9 thoughts on “MCM: Steve Coogan

  1. He was brilliant in Stan and Ollie, now I need to see more of Steve’s performances. Thanks for the lineup!

  2. Technically, my favorite Steve Coogan is his role as Octavius in Night at the Museum, which, while not a Frock Flick, is a Frock Role, with tiny him running around in his lil centurion armor being gay with tiny Owen Wilson.

  3. “…released for the US market as the cringingly titled “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride”, because Americans can’t be arsed to read a book, I guess…”

    THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (1996) was at least the sixth project since 1983 adapting the source material under that title– some of which had recently run in the U.S. on Disney and other cable sources.

    And it was briefly put into limited U.S. distribution by Sony Pictures under that original tille, but was quickly withdrawn (it had just bombed badly in the U.K.) Disney subsequently released it on home media under the MR. TOAD’S WILD RIDE title.

    This was for two reasons: to avoid confusion with the other versions of the frequently-adapted WIND IN THE WILLOWS already out on home media, as well as to tie into the Disneyland ride of the same name. Disney had previously adapted Kenneth Grahame’s novel back in 1949 as THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD, where it shared screen time with Washington Irving’s THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW.

  4. He has grown on me. His travel pieces w/ whosit are great fun. And I agree he and John C Reilly were brilliant in Stan and Ollie. The film is extremely well made. You can also see the original song and dance online. Excited about The Lost King. I am a Ricardian, after many “encounters” with him over many years via the plays, Daughter of Time, a visit to Bosworth Field while I lived in Leicester, and by happy coincidence, happened to be at the ancient market downtown when “he” and his soldiers rode out of there in a recreation 500 years later on that very day. The discovery of his bones was thrilling. I hope the film does this fascination story justice.

  5. He is so talented. I’m due for a re-watch of several of these. Good MCM choice.

  6. honestly, in Zapped…. I thought that was Vincent Price.
    There are worse comparisons, I’m sure.

  7. Coogan does vainglorious so very well. I’d love to see his take on one of the overdone monarchs, like Henry the VIII, or Louis the 14th.
    Egad! re: Pepys. I’ve been reading a shortened version of his diary, and recommending it right and left because he was so funny–the editors had cut out all the unflattering bits. I had no idea he was more Harvey Weinstien than Harvey Fierstein. Thank you for pointing it out.

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