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The Inbetweeners Star Simon Bird Says Reunion Would Be 'Depressing For Everyone'

Rebecca Shepherd

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The Inbetweeners Star Simon Bird Says Reunion Would Be 'Depressing For Everyone'

Featured Image Credit: E4/The Inbetweeners

When the '10 year reunion' was announced for The Inbetweeners, many fans couldn't quite contain their excitement at the thought of their return to telly (with Mr Gilbert included, of course). Sadly, it seemed many viewers found it a bit of a disappointment - it was dubbed 'painful' and 'awkward'.

So it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that talk of an actual reunion (presumably in the form of another season) has been shot down by Simon Bird, who played dorky Will McKenzie - aka 'briefcase w**ker' - in the show.

Simon Bird back when The Inbetweeners was being released. Credit: PA
Simon Bird back when The Inbetweeners was being released. Credit: PA

Speaking to Screen Daily, the 34-year-old actor was asked about the possibility of a comeback, and replied: "I don't know how that would work. I don't think it would work with the characters grown up, which we now all are.

"No one is going to buy us as teenagers any more. And I think the idea of the four of us back together as 30-somethings is going to be a bit more depressing for everyone. I can't see us doing any more of it."

Oh, don't be like that, mate.

(L-R) Joe Thomas who plays Simon Cooper, James Buckley who plays Jay Cartwright, Simon Bird who plays Will McKenzie and Blake Harrison who plays Neil Sutherland. Credit: PA
(L-R) Joe Thomas who plays Simon Cooper, James Buckley who plays Jay Cartwright, Simon Bird who plays Will McKenzie and Blake Harrison who plays Neil Sutherland. Credit: PA

Simon's comments come days after Emily Head - who played Carli D'Amato - opened up on the famous Sunday Brunch couch.

Talking about the programme in general, she said: "We all knew that it was something special, but we didn't know everyone else was going to know that it was special. So yeah, it was quite an experience."

But when pressed about whether there'd be a chance for her to play Carli one more time, she replied: "I don't know. I think everyone sort of secretly hopes there will, I think we all probably secretly hope there would be, but I think it was such a special thing in the moment that you wouldn't want to do it and get it wrong [or make something that] wasn't what people were expecting.

"I think, to look back on something... It's like if they do Friends again now, it wouldn't be the same. I think it was really of the moment."

Simon and Carli way back when. Credit: PA
Simon and Carli way back when. Credit: PA

And if two cast members' comments weren't enough, James Buckley (better known to fans as Jay Cartwright) also poured cold water all over another Inbetweeners stint - there's a running theme here, isn't there?

He said: "I think, especially after the reunion, me personally, I don't want to ruin The Inbetweeners any more. At the moment, I wouldn't want to go anywhere near it. I'm not sure we would be able to do it good enough."

Well, I guess the time has come where we just have to accept that there may never be a fresh season of The Inbetweeners. It's going to be a bitter pill to swallow - that much is for sure.

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, the inbetweeners

Rebecca Shepherd
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