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When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.

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After some movies, Gene Siskel liked to say, "I wish I'd seen a documentary about the same actors having lunch." A whimsical new movie named "The Trip" puts his theory to the test. We've seen Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon co-starring in " Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story " (2005), and now here they are having lunch.

The pretense is that the Observer newspaper has assigned Coogan to do an article about dining in the north of England. His qualifications seem to be that he was born in Manchester, and he eats. When his girlfriend begs off the tour, he recruits his old friend Brydon to drive along, magnanimously offering to give him 45 percent of the fee. Brydon bids farewell to his wife and child, and the two set off in Coogan's Land Rover under gray winter skies.

The film, directed by Michael Winterbottom , consists of (1) Coogan and Brydon talking in the car; (2) Coogan and Brydon talking at breakfast, lunch and dinner; (3) Coogan's luck at seducing hotel staff members; (4) Coogan standing alone in chilly but lovely landscapes trying to find a signal for his cell phone; (5) food being prepared and served, and (6) shots of the car on motorways and country lanes.

This is a great deal more entertaining than it sounds, in large part because the two actors are gifted mimics — Brydon the better one, although Coogan doesn't think so. They get into a sort of competition that allows them to compete with their versions of such as Michael Caine , Ian McKellen , Sean Connery , Woody Allen and others. Brydon does a virtuoso impression of Caine's voice evolving from his early days in "The Ipcress File" through decades of whiskey and cigars into its present richness.

There's an undercurrent of rivalry throughout, based on what Coogan sees as his greater fame, success and talent. What especially bugs him is that he's seen as a comic actor and denied a shot at the heavy duty A-list material he feels he deserves. He also sees himself as more handsome, fitter and successful than Brydon, and from the way he considers his hair in a mirror you'd think he wanted it to look that way.

Curiously, they give only perfunctory attention to the many meals they eat, although Winterbottom faithfully goes into the kitchens to show each one being prepared. Scallops are featured in at least half the meals. One breakfast centers on black pudding, which I believe is best eaten with the eyes closed.

Along the way, they visit Lake District sites associated with Wordsworth and Coleridge, quote copiously, and speculate on Coleridge's use of opium. Coogan's reaction shot is priceless when one woman recognizes Brydon but not him. There's an undercurrent: Brydon has a family to return to in a cozy home; Coogan has a son he's distant from and a barren, modern apartment.

It's a good question how true any of this is. The movie lists no screenwriters, but although it looks like a documentary, it isn't one. Apparently it was edited down from a longer BBC-TV series during which the food was possibly more discussed. At the end we're left with the intriguing question: Would we rather see the same two actors in a regular story?

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Steve Coogan Reaches the End of ‘The Trip’

He plays a version of himself in the movie series, which is ending with “The Trip to Greece.” In reality “I’m not quite as precious as I come across. But there’s certainly a lot of truth in it.”

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As fans of “The Trip” movies know well by now, Steve Coogan has a shelf full of Baftas, the British equivalent of the Oscars. It’s a feat turned running gag throughout the films as he flaunts it at virtually every opportunity.

So when Rob Brydon, his traveling companion and comic foil, asks Coogan what he’s proudest of in “The Trip to Greece,” the answer is perhaps not surprising.

“My seven Baftas,” Coogan says.

“For me, it would be my children,” Brydon says.

“Well, because you haven’t got any Baftas,” Coogan replies.

“You have got children,” Brydon retorts.

In “ The Trip to Greece ,” opening Friday on video on demand and some theaters , the preening Coogan and laissez-faire Brydon, playing slightly exaggerated versions of themselves, come to the end of their decade-long series of gastronomic excursions. The structure is familiar: They drive through breathtaking scenery on their way to multi-star restaurants and hotels, peppering their conversations with bon mots, celebrity impersonations and insults.

Only this time, the director Michael Winterbottom has given the men six days to retrace Odysseus’ 10-year journey from Troy to Ithaca, while finding their own ways back home.

In a Zoom session from his house in Sussex, England, a mustachioed Coogan, 54 — who in real-life received two Oscar nominations for “Philomena” (2013) along with those seven Baftas — spoke about staying relevant in middle age, imagining where his character winds up, and quarantining with his 23-year-old daughter, Clare, and her boyfriend.

“I’m just this kind of slightly annoying dad that comes in and goes, ‘What are you guys doing?’” he said, with a flash of goofy laughter. There wasn’t a Bafta in sight.

These are edited excerpts from our conversation.

How have you been coping during quarantine?

I’m lucky that I’m in lockdown with my daughter, who’s just a fantastic cook. Each night I go, “Oh my God, this is the best thing I’ve ever tasted in my life.” And I’ve been writing a lot, because that’s one thing that we are still able to do. We already isolated ourselves.

What have you been churning out?

