Malcolm in the Middle is the greatest television show of all time, guys, I am confident in this fact. I watch it very regularly, own it all on DVD, am obsessed with it to a worrying degree - so JUST imagine my heartache today, when I found out that Malcolm himself - Frankie Muniz - doesn’t remember filming all of it.
He’s currently competiting on the US version of Strictly Come Dancing - Dancing with the Stars, and has revealed on the show his problems with certain memories, particularly of his time on Malcolm in the Middle.
“Truth is, I don’t remember much of that. It almost feels like it wasn’t me.
“I have had nine concussions, I have had a fair amount of mini-strokes - TIA’s as they’re called, transient ischemic attacks.
“It makes me a little sad, things pop back into my mind [that] I should have remembered.”
Thankfully, he’s got his on-screen dad, Bryan Cranston, aka the greatest actor in the entire world, to help him out. Cranston also spoke to Dancing with the Stars, saying:
“I told him not to worry about what you remember, what you don’t remember. It will be my job. I will tell him, ‘Remember this, remember that, on Malcolm? What a life for you.’”
He also has his girlfriend, Paige Price, who helps him keep a daily diary to jot down his memories permanently and also presumably use him as a scapegoat for losing the house keys etc.
Of course, to a rabid MITM fan like me, it’s horrible stuff to hear - can’t have my beloved Malcolm feeling upset, can we? Well, thankfully, he’s all good right now (helps he’s a multi-millionaire, I guess):
“I’m happy with my acting career. I’m happy with the decision I made to race cars and to focus on music. Even if I don’t remember, I’m happy.”
To be honest, I can agree - quite often if I don’t remember, I’m happy too. Especially after last year’s staff party.
Watch the full interview below: