Before Steve Coogan was discovered by U.S. audiences for his work in comedies like Tropic Thunder and The Other Guys, he was a fixture on British TV and radio comedy programs playing the erstwhile sports reporter and eventual radio and talk show host Alan Partridge on shows such as The Day Today, Knowing Me, Knowing You and, I'm Alan Partridge. Coogan most recently found success with last year's road trip comedy The Trip, which paired him with his Tristram Shandy co-star Rob Brydon as they played fictionalized versions of themselves touring restaurants in the English countryside. A sequel was revealed to be in the works last July.
Coogan was profiled in a recent edition of Vanity Fair magazine (via The Playlist), wherein he revealed that The Trip sequel, which will be set in Italy, will see him and Brydon "retracing the steps of Shelley and Byron, with all the attendant pompousness and portent." Director Michael Winterbottom is set to return, but there's no production start set just yet. see coogan's michael caine impression and in character as partridge >> Posted 02.14.12 by Ryan
We wouldn't call Borat and Bruno full-fledged documentaries, since the title characters were fictional extensions of Sacha Baron Cohen's twisted psyche. Nevertheless, the movies' antics were steeped in reality, creating a kind of pseudo-vérité.
But now, it appears that Cohen has decided to abandon the candid-camera shtick altogether. Variety writes that the 38-year-old British comedian has founded his own production company, Four By Two Films, and will go to work producing a new fictional project scripted by Peter Baynham.
Accidentes will tell the story of an "ambulance-chasing personal injury attorney of Latin descent" (played by Cohen) who helps a poor immigrant with a case against his wealthy employer. Ambulance-chasing, huh? We'll be interested to see what that means.
Cohen struck a deal with Universal for Accidentes and also got Columbia to commit to another starring vehicle. Cohen will script that project, as yet untitled, with Baynham, Anthony Hines, and Dan Mazer, the trio who collaborated with Cohen on Borat and Bruno. Posted 11.06.09 by reelz