I’m a bigamist writer; I’ve got various partners. I’m writing a post-woke comedy-drama — a sort of romance, really — with a female writer in L.A. We’re navigating the rocks of the new sexual political landscape, shall we say. I’ve also written a drama about a hippie commune in Wales in 1969. And Jeff Pope and I wrote about the woman who found the body of Richard III in a car park. This is the third screenplay we’ve written since “Philomena,” and it’s quite odd that two middle-age men write stories about female empowerment. [Laughs] We’re desperately trying to hang on by writing things that are proper, modern.

I’ll write another Alan Partridge , too [a reference to his vain talk-show host character]. It’s nice to do stuff that’s pure comedy because then when you write it, you laugh a lot. And when you laugh, it releases endorphins — or is it serotonin? Pleasure chemicals, I get them confused. [It’s endorphins.] But anyway, it makes you feel good.

With “The Trip” movies, you’ve eaten and written your way through northern England, Italy and Spain. How did you, Rob and Michael decide that Greece would be your last adventure?

Four felt right. And Greece, it was a classic. The Greek philosophy and mythology lent themselves to this huge, contemplative quality, and having me returning home and mimicking Homer’s “Odyssey” to this sort of conclusiveness. We also felt on a level, “Let’s quit while they’re still good.” That’s not saying we’d never do another one, but it feels like we should wait. Right now our thing is middle-age angst, but pretty soon it will just be old-man angst.

These movies are a showcase for Steve’s attempts at erudition. Do you actually have all that knowledge rattling around in your head?

I do prep work, but I’m naturally curious. I had a quite good education, I would say. I went to a Catholic school, which in this country was a bit like a free private education. The curse is, if you’re from very humble origins and you haven’t had a good education, you don’t know what you don’t know. Then if you’re half well-educated, the curse is that you’re aware of the knowledge you don’t have. That’s what I felt I was. In answer to that, I love to learn.

So yes, I do my homework. Rob doesn’t do his homework, but that’s almost deliberate, because he can trivialize my quest for the truth, as it were.

This time around, Steve’s father is seriously ill. You lost your own father two years ago. What was it like tapping into such personal memories?

Funnily enough, I did a version where I was very emotional. I wept as I would when I re-emulated some of those scenes. Then Michael wanted me to do it again and just hold it all back. I think it’s probably better for that, because audiences don’t like completely candid displays of emotion, whether happiness or sadness. Audiences like to look for stuff. And painful stuff is where you find good art, I suppose. Otherwise you end up with some vanilla-flavored mediocrity.

What misconception might viewers of “The Trip” have about you?

I’m not quite as precious as I come across. But there’s certainly a lot of truth in it as well.

Onscreen, Steve grapples with relevancy in middle age. And offscreen?

Right now I’m probably the happiest I’ve been — with the proviso that there’s no such thing as a state of big happiness. I’d like to work a bit less, to be honest. But I’m grateful that I’m able to make creative choices based purely on whether I believe in the thing I’m doing. Also, weirdly, this lockdown meant that I discovered a parallel universe in my daughter that I hadn’t really been aware of before, because I’ve not spent this long with her since she was a child. That’s a kind of strange blessing.

What life do you imagine for Steve now that his journey has ended?

When I shot that scene of going home, it felt strangely poignant — almost as if, I said to Rob afterward, I got dementia in my old age, I might imagine that that was my life. It felt real. And in my head I suppose it plays out that he does come home, he does return to the stability of those people that love him. Craving the stability more than the excitement of being rootless, of being nomadic. Yeah, it’s a funny little thing, playing a version of yourself.

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Part of the appeal of travel movies and shows is the way they let the audience travel vicariously. At its best, travel entertainment can be educational, teaching viewers about places they haven’t been and cultures that might be foreign to them. But an undeniable draw is still the chance to admire beautiful scenery and plan to go there someday — or at least feel like you’re there, now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made leaving home such a safety risk. One travel series may actually help curb that sense of wanderlust, though: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s The Trip .

The two actors, playing exaggerated versions of themselves, have now starred in four Trip movies, each edited together from six-episode TV series. 2010’s The Trip took them around the north of England, while 2014’s The Trip to Italy , 2017’s The Trip to Spain , and the new and final installment, The Trip to Greece , all have self-explanatory names. On each trip, Coogan and Brydon take a restaurant tour, passing through beautiful scenery and dining on mouth-watering food. If anything, the series should make travel irresistible.

But Coogan, Brydon, and director Michael Winterbottom actually pull off something more impressive: They make the trips seem fun, but also sad, frustrating, and even lonely. Traveling doesn’t solve the problems Coogan and Brydon are dealing with in their home lives. A vacation may be an attempt to take a break from personal issues, but there’s no way to completely leave them behind. Their troubles may be worlds away from viewers’, as their lives as successful actors are hardly normal, but they become accessible through their open portrayals. The honesty Winterbottom captures about the problems of celebrities — who should theoretically be so well off that they wouldn’t have a care in the world — and their more domestic worries, such as providing for their families or finding work, aren’t that far removed from the average person’s concerns.

