If Rufus ever entertained thoughts of an acting career, his recent performances proved his suitability. With Amy recording every word, he talked about his lonely life as an only child in a family dominated by an abusive father and terrified mother, preoccupied with her own inadequacies rather than protecting him. He told of an environment of drink and drugs followed by beatings and near starvation. He said he never wanted to see his father again.
Amy was lapping it up. Wonderful material for a human interest story.
Rufus then described his escape to university, his work and his continuing loneliness.