The film features an all-star cast including Isla Fisher (Nocturnal Animals, Wedding Crashers), David Mitchell (Peep Show, Upstart Crow), Asa Butterfield (Sex Education, Journey’s End), Sophie Cookson (Kingsman franchise, Red Joan), Dinita Gohil (The Infiltrator, The Snowman), Jamie Blackley (The Last Kingdom, Traitors), Shanina Shaik (The Mummy), Tim Key (Alan Partridge series, Pls Like), Sarah Solemani (Bridget Jones’s Baby, Him & Her), Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing, Happy New Year, Colin Burstead), Ollie Locke (Made in Chelsea, Plebs), Pearl Mackie (Doctor Who), Jonny Sweet (Johnny English Strikes Again, Loaded), Shirley Henderson (Stan & Ollie, T2 Trainspotting) and Stephen Fry (The Hobbit series, Gosford Park).
Here’s the official synopsis:
GREED tells the story of self-made British billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan), whose retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years he has ruled the world of retail fashion – bringing the high street to the catwalk and the catwalk to the high street – but after a damaging public inquiry, his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicised and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos. A satire on the grotesque inequality of wealth in the fashion industry, the film sees McCreadie’s rise and fall through the eyes of his biographer, Nick (David Mitchell).
Ahead of his Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award from BAFTA L.A. on Friday, the U.K. comedy hero, best known for his Alan Partridge character, chats about his most memorable film, the Little Tramp’s influence and the talents of Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
A comedy hero in the U.K. for more than two decades thanks largely to his long-running and much-loved comic creation Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan joined Hollywood’s prestige ranks with 2013’s Philomena and 2018’s Stan & Ollie. Once again blending comedy and what he likes to call “meat on the bones,” Coogan’s latest feature, Greed, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, is a satirical attack on capitalism and sees him playing a character heavily based on disgraced “king of the high street” and Top Shop owner Philip Green. Ahead of receiving BAFTA’s Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy on Oct. 25 in Beverly Hills, Coogan, 53, discussed using humor as a Trojan horse, why being associated with Charlie Chaplin is particularly sweet and whether there’s anything funny about Brexit.
Has Charlie Chaplin had any influence over your work or career?
I’m a huge admirer of Chaplin. He was an entrepreneurial pioneer in terms of entertainers. One of the inherent perennial problems with filmmaking is that it’s a constant tension between art and commerce. And what really Chaplin did was make sure that the emphasis was on art and the art won through. And as he grew older he tried to say things that were important and of course was marginalized and painted as a Communist because he had a conscience. And socially ostracized by the American establishment, because he was someone who wasn’t trivial and tried to use art to make the world a better place. And generally his films are fill of hope and humanity, and that’s something that my company tries to do, to make shows that have value and substance behind the entertainment. So to accept an honor in his name is especially sweet for me. Continue reading →