The most commonly referenced element of the Trip movies are Coogan and Brydon’s dueling impressions of figures ranging from Michael Caine to the Batman villain Bane. However, Winterbottom also uses these trips to dig deeper, using the two actors’ journeys through historical landmarks as a pretext for them to interrogate their own mortality. Coogan is unmarried and free to become romantically entangled abroad (he’s seen both attempting to and succeeding in currying the favor of women he meets), but he struggles to connect with his children and to combat feelings of impermanence. Brydon is happily married, and can’t go as wild as Coogan does while traveling, but he has an anchor in his family.

The two of them also want to be taken more seriously, not just seen as comedians. As they travel, they deal with that desire in different ways. Coogan constantly refers to his Oscar-nominated script for the 2013 film Philomena to prove his success, but finds that nobody cares much about it. His profile hasn’t risen much at all in the seven years since that movie: His calls to his agent about new work get redirected to an assistant. Brydon, who hasn’t done as much dramatic work, reassures himself with the fact that he’s achieved stability, and that his legacy will be carried on through his children. Under Winterbottom’s direction, the pair’s comic stylings often give way to such introspection, and moments of silence and solitude.

Even though they’re on the most marvelous trips imaginable, it’s clear that scenic vistas and haute cuisine alone aren’t enough to make Coogan and Brydon feel fulfilled. Their problems don’t magically go away because they’re abroad, and though they get along, they sometimes bristle at each other, too, as is almost inevitable when traveling with company. (For a more explicit, condensed version of the lessons they’re expressing, try the recent Saturday Night Live sketch where Adam Sandler plays an exhausted tour-company host: “If you’re sad where you are, and then you get on a plane to Italy, the you in Italy will be the same sad you from before, just in a new place.”)

Watching the movies is a delight, though. Each installment of the series feels like checking in on old friends, if your old friends were two of the sharpest comedians alive. The rapport between Coogan and Brydon is so genuine — they’re already so invested in each other — that the audience becomes a third guest on the trips rather than a voyeur. That feeling of inclusion and closeness makes the usual vicarious experience of a travel series even more potent. During a global pandemic, however, that ability to travel along with the hosts is a blessing for a different reason.

As appealing as being anywhere but home might seem right now, it’s reassuring to remember that traveling has its ups and downs, too. The Trip movies capture that balance through the (new and pre-existing) crises that the fictionalized versions of Coogan and Brydon experience. Winterbottom never goes so far as to make traveling seem abjectly awful — who wouldn’t want to escape to a beach right now, if it could be done safely? — but he makes it clear that no getaway will be completely perfect, either. As the wait for a coronavirus vaccine stretches on, the reminder that something that seems like a perfect reprieve has its flaws, too, comes as a relief.

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When Steve Coogan (24 Hour Party People, Tropic Thunder) is asked by the Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon (A Cock and Bull Story). As the brilliant comic duo, free styling with flair, drive each other mad with constant competition and showdowns of competing impressions of famous celebrities, the ultimate odd couple realize in the end a rich amount about not only good food, but the nature of fame, relationships and their own lives.

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  • Director ‏ : ‎ Michael Winterbottom
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  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 1 hour and 52 minutes
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ October 11, 2011
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Steve Coogan, Robert Brydon, Rob Brydon, Claire Keelan, Margo Stilley
  • Producers ‏ : ‎ Melissa Parmenter, Andrew Eaton
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Though I’ve long been a fan of the Trip films, I was not prepared to get emotional over the announcement of a new one. Learning of the impending May release of The Trip to Greece — the fourth and final entry in the series that follows British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing fictional versions of themselves, as they travel lovely roads, eat lovely meals, and do lovely impressions, all the while hilariously sniping at each other over personal and professional matters — led to some complicated feelings. Here was a movie about all the things we can’t do right now, not that most of us could ever really do them: Go for a long car ride in another country with a friend-colleague-rival (at least, that’s how Coogan and Brydon present themselves in these efforts), stay in a hotel, eat in a nice restaurant, and then move on to the next location.

The films, directed and conceived by Michael Winterbottom and partly improvised by Coogan and Brydon, aren’t indulgent wallows in food and privilege, however: Through the heightened, fictionalized portraits of Coogan and Brydon’s petty professional jealousies, they also interrogate the cocoon of celebrity culture. We always get the sense that reality is slowly catching up to these gents. Never has this been truer than in 2020’s The Trip to Greece , which alongside the impressions and the bickering and the delicious meals, finds Coogan and Brydon confronting the agony of the refugee crisis, as well as personal loss in their own lives. (The films all start off airing in longer series form in Britain, and Greece premiered on TV in the U.K. in February.) But for all the darkness, it still manages to be quite charming.

Coogan and Brydon have always been upfront about the fact that the two men presented onscreen are not really their true selves. (They’ve been outfitted with different families, for starters.) But when I get them together for a Zoom one dreary March morning, they slip right into (gently, collegially, lovingly) taking the piss out of each other. Brydon is at home in London. Coogan is at home in Essex, behind him a monitor displaying footage from a series of security cameras, a fact that Brydon does not leave unmentioned.  Brydon is late to our chat; Coogan has noticed …

Hi, Rob. Rob Brydon: Hi, so sorry. I totally forgot.

