Lisa Vanderpump on ABC
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Lisa Vanderpump is now a member of reality TV through the hugely popular Bravo show,
Vanderpump Rules. But in 1982, she was the big-shoulder queen of New Romantics, and ABC double-breasted Martin Fry was her king when she took on the role of Samantha in the film. Mantrap – the spy caper accompanying Sheffield ABC’s debut album, which marked the decade, produced by Trevor Horn Dictionary of Lovereleased on June 21, 2022. Directed by the legendary Julien Temple ( The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginnersmany huge music videos of the 80’s), the surreal film musical remains a little-known “underground classic”, but thanks to the Internet and Vanderpump’s brand name, it has reached a new audience 40 years after its release.
“She’s pretty iconic on that, isn’t she?” admires ABC Fry frontman at Yahoo Entertainment. “Lisa was a great foil for me. Or, I was a great foil for her. It had a lot of stars, a lot of “old school movie stars” – that charm we were looking for. We wanted a very strong woman. In the movie, this beautiful woman enchants me through romance, but she wants to do it. “
While many of the equally glamorous ABC peers of the early MTV era enthusiastically embraced the then-rising music video, Fry explains that ABC always wanted to take it to the next level, which led to
Mantrap project and Vanderpump casting. “We were young romantics. There were all those floating bands, like Duran Duran and Culture Club and Depeche Mode, and the point was always to be as modern and brand new as possible – basically redesigning rock ‘n’ roll. “The medium was the message and it was very important how you presented yourself,” he recalls. So when the band was approached by the BBC television show arena to star in a special “about four kids who came out of Sheffield in the north of England and did it”, did not think they were enough quite ambitious. And so, aided by Temple’s vision, they “decided to follow the path of the imagination.”
The story goes on
It is not so easy to summarize
Mantraphis strange plot, but it’s something like this: One night in an elegant foreign casino, a lonely, humble Fry meets the elegant and mysterious Samantha (“Cruella de Vil type”) and his fortune immediately improves. Not only does Fry clean up roulette and not only do the two fall in love, but Samantha recruits him to join ABC – who become pop overnight, tour Europe on a bullet train and lead the Hammersmith Odeon in London as they play The Dictionary of Love.
But Fry is a useless pawn in a general espionage plan: the shadowy new ABC manager (played by the evil veteran actor James Villiers) and Fry’s comrades try to replace the group’s frontman with a Russian spy. secretly detach the spy. behind the iron curtain. And so, in an epic, top-notch battle scene, Fry has to take part in a “battle of wills” with his like-minded enemy – to “make the world safe for the New Romantic synthpop,” of course.
“I guess it was kind of in the middle of the Cold War and that was on people’s minds,” Fry says of
MantrapSoviet reversal of its plot. He remembers amusingly, “We went to [London’s] Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill, and there is a supermarket. . It looked like a watch post, and it’s the part we pretended to be traveling across the border. We rebuilt a very communist Russia on Notting Hill, in the surrounding areas. It’s fun to walk past today … and think, “Oh, yes, that was the place where I stood in line with Lisa and pretended we were traveling to Russia.” It was Doctor Zivago on a string “.
Fry did his own acrobatics in the financial movie “All Hands on Deck” (“You threw all you had, heart and soul, 100 percent at what you did then – that was very encouraging to Julien Temple”). And Fry’s gold double on the fight stage was actually played by Lisa Vanderpub’s brother, Mark, who died tragically at the age of 59 in 2018, and with whom Fry had remained friends. (“I used to meet her brother a lot; she sometimes came to shows and stuff like that,” Fry says sadly.)
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Martin Fry and Mark Vanderpump’s Mantrap battle scene. (Photo: Midnight Films / Polygram)
Fry was amazed by Lisa’s “very young but very experienced” institutional skills, even before
Mantrap. They previously co-starred in the ABC Temple-directed music video for “Poison Arrow” – which featured Samantha and was later included as a narcissist in Mantrap, with Samantha trapping a shrunken Fry under a large martini glass. In the “Poison Arrow” video, I’m constantly trying to impress her, too United Nations“Impressed,” Fry says with a laugh. “I liked watching Lisa climb [as a television personality and restaurateur] since then.”
But despite his power through the provocative martini and battle scenes, Fry was “never 100 percent convinced” by his own acting – joking that his only previous experience was
Top of the Pops and American Bandstand. “I guess I escaped. “It was definitely a deep jump, yes,” he says, shrugging. Fry says he “wanted to be James Bond and Jerry Lewis at the same time” as he approached the dark humorous role. Other inspirations on screen were Cary Grant, The prisonerPatrick McGowan, The candidate from ManchuriaMick Jagger inside Implementation, various B films of the 60’s, even the filmography of Elvis Presley. “You never knew if Elvis’s films were of high quality. “Some of them were brilliant and some of them were awesome, but they were always kind of a lot of fun,” Fry explains. “I remember, I think this is almost the area where we worked.”
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ABC’s Mantrap. (Photo: Midnight Films / Polygram)
Unfortunately, with time
Mantrap came out, ABC had already moved on to a rawer sound on the second album Beauty Stab, so they did little to promote the film – something Fry regrets now. But he says, “It was something we’re really proud of, because a lot of bands spoke to do so, but they never succeeded. And it was something we achieved. It records the ambitions of the time “.
But his legacy
The Dictionary of Love is alive, with Fry currently touring the UK playing the full album with full orchestra. A special anniversary performance at London’s consecrated Royal Albert Hall takes place this week. Also note that in his final scene Mantrap, it was deliberately unclear whether it was Fry or his Russian doper who won that battle with the new fist or whether Samantha had been working secretly for the Soviets all this time. “You really do not know if Lisa Vanderpump’s character is a plant, a spy,” says Fry. Top of the Pops and become the king of the New Romantics. “)
Well … all this raises the question: Could there ever be a sequel to Temple directed
“It simply came to our notice then. I like the sequels “, Fry answers laughing. (In fact, in 2016 ABC released a successful sequel to the album, with a simple title
The Dictionary of Love II, and reunited with Temple for the music video “Viva Love.”) “I’ll like to do it [a sequel movie] for the Russian pop star who did it, the parallel universe: He became like the Russian pop star of Eurovision and then returns. Good story! “
But of course, Vanderpump should be involved as well. “Oh, yes, it would mean nothing without Lisa,” Fry says ironically. “It could be on the posters.”
Lisa Vanderpump today. (Photo: People)
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