First Trailer for British Road Comedy The Trip Starring Steve Coogan
05.11.11 by Ryan
Director Michael Winterbottom's road trip movie The Trip has an unusual conceit: It appears to be almost a documentary about British comedians Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder, 24 Hour Party People) and Rob Brydon (Mirrormask) as they tour the English countryside eating in restaurants for an assignment Coogan has from an English newspaper. However, the two actors play fictionalized versions of themselves, with Margo Stilley playing Coogan's not-in-real-life girlfriend who refuses to go with him on his restaurant tour, prompting Coogan to invite Brydon instead.
The Trip began as a six-part series for the BBC released at the end of last year and was then edited into a feature. At the time of the show's release, Coogan admitted to The Guardian that the movie was born from Winterbottom's enjoyment of the improvised scenes between Coogan and Brydon in 2005's Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, though Coogan admitted that he wasn't sure what the director wanted from them at first.
And all I could say was, "Why do you want to do this? Why the hell do you want to do this? What is the interest?" And then he starts weaving in words like "Coleridge," and slightly expanding on Rob's worldview. I don't think Rob actually has a worldview, but you know... his opinion on things.
It's also an excuse for both actors to work on their Michael Caine impersonations, as evidenced in the movie's first theatrical trailer.
While truth and fiction are an unusual mix — especially for an American audience that may not be familiar with Brydon and likely will miss the reference to Coogan's British sitcom character Alan Partridge shown in the trailer — Coogan explained in an interview with The Guardian that "the very worst thing you could say about a Michael Winterbottom project is that it is a Noble Failure. It would never be a bad piece of work."
Those interested, can see more of Brydon's and Coogan's impressions of Caine.