Steve Coogan: Well, that doesn’t entirely surprise me.

RB: It’s very hard to remember things, I find, at the moment.

SC: Because you’re rushed off your feet, are you? [ Laughs. ]

RB: There’s an interesting thing here. I’ve got an 11-year-old and an 8-year-old, and I think the experience at the moment of people who have young children is very different from the experience of the people who don’t. The people who don’t are watching films, reading books, it’s rather lovely.

SC: I don’t envy you. I’m being facetious. But can you go out?

RB: We go out once a day. One day we do a walk, the other day we do a bike ride. But we don’t come into contact with anyone. We’ve got a big garden, so we can be in that.

SC: You can’t cycle around your garden, can you?

RB: No, no, we cycle the streets. You can cycle the streets as long as you don’t come into contact.

SC: Isn’t that a bit hazardous?

RB: No, because the roads are so quiet.

How are you guys holding up? What the hell is life like for you? RB: Are you alright, Steve? Are you okay?

SC: I am okay. I’m here with my daughter and her boyfriend. Just the three of us. They’re obviously quite happy with each other, and I just kind of hang out with them saying, “What are you guys doing?,” which is slightly awkward. I think they’d be fine without me here, but I’m not sure I’d be fine without them here. So, I’ve been doing that and, you know, going for runs, and Skype writing because that’s what I was doing anyway. I’m carrying on with that, and trying to imagine somehow that the things I write might still somehow be relevant in a post-corona world. I think anyone who’s pitching anything or making anything after this will claim that it’s somehow relevant to coronavirus, whatever it is. But I’m very fortunate. I did some shopping for some people, locally, and the woman asked, “Do you want some money?” And I said, “No, that’s fine. Just make some contribution to some charity.” And my writing partner said, “What you really said was, ‘Just make sure you tell people about it.’” [ Laughs. ] Which I’m doing now.

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RB: You know what I would love now is if that as we’re doing this we see behind you, Steve, people breaking into your house and stealing your stuff on the screen, while you’re talking, unaware of what’s going on.

SC: [ Glances behind him. ] Security cameras! And I’m claiming that I care about the local community.

RB: [ Laughs. ] Like a little old woman … [ inaudible ].

You broke up a little bit there, Rob. RB: It doesn’t bear repeating.

SC: Oh, come on, I like it when you’re forced to repeat a punchline after the moment’s gone.

I know a lot of people thought they’d have more time to read, and do other things, but what they’re discovering is they can’t focus on anything, due to the anxiety and stress. SC: I think people are still in a state of shock. Because it all happened rather quickly. But when people adjust to the new reality that’s going to be here for at least a few months …

RB: I’ve actually been reading Alan Bennett’s diaries again. I find those incredibly calming and relaxing, this really lovely ordered world.

SC: I watched Brief Encounter the other day, which was really, really wonderful.

RB: I bet it moves nice and slowly. We showed the boys The Great Escape and really enjoyed it.

SC: It’s great when you can enjoy things vicariously a second time around through your children. Having said that, I just got through the second season of El Chapo and I’m looking forward to the third.

Before watching Trip to Greece this weekend, I rewatched all three previous Trip movies. I started with The Trip to Spain , and there’s that moment early on, where you’re at a restaurant, sitting outside, and it starts to rain and everybody crowds inside. It’s the kind of annoying little thing that everyone has probably experienced at some point in their lives. And yet, I started tearing up watching it, because here was this incredibly common human moment that I can’t have right now. And who knows when I’ll ever get to have it. I was surprised at how it struck me. SC: Wow. When people come out of prison they often talk about the visceral pleasure of feeling rain.

RB: I’ve been seeing lots of things like that at the moment. I see something on television or a film, and I see people meeting somewhere, and think, Wow, that’ll be nice to be able to do that again.

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I found The Trip to Greece to be quite poignant. It does seem like the saddest entry in the series. We get this sense that reality is catching up to you guys. SC: What Michael [Winterbottom] does with Rob and I is that whatever peccadillos or idiosyncrasies we have, we just sort of build on them. Because he’s middle-aged like we’re middle-aged, so he just addresses those things. What’s the word? It takes the curse off these things. When we talk about these things, or laugh at these things, they suddenly become diminished. These big questions — the anxiety of life — become somehow just put in a box. And if you make art out of it … What’s that Nora Ephron line? “Everything is copy.”

RB: Oh, you’re speaking of Nora Ephron. You know in The Trip to Greece where I say, “I did a Skype audition,” that was for Nancy Meyers.

SC: Oh, yes, Nancy. I auditioned for her.

RB: Yeah, me too. I didn’t get it.

SC: I didn’t get it either. I auditioned for The Holiday , and she said I wasn’t sexy enough.

RB: I didn’t audition for that. No, this was a little thing. But it was very funny because she was very flattering, and of course I’m very good with flattery. I respond very well to it. And then I did my bit, and of course didn’t get it.

SC: So, basically, you peaked at the small talk.

RB: Yeah! I think I’m good at that. I very rarely get a part that I audition for.

