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Knowing me Alan Partridge, knowing you Stan Laurel. Aha!Steve Coogan has gone from playing the hapless Norfolk-based TV and radio host to playing one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in a new film.The first photo has been released of Coogan as Laurel alongside Guardians of the Galaxy actor John C Reilly, who plays Oliver Hardy in Stan & Ollie.The film, which follows the pair on their farewell tour, will close the BFI London Film Festival on 21 October.That will be its world premiere, ahead of its cinema release next January.
Laurel and Hardy earned their places as all-time comedy greats by starring in more than 100 films together from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Stan & Ollie is described as a “heart-warming story” that follows the pair on their “triumphant” final tour of UK and Ireland in 1953.
It has been penned by Jeff Pope, who wrote 2013’s Oscar-nominated Philomena with Coogan.
Director Jon S Baird said: “Stan & Ollie, at its heart, is a love story between old friends who just happen to be two of the most iconic comedic characters in Hollywood’s history.”
The film also will also star Nina Arianda and Shirley Henderson as Laurel and Hardy’s wives Ida and Lucille.
The Fear of Wages. Napoleon’s Piano. Dr Jekyll and Mr Crun. A Sockful of Custard. Spike Milligan devotees will probably recognise these titles of the Goon Show, the series that changed the face of British comedy in the Fifties.
In fact one of the titles is fake, having been created by a pair of fiftysomething fanboys as a tribute to Milligan on the centenary of his birth.
A Sockful of Custard is written and performed by Chris Larner and Jeremy Stockwell and opens on the Fringe. It has been a labour of love, not least because the two men have had no access to any original Milligan material.
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