. How diverse is this Italy sequence to Our Guy In Japan?

James May presenting Our Man in Italy

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Italy isn’t as complicated and that did fret me a bit. It is very diverse from Britain and Japan, but it’s a European state and it is not as surprising as Japan. Italy is a relevant society.

Fortunately, there ended up ample variations for Italy to be baffling and interesting at the exact time. Everywhere is fascinating if you glance near plenty of. And you really do not have to go far in Italy.

It is full of fabulous items to seem at, try to eat, argue about – it’s a extremely culturally and experientially dense place. That’s the reason it is so popular. It is not a huge place, but it’s rammed to bursting point with things.

2. What was the best thing you uncovered in Italy?

The most practical skill was either driving as a result of Rome or, even though it wasn’t on camera, learning how to hand-make macaroni. Rolling out sheets of handmade pasta and then wrapping them all around wire, it can take hours! And you end up with a smaller bowl of pasta. But I can do it now. You’d have to wait around a day for me to make it, but I can do handmade macaroni with truffles or cheese.

3. You satisfy some Italians who have constructed their have Lord of the Rings Shire and stay as Hobbits – how did you maintain a straight deal with?

James May posing with Italian cheese

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I didn’t [keep a straight face] by means of all of it. I assume it is daft, in the way that I assume Morris dancing is daft. But I don’t assume it’s unsafe of a danger to culture. Until they switch out to be a harmful Nazi cult, which often problems me with people factors.

You go along and believe this is quite amusing, these people feel they’re Hobbits and they offer you home made beer and pasta, but then 5 several years later it is exposed that they are a hazardous Nazi cult with people in prisons in dungeons and there’s a image of me acquiring a drink with them.

But I never believe they are hazardous. It is just cosplay. If this was Japan nobody would bat an eyelid. It is persons dressing up, getting a minimal fantasy and heading again to the office on Monday.

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4. You invest a large amount of the sequence in extravagant gown – how much persuading does it just take from the crew?

Rather a large amount. Often I do get somewhat lousy-tempered about it. I’m not persuaded people today want to see me making an a*** of myself, but they assume people do want to see me gown up and make an a*** of myself. We have a handful of gentle arguments. In the finish, I know I’ve type of received to do it for Tv. But there is a trade-off, I say “I will do that but you have received to let me to go to the woodwork store, the gunmaker or the Ferrari manufacturing unit” – it is a offer. And then they minimize all that little bit out.

5. Do you take pleasure in performing solo after spending so significantly time with ‘the other two’?

Sure. Yes. We’re not pretty superior on The Grand Tour of giving just about anything any gravitas. Every little thing is monotonous or nerdy. So it’s quite wonderful to be on my very own. But I can get a small far too immersed in points and have to have transferring on some moments. If it had just been left to me, you would have just received 6 episodes of me making bagpipes.

6. Do you have any Grand Tour specials with Clarkson and Hammond in the pipeline?

More Grand Tours? We have filmed a single. It will be coming out later this yr, but they haven’t made a decision when yet. I’m not remaining secretive they just haven’t determined. After that, we’ll just have to see.

We’re all knocking on a bit. At some point we’ll all be previous it or a single of us will die. But at the second, it’s still doing work.

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James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond pose for The Grand Tour

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7. Do you however want to make Our Gentleman In the United states?

Oh undoubtedly. We did not have any issues with America. We experienced it all established up. Lots of points I desired to do. And plenty of matter the producers required that I didn’t want to do. But it now all depends on Italy and how significantly Amazon like it and how it performs as a present. Anything is metrics pushed, but if that is all very good, The usa would be excellent.

As common with my lifestyle, the potential over and above this week is a gray fog. But I am doing the job on a few of ideas in top secret. I cannot explain to you what they are I’m worried since that will jinx it. There is some stunning things, let’s set it that way.

James May well: Our Gentleman in Italy is obtainable on Primary Movie from 15 July

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