James Buckley, who played Jay on Channel 4’s The Inbetweeners as well two movies, was asked by Chris Moyles whether he would consider reprising the braggart Jay character.
“I’d say no, not because I don’t think I would have an amazing time doing it, because I know I would. I love the boys, I love the writers. Doing The Inbetweeners was the best job in the world.
“All we did was muck around all day long and they filmed us doing it, and at the end of the day, we might have had an episode, or a TV [show], you know, or a film or something. It was the best job in the world. But you know, as I’m getting older, it’s looking like it might be the only thing that I do professionally that is universally loved. There’s not enough money in the world for me to spoil that.”
Buckley added, “You can’t be in a big hit sitcom, and then moan about it after. You know, you can either go two ways with that. You can sit there and sort of go, ‘Oh, that’s not me, I’d like to move on and do other things now’ or you can sit there and go, ‘You know, I quite liked doing it and I thought it was fun at the time, and people seem to still enjoy it.’
“And yeah, listen, as an actor, it’s difficult professionally for me to move away from that character. But you can’t have it all, can you?