SC: I’m the same. I remember once this director said, “Can you stop saying the name of the character when you talk about it and just say ‘I’?” Right? So when I’m writing Alan Partridge, I say, “Alan does this, and Alan does that.” I don’t say “ I do this,” you know. I just say, “Alan.” And I was talking about a part with this director, saying “he,” referring to the character. “ He does this and then I think he does this,” and [the director] says, “Can you stop saying ‘he’ and say ‘I’, I think it will help you.” And I found myself saying, “Fuck off.” That’s why auditioning doesn’t go well for Rob or, I’d say, me.

Do you ever hear from chefs who felt they or their food were portrayed unfairly on the show? SC: I was at L’Enclume only two months ago. L’Enclume is in the first Trip , in the Lake District, not far from me. I went there for dinner, and the chef, Simon Rogan, who’s very much a respected Michelin star chef, came up and went, “Hey, how are you?” And it was all very friendly, but he still mentioned Ray Winstone’s snot. I don’t know if that’s in the film version [or only in the BBC series version], but there’s this one particular dish that had a green liquid in it that looked a bit like — and I don’t know how we arrived at this, I can’t remember — but I do remember that I compared it to Ray Winstone as a gangster forcing someone to eat his mucus. And for Simon Rogan, the chef … I mean this was ten years ago and whenever I see him he still brings it up in conversation. You know, we were very, very nice, and very complimentary, but it’s funny that that’s the thing that sticks in his mind about the show.

RB: We just praise the food because it’s always very nice, although I’m often not paying that much attention to it. People often say to me, “Which is the best food?” I’m just thinking, What am I going to say next? I’m trying to be inventive and creative. What I do remember are the meals we would eat in the evenings when we weren’t filming.

SC: Yeah. Do you remember, Rob, I think one of the most pleasurable meals we had was in King’s Landing. I think it was the Angel Pub in Yorkshire, and it was fried breakfast, after we had been to Bolton Abbey …

RB: It was simple ingredients.

SC: Yeah, but not the normal simple ingredients. There weren’t fresh, clean ingredients. It was a fried breakfast. It was egg, bacon, sausage, tomato, beans.

RB: But done beautifully.

SC: I remember sitting outside that pub by the road and thinking that was lovely, just … yeah. I’d go back there, you know. I’d go back there.

RB: Well, I went back to Holbeck Ghyll, which is in the Lake District, with my wife and my two younger children …

SC: Did they sit you by the window?

RB: I think, yes, we sat in the same seat, and I felt like the returning hero, and I thought, Surely we’re not going to be charged for this meal . But we were.

SC: You know what, Rob, you say that, but I have to say I have been back there several times, and my brother-in-law and my sister who both are very normal people who work in the public sector helping people with special needs, I told the proprietor and they stayed there for three nights, having Michelin-star dinners every night, and the whole thing was free.

RB: And yet one-half of the original team who made that thing has to pay. Where’s the fairness? [ Laughs. ]

SC: I think that it’s basically socialism in action. Those who can afford it pay. Those who can’t are subsidized. That’s fair. That’s my political worldview in action. So, it was right that you were charged.

RB: I’m struggling with it. A discount would have been something.

How often do you hear back from the subjects of your impressions? RB: We did a thing with Michael Caine at the Albert Hall, and he was very nice. You can see it . Anthony Hopkins I met in Los Angeles and he said, [ does an Anthony Hopkins voice ] “I loved The Trip. Loved The Trip .” This was after we’d done the first one and the Italian one hadn’t come out. And I said, “Well, in this new one, the Italian one, we’re on a yacht and we do you in The Bounty .” And he started doing it! He started going, “Turn your back away, Mr. Fryer!” And then I was doing it back to him. We were in a car and I got rather giddy. Hopkins! Hopkins occupies a sort of Brando-like position in the business. I think he is the equal of any actor, if you look at what he has put onscreen and onstage. And there he was, and he was doing it, you know, right next to me. And I’m doing it back at him! It was all I could do not to cry. It was quite overwhelming.

SC: Gosh, yeah … I’m quite envious of that.

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Has anybody you’ve done impressions of reacted negatively? RB: I don’t think so. I think most people are flattered by it.

SC: Oh, me! That’s me. When you do me. I react slightly negatively.

RB: I do Steve Coogan and he’s a prickly customer. He doesn’t like it.

SC: [ Laughs. ] Probably the most negative reaction is me when he does me. That’s the truth, yeah. I do find it a little bit uncomfortable when he does it. You know how some people don’t like it when you take photographs of them, because they think you’re taking their soul? I feel like somehow it’s distilling some DNA, like a little bit of witchcraft. There’s something discombobulating about it. I don’t think it’s quite me, but there’s a certain familiarity about it. It’s reductive, that’s what it is. Because I think what I do is quite interesting, and if you do it, it’s almost like you can sort of bottle it and sell it in Boots, and that worries me, you know.

RB: And he’s telling the truth when he says that.

SC: Yes, yes. Yes. [ Laughs. ]

Rob, I hear that you declined to meet Al Pacino once. RB: Yeah, that is true. I was doing The Huntsman: Winter’s War . A big hit. It exploded at the box office. It bombed. And I played a dwarf. Great fun. And Jessica Chastain was on it, and one weekend she said, “Al is in town. We’re going to meet up for drinks. Do you want to come?” Now, I had a school event on, so I had to go to some parents’ thing. I could have got out of it, but I chose not to because I thought, Well, what’s going to happen? I’ve ended up meeting a lot of my acting and musical heroes, but there are some then who I think … Well, I’ve already got a great relationship with Al Pacino in my head, you know? So let’s just leave it at that.

Both of you have done work over the years that blurs the line between reality and fiction, but with the first Trip , was there any kind of adjustment, in that you really were playing these versions of yourselves? Was there a question of how much reality to put in? SC: I remember having a chat with Rob and saying, “Let’s risk offending each other and not take it personally, to try and find funny things.” I don’t know that we actually shook hands. And that pretty much worked, I think, 95 percent of the time. I got tetchy sometimes, but by and large that held, that sort of gentleman’s ribbing.

RB: The difference with the first one, from my perspective, was that it was very new, and we were going into it thinking, Well, what is this? You know, because Michael [Winterbottom]’s pitch was as a series initially, although he was saying he was going to make a film. It was six half-hours. And I remember thinking, How on Earth can we improvise enough good stuff for six half-hours? I was convinced we wouldn’t. The thing that surprised me about the first one when I watched it was the melancholy. We were traveling home every weekend, because it was done in Britain, and I’d come home and say to my wife, “Oh yeah, Steve was very funny, we did some very funny stuff.” But of course I wasn’t aware of the way Michael was shooting it, and the music he was going to put on it, and the long, slow shots. And that’s part of its success: You’ve got us two who, broadly speaking, follow traditional comic instincts and timings, and then you’ve got Michael who is a very un-manipulative filmmaker. He just wants to tell the story. Just, blomp , there it is, there’s the story. There are often times where I think, “Well, why didn’t you cut here, or cut a bit sooner on the joke?” But it was better that he didn’t, because it made it very individual.

SC: I agree with Rob there. And in fact I think Rob and I were sort of trying to get involved with Michael in the process in the first Trip , and then after that we just didn’t bother anymore.

RB: Futile, futile.

SC: Pointless! Pointless! And a waste of energy because Michael’s very good at what he does. These films are Michael Winterbottom films, and we’re just in them doing stuff.

Rob, I remember a story you told about how in The Trip to Italy , after you had the affair with the deckhand, your wife was hearing from people the next day saying, “Oh my God, I’m so sorry this happened.” RB: Yeah, she was taking the boys to school, and a teacher came up, put a hand on her shoulder, and said, “This must be a very difficult time for you.”

SC: That is very worrying that your kids were going to a school where a teacher can’t make that distinction.

RB: A state school. It’s more of a commune, really.

SC: What’s funny is if you say things that are self-critical or portray yourself in that negative light, as we do in The Trip , it sort of it nixes those who ought to say things like “In reality,” because you think, what can they say? Not only have I criticized myself, I’ve turned it into something creative and helped pay the rent with it.

RB: I always find it very funny that some people watch it and take it simply as a reality show, as if literally he’s just following us around and these things are really happening.

SC: I mean, while we’re having dinner, you think that might be real. But when I sleep with the receptionist at the hotel, how they think I allowed a film crew into the bedroom to —

RB: How she allowed you into the bedroom, I think would be the …

SC: Well, that’s more believable.

I think part of it is that reality TV has trained people to accept these things as real. Because that sort of thing would happen on, you know, The Real World . SC: That’s very true. This is such a weird hybrid.

RB: I can’t speak for Steve here, but I don’t really watch those programs because I’m a bit of a snob.

SC: Yeah. But I do.

It’s a bit of a reality series, but it’s also something of a movie franchise. For people like me, you know, The Trip is almost our version of a superhero franchise. There’s something familiar about it, there’s the template, but then the variations are what make it fun. And you guys are ending it right around the time The Avengers and Star Wars are sort of ending as well. RB: It’s our Endgame , yeah.

SC: We’re superheroes for middle-aged, middle-class, white professionals.

Part Two of this interview will run next month. The Trip to Greece will be available in the U.S. on May 22, 2020. The previous Trip films are currently streaming on IFC Films Unlimited.

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Review: Third installment of Steve Coogan’s ‘Trip’ movies a pleasure, even if uneven

“The Trip to Spain” was directed by Michael Winterbottom and is based on a BBC series in which British actors Coogan and Rob Brydon travel through England (“The Trip,” 2010), Italy (“The Trip to Italy,” 2014) and now Spain. Rating: 3 stars out of 4.

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At one point in “The Trip to Spain,” Rob Brydon, at a restaurant table in Spain, imitates Mick Jagger imitating Rob Brydon imitating Michael Caine. (I’ll pause for you to catch up with that sentence. All good now?) And then Steve Coogan jumps in, imitating Brydon imitating Jagger imitating Brydon imitating Caine, throwing in a head-jerking, peacocky move and a puffed-out penguin chest and a weird little airborne clap, and all you can think is, a) yes, that is exactly what Mick Jagger sounds like, and b) I wish I were at that table.

That’s the pleasure of the uneven but enjoyable “Trip” movies, of which this is the third installment: For better or worse, it’s almost like being at that table. Directed by Michael Winterbottom (“In This World,” “Tristram Shandy,” “A Mighty Heart”), this trio is perhaps filmdom’s oddest franchise: It’s based on a BBC series in which British actors Brydon and Coogan — playing characters who happen to be British actors named Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan — travel through England (“The Trip,” 2010), Italy (“ The Trip to Italy ,” 2014) and now Spain; they dine in lovely restaurants, stay in beautiful hotels and, mostly, sit around doing impressions between bites.

If this sounds like a rather weak hook to hang an entire movie on, well, I won’t argue: The “Trip” movies, like the anchovies Coogan and Brydon happily devour, aren’t to everyone’s taste. This installment, despite a fair bit of bittersweet musing about middle age (noting that they are now ripe fruit, one wonders “Is it better to be plucked, or to drop?”) and some amusing allusions to “Don Quixote,” is as plotless as ever, and the cooking/food shots still seem like outtakes from a promotional travel video. (This leaves much time for pondering the fact that the older Brydon gets, the more he looks and sounds like Hugh Grant. Could Grant please join them for the next outing?)

Movie Review ★★★  

‘The Trip to Spain,’ with Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. 108 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences (contains strong language). SIFF Cinema Uptown.

But oh, those impressions, which this time include Brando, John Hurt, Ian McKellen, Bogart, Woody Allen, Anthony Hopkins and a truly fabulous “Stones doing Shakespeare” bit, in case you’ve ever wondered what Mick Jagger’s Hamlet might sound like. I hadn’t; turns out, I was missing something.

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‘The Trip to Greece’ Is the Last ‘Trip’ Film. But It Shouldn’t Be (Column)

By Owen Gleiberman

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I’m an unabashed fan of “The Trip” and its three sequels. They’re the British talk-verité road comedies in which Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon , playing heightened versions of their quicksilver acid-tongued middle-aged selves, drive around some lovely European country (England, Italy, Spain, Greece), stopping for lavish lunches at Michelin-star restaurants as they slice and dice each other’s egos with the quippiest of thoughts — a one-upmanship game between frenemies that periodically bursts out into their dueling impersonations of some legendary movie star. (The most hilarious was Michael Caine. They’ve also done indelible takeoffs on Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Sean Connery, Woody Allen and Hugh Grant.)

It’s hard to pinpoint what it is that gives the “Trip” movies their special tang, but the whole rapid-fire competitive banter of Coogan and Brydon, most of which they make up on the spot, reminds me of the razzing prankishness of “A Hard Day’s Night” with a touch of the conversational enchantment of “My Dinner with Andre.” These are comedies to take seriously (though not too seriously). They’re also dramas to take lightly.

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And now, it seems, they’re going to be missed.

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With the release, on May 22, of “The Trip to Greece,” Coogan, Brydon and their director, Michael Winterbottom , have announced that they’re packing it in. There will be no more “Trip” movies — at least, for a good long time. Each of the four films, going back to “The Trip” in 2010, was carved out of a six-episode BBC series (each series, in total, is about one-and-a-half times longer than the film it was whittled down to). To do another movie, they would need, theoretically, to do another series, and that’s not in the cards.

Yet I think that letting go of the films now is a mistake. Sure, you could make a case (as I have) that the “Trip” films are kind of running out of tricks, that we’ve seen Coogan and Brydon do even their mightiest impersonations once too often, and that the wistful grace notes of all-the-world’s-a-stage melancholy that give the series its soul were there from the beginning, so there’s no real point in trying to “deepen” the material. It’s already about as deep as it’s going to get.

“The Trip to Greece,” however, falls way too short of being the grand finale this series deserves. You could say that they’re going out humbly, without fanfare (and without any risk of jumping the shark), and that that’s a good thing. It’s also trés British. But here’s why Coogan and Brydon should consider one more go-round, and here’s a suggestion of what, exactly, I think it should be.

“The Trip to Greece” wasn’t an ending, it was just a stop.

The new movie takes pains to have a dark undercurrent or two, especially after Coogan learns that his father has been taken ill. Yet even this sets up what is less a closing note than a kind of spiritual cliffhanger: What’s Coogan going to do when his vanity comes up against mortality? A great question, but it’s never answered.

For a series that is this fixated on American movie stardom, it needs to get out of its Euro comfort zone.

The “Trip” films are epicurean buddy-movie travelogues that might have been bankrolled by the European tourism industry. Each one, among other things, is a tossed-off advertisement for the glories of landscape, cuisine, history. The documentary shots of food being prepared in restaurant kitchens — we tend to see a dish tossed in a smoking pan just before it’s served to our heroes — are like privileged glimpses of ancient trade secrets. It’s all very luscious and Continental. So where would they go next — to France? Sweden? Germany? Ireland? No way. That formula really is spent. As a result, I think it’s finally time that Coogan and Brydon journeyed to the belly of the beast. The fifth and final “Trip” film should be….

