It’s an imaginative way of avoiding the dreaded talking-heads approach to documentary filmmaking; would grow wearisome quickly if we spent 89 minutes watching Fancher weave his yarns.
The sentiment seems heartfelt, perhaps unsurprisingly: the role he is proudest of is that of being father of two sons, one a 20-year-old at university in Manchester and the other, aged six, who lives with him in Los Angeles.
He has been deprived of his son, which one might regard as a legitimate grievance to pursue somebody and kill them," he says of the role of Lord Akbari, arch-nemesis of Sinbad, in a fantasy family drama about to debut on Sky 1.
He plays Dr Hasnat Khan, former lover of Princess Diana. "They dealt with unimaginable stuff I still can't fully comprehend.
"When I read the script it seemed a very intimate love story. The relationship is always going to be impossible; it's not going to work. I've got a lot of sympathy – that comes with getting older." Both his parents are dead. "I hope, wherever they are, they're finding peace, because they didn't have it when they were alive.
Breezy and fun to watch, the film marvels at what surely is a charmed life.
Fancher seems always to be in the right place at the right time for the chance encounter that will once again change his life forever.
They later fought a custody battle over the child which he says he's legally bound not to talk about. While currently in a relationship, after splitting with Hershey in 2010, he says it remains private.
Previously he has admitted being attracted to older women because his relationship with his mother left him looking for "a nice mum who you can also shag".
A documentary focusing on someone like that might be more interesting and instructive than yet another film about perseverance and personal sacrifice — especially if the subject has a knack for storytelling and a lifetime of unique experiences on which to draw.
Here to test that hypothesis is seasoned, sometimes experimental filmmaker Michael Almereyda (, which has no direct English translation but refers to passion, inspiration and the rare ability to live beyond one’s natural limits.
There is a certain grandeur about a love that both people recognise doesn't have a hope in hell." However many roles he takes on as an actor, they will be overshadowed by those he has played in real life. They didn't get to be parents in the way I've got to be a parent, and that's very sad." While he might not agonise over his past, it has left marks. "If you've grown up feeling unattractive, I don't think you ever lose that. I'm never going to wake up and look in the mirror and think, 'Yes, I'll go out and meet people'.