Blake Harrison: Why there isn’t going to be an Inbetweeners 3

The Tripped star says he's done playing Neil in the comedy TV and film series

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If you were still holding out hope for a third Inbetweeners film, then it’s probably best to let that dream die – because according to Blake Harrison (who played the idiotic Neil in the E4 series and accompanying films) it’s just not happening.

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“I don’t think I will be doing Neil again,” said Harrison.

“Just as much as that is my decision to not really want to venture back into that again, the writers have also said to us that they’ve run out of ideas. So it’s going to be very hard even if I wanted to do it again!

“That first film we thought was it – done and dusted. Then it made the money it did and it was incredibly popular…and people came to us, ‘We really have to do another one.’ But it did take a year to get to that, because… we were quite happy to leave it. So now I think it really is time to probably leave it.”

Sad news for fans of Neil’s robot dance – but could there be room for a reunion somewhere down the line, perhaps when the boys are a little more grown up?

“I don’t know, the comedy comes from the guys being so ignorant that it’s funny, because they’re teenagers. I think if you had a bunch of 20- or 30-year-old men saying what they say – there’s not really an excuse, they would be more worldly and then it’s just offensive.

“Unless they could completely change the style of how those characters made each other laugh and the audience laugh and stuff, I don’t know if it could work as them older. We’re getting old now!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq-RJsk7cSo

Harrison went on to reflect on how playing the gormless Neil had affected his career, leading to his new role in E4 science-fiction comedy Tripped, where he plays a man sent into various parallel universes.

“People know me as Neil from The Inbetweeners – it’s a gross-out teen comedy,” Harrison said. “As much as it’s very popular in terms of the industry, I don’t know how much credibility really comes with having your prosthetic testicles licked by a dog in the first 10 minutes of a movie… and stuff like that.

“And so I think to myself, what are the chances of me doing a dramatic sci-fi action role? Very little. So something like Tripped comes along, and it’s a really brilliant script as well, I will jump at the chance of doing it.”

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Tripped begins on Tuesday 8th December on E4 at 10.00pm