I was a big fan of the old “Dean Martin” show. One night one of the guests was Peter Sellers. In one of the regular skits, Dean with chat with his guests and regulars, which for the most part was not “as characters.” They were just themselves, reading jokes off cue cards or whatever.
Well, what struck me as odd as that Sellers did that shole skit acting as–for lack of a better word–a sissy. I thought it was strange, and it didn’t tie into any of the other stuff going on.
Some years later, I saw Sellers in an interview (some time after “Being There”), and he did the interview as “Chance the Gardner!” Huh???
Some years late I read a short bio on him, and it said that he had always said that he did not have a personality of his own–that he “became” the characters that he was acting.
Blake Edwards said something similar to that–that Sellers remained “in character” after the cameras had quit rolling, and that that (among other things) made him quite difficult to deal with.
So, apparently he chose the “Chance” character for the interview, and the “sissy” character (for whatever reason) for the DM show. Apparently, in his view, since that skit was done out of character (which for him, did not exist), he had to “create” a character–OK, I see now (I think).