Q&A with Jon Bridges
Can you remember the first lie you ever told?
I think we come out lying right from the start. My first lie was the balling and wailing I did in the nurse’s arms. Nothing hurt, I wasn’t hungry, just after a bit of attention. As soon as that crying gets us attention, we learn that lying can get us somewhere. The biggest lies come from the littlest liars, and lying comes naturally. We have to be taught to tell the truth.
Where do you stand on lying? Is it OK to tell a little white lie or the bigger the better?
It isn’t ok to tell a lie, it’s our absolute obligation. Lies are the wallpaper of society – covering some pretty ugly construction. The sin is not to lie, the sins are to lie badly, to get caught, and to lie about the wrong thing.
Do you sometimes embellish the truth to make it more exciting?
No. I think lying to make things more exciting is one example of the wrong time to lie. If it isn’t exciting in the first place, harden up, go back and do it again so that you don’t have to lie.
Is honesty the best policy?
Sometimes. It is not, however, the best defense policy. “Hello invaders. We have a 18 soldiers, 2 frigates, no jet planes, and our gun is in getting a service,” would be an unwise use of honesty.
What is the best lie you have ever heard?
Someone once told me that Tintin wears a green pullover. Is it a lie? Tintin isn’t real. There is no pullover, so how could an assertion about its colour be either true or false? A lie like that you can keep getting away with all day.
Who would be your dream team-mates?
If we were standing in that big playground in the sky and I got to pick my team first, I’d choose Captain Cook and Jesus, and we’d get down to sorting some truth from some bullshit.
Out of you, Jesse and Paul – who is the best liar?
There’s no ‘best’, we all lie differently. Paul lies because the truth is too painful. Jesse lies because he’s such a bizarre man that anything could be true. And I lie to stay one step ahead of the law.
What is the best lie you have ever told?
The best lie I ever told was just before when I said I’d want Captain Cook on my team. Made me sound quite smart and historical when actually he’s the last person I’d want because those Elizabethans stunk something rotten.
Is it easier to make a lie or the truth sound more convincing on WILTY?
To make the other team doubt whether something is true or a lie, you have to make yourself doubt. If you can weave yourself into a land where reality falls away and self dissolves, where the past is the same as a fantasy and truth is nothing but a cat you might have seen out of the corner of your eye, then lies and truth sound equally convincing to everyone.
Have your answers been truthful?
No. Or have they? Now we’re playing! Now you expect me to lie. Your bum looks big in that! Am I lying now? Perhaps! Yes! No! You’ll have to watch the show to find out.
Listen to Jesse Mulligan and Jon Bridges being interviewed by Marcus Lush on RadioLIVE here.