Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench got kicked out of a set for potatoes

Actor Kenneth Branagh recalled Wednesday when the gloom of Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts” led him and Judi Dench to be kicked off the set for disrupting a TV production of the play. (Watch it below.)

Branagh was still shining in the glow of seven Oscar nominations for “Belfast” – a film he wrote and directed. So he was in a good mood to tell the “Ghosts” anecdote on “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”

Branagh said Ibsen’s dark play about infidelity and incest caused pent-up silliness among the actors in the 1987 TV production. When it came time for a dinner scene in which Natasha’s character Richardson served potatoes to Branagh and Dench’s characters, the co-stars simultaneously lost him.

All it took was for Michael Gambon to specifically ask for 17 potatoes, and suddenly Dench’s laughing face crashed into the potatoes and Branagh was called out by a voice on the AP. We’ll let Branagh fill in the rest. (Fast forward to 6:37.)


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