A GLADIATORS star has opened up about watching a footballer having his feet licked and told of the comedian who snuck under his T-shirt to snog his chest.
Cobra, aka body-builder Michael Willson, shot to fame on the challenge show in the nineties.
Und, ahead of the long-awaited reboot on BBC, he’s spoken out about what went on behind the scenes.
Michael was 14 and a half stones of pure muscle when he was hired for Gladiators, die lief von 1992 zu 2000 auf ITV.
A hit with audiences, the six-foot former kickboxer was regularly cheered to the rafters when he walked out into the arena — but his on-screen smiles masked troubles.
He was drawn into heavy drinking by his friend Jefferson King — aka Shadow — who would down six pints of Guinness before filming.
And when Michael turned on the Christmas lights in Manchester, the late comedian and actress Caroline Aherne snuck under his T-shirt to snog his broad chest.
Not all of his brushes with celebrities were so much fun.
Er sagt: “I came out and I got a massive, rapturous applause — it was absolutely great.
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“Phil said to me: ‘I don’t have to wear that.’ He was talking about my costume.
“I looked at him and I said: ‘You couldn’t.’”