Steve Coogan has become something of a Hollywood presence over the past few years, making appearances big movies such as Night At The Museum: Battle of The Smithsonian and Tropic Thunder. But that doesn’t mean he’s left his roots behind. Instead, he’s aiming to take them to Hollywood with him.
I’m guessing Alan Partridge, Coogan’s best comedic character by far, isn’t well-known outside of the U.K. but he may well be soon. There have been rumors of an Alan Partridge movie for years, with a script allegedly shelved in 2005 after the terrorist bombings in London. But the movie could now be happening.
Coogan told Empire:
“We’re doing a deal right now – I can’t say who with – and there’ll probably be an official announcement in the next couple of months.”
“We’re doing it in the States, but I’m not going to try and Americanize it. I wouldn’t try to do the same observational stuff here that I do in Britain. I’m not going to come over here and go ‘right, now I’m going to try and invent five different characters who are all American’, because I’m not steeped in American culture. It wouldn’t work. I’m so ingrained in British culture that for me to observe the minutiae of being British in all its different ways is very easy. I couldn’t claim to do that here, and if I did they’d end up being caricatures. It’ll be a British fool/idiot character in a movie that should appeal to everybody.”
So, it’ll an American movie but with the Britishness of the Alan Partridge character kept intact. That sounds good to me, if Coogan and his co-writers Peter Baynham, Patrick Marber, and Armando Iannucci can pull it off.
Alan Partridge is a genius comic creation who deserves more attention on a bigger stage. Both Mr. Bean and David Brent are well-loved British characters in the States, and hopefully Partridge can be the next one to make it.