Monday, November 8th, 2010

How To Talk Like Michael Caine

Why didn't any of you tell me that Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—whose competitive antics were the best part of Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy—are doing a new TV show directed by Winterbottom? I mean, this is the kind of stuff I live for! Anyway, here's a clip, via Maximum Fun.

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Louis Fyne (#2,066)

This was the highlight – well this or Joy Division as acceptable road tripping music – but the whole thing is dark and fun and there is a new episode tonight!

shudder (#5,913)

Saw this at the Toronto film fest — they'd edited the whole series into a long-ish feature. Twas brilliant, sad, dark, moving. I can't imagine how Coogan can keep playing this prickly, desperate-for-mainstream-US-attention version of himself on screen. It must hurt!

mathnet (#27)

Day. Made.

Polly Peachum (#8,145)

I also liked this exchange, from the start of the film:

Rob Brydon: [Rob shows Steve his teeth] What do you think? Have a look at the color.
Steve Coogan: I saw the color the last time I looked. It registered.
Rob Brydon: It's what they call "not white." What color would you call it?
Steve Coogan: I would, I'd concur with "not white." I'd go further.
Rob Brydon: I mean, it's not yellow.
Steve Coogan: I, you know, I mean, there's a sliding scale, isn't there, you know.
Rob Brydon: Hint of yellow.
Steve Coogan: I think you're closest to…
Rob Brydon: Barley meadow. Tuscan sunset.
Steve Coogan: You're getting laughs, but it's not making your teeth look any better.

And doesn't Coogan's character say something like, upon being underwhelmed by a cheaply-staged battle scene, "I see literally TENS of men!"

growler (#476)

I need to see this yesterday!

Anyone who hasn't yet seen Coogan's brilliance in HAMLET 2 really needs to rent it.

Craig Strong (#8,578)

Rob's impression is way better than Steve's!

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