Brian Blessed has confessed that he has aspirations for his life that are simply out of this world.
The actor, who celebrated his 86th birthday in October, aspires to be the oldest man in space, refusing to consider his age as a barrier to attaining his goal.
His interest in space has been a recurring motif in his life, and he previously trained to become an astronaut with Nasa.
Brian talked out about his ambition to go beyond the Earth’s atmosphere during an interview with Kirsty Wark on BBC Newsnight, describing space as his “greatest love.”
‘I’ve done bloody everything. I’ve been to the North Pole, I’ve been to the Lost World. I’ve been to these places, for Christ’s sake, and I want to get up,’ the Flash Gordon star said.
‘I will not make a pact with old age.’
Opening up about his past experience training to become an astronaut, he shared: ‘I did training in Moscow, at Red Star with [mountaineer] Catherine Destivelle of France and other people and certain Nasa cosmonauts.
‘I did my full training there and then I did training on Reunion Island in the Pacific with Nasa, I completed my training and I’m a fully trained cosmonaut, astronaut.’
He added: ‘My biggest love in life is space. We got to get out there,’ before giving an emphatic ‘yes’ when asked if he was going to space.
The Blackadder actor called the universe’s galaxies, planets, and star systems “amazing,” but said that scientists are “only beginning” to fathom them.
During an interview with The Telegraph in 2022, Brian expressed his desire to go to Mars one day.
The Shakespearean actor shared: ‘My biggest love in life, apart from space, is women. Women are clever and brave. I learn so much from women, and I love their company. Women are my religion.’
The Tarzan voice actor also showed his support for the Lionesses before of their semi-final encounter against Australia at the Women’s World Cup, breaking out into a performance of Three Lions.
‘It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming, football’s coming home. Everyone seems to know the score, they’ve seen it all before,’ he said.
Brian said individuals who are “so confident” England would “throw it away,” but he has “never ceased dreaming” of triumph.
BBC Newsnight is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Source My Celebrity Life.