“The Trip to California.” The two would start in the Pacific Northwest, drive down through San Francisco along the Pacific Coast Highway, and end up — of course — in Los Angeles, where they can finally confront the place that’s been the source of so many of their dreams.

They need to try out some radical new impressions.

In every “Trip” sequel, there are golden oldies — a touch of Pacino, a mumbled snippet of Tom Hardy — and at least one great new one, like the Dustin Hoffman-and-Laurence-Olivier-in-“Marathon-Man” set piece that’s the funniest sequence in “The Trip to Greece.” Yet as much as I adore these flashbacks to the ’70s, there’s a whole new world out there waiting to be mimicked into oblivion, and these are the guys to do it, even if Coogan now claims he couldn’t care less about being an impressionist. (Maybe so, but he’s so great at it that that’s just his version of every comedian wanting to play Hamlet.) The two could do Brad Pitt, John Travolta, Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Quentin Tarantino…the sky of empathetic ridicule is the limit. “The Trip to California” should be the Coogan-and-Brydon celebrity roast to end all celebrity roasts.

They need face-to-face encounters with one or two of their prime targets.

This may sound like it edges into shark-jumping terrain, but how perfect would it be if, in the final “Trip” film, they actually ran into Michael Caine — and wound up conducting a three-way Caine dialogue with him? Or if they did the same thing with Pacino? The last “Trip” film should arrive at a delirious funhouse-mirror satirical high, leaving us with a sensation of deliverance. A scene like that would do that trick.

The film should be a light-handed meditation on comedy and acting.

We’ve heard enough, in bits and pieces, about Coogan and Brydon’s personal lives to kind of know who they are. But what is it that drives them, in their hidden hearts, as actor-comedians who emerged from a culture — England’s — where acting is part of the spiritual-behavioral lifeblood? In “The Trip to California,” their six-day trip should culminate in a joint appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that’s as rivetingly funny and drop-dead revealing, in its way, as the talk-show climax of “Joker.” (They could meet Michael Caine there!) All of which is to say…

“The Trip to California” should be a heady celebration of showbiz.

Where, in Hollywood, does fantasy end and reality begin? And where is that line in these two men’s souls, as they play themselves in a series of movies where every moment is “real” and every moment is a performance? “The Trip to California” should end the series by going out with a big bang of meta hilarity. We, along with Coogan and Brydon, deserve nothing less.

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For quite some time, there have been actors who not only bring movies to life by acting on the big screen but also play a major role in crafting the stories. Over the years, multiple Best Picture winners have been written by talented thespians, who also happen to be accomplished wordsmiths. From stars who've pieced together films that would earn them their first Academy Award nominations to those penning passion projects, here are 32 successful actors who are also hit screenwriters.

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Ben Affleck

In early 1998, Ben Affleck became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood after he and Matt Damon won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting . The movie made the longtime friends -- who didn't always work together -- into overnight sensations. Since then, he’s written four additional films: Gone Baby Gone , Live by Night , The Town and The Last Duel , which he co-wrote with Damon.

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As mentioned, Matt Damon took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting in 1998. The movie, of course, also featured his Academy Award-worthy performance as a troubled young genius. Since then, he’s co-written two additional Gus Van Sant-directed scripts – Gerry in 2002, Promised Land in 2012 – as well as the Ridley Scott historical epic, The Last Duel , which he penned with Ben Affleck .

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Jordan Peele

After finding success with Key & Peele , Jordan Peele turned to more behind-the-scenes work, serving as both a director and screenwriter. From his 2016 comedy, Keanu to 2022’s Nope and Wendell & Wild , Peele has cemented his legacy as one of the strongest voices in Hollywood. He won an Oscar for his Get Out screenplay in 2018 and produced two of the best horror movies in recent memory: Us and Candyman .

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Tina Fey will forever be remembered as one of the best Saturday Night Live cast members, and that experience allowed her to fine-tune her writing and acting skills. In addition to starring in movies like Baby Mama , Date Night and Muppets Most Wanted , Fey famously wrote the screenplay for Mean Girls , which is one of the best movies of the 2000s .

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Sylvester Stallone

A handful of the best action movies of all time were written by none other than Sylvester Stallone , who has flexed his muscles in front of the camera and behind the scenes. All of the Rocky films (as well as Creed II ) were written by Stallone, as were the Rambo flicks and pretty much most of his best big-screen ventures.

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George Clooney

George Clooney has plenty of notable movies like Ocean’s Eleven , Syriana , Michael Clayton and even the over-the-top Batman & Robin . But the Academy Award-winning actor has also penned quite a few screenplays over the years, including the ones for Good Night, and Good Luck , The Ides of March , Leatherheads , The Monuments Men and Suburbicon .


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Kristen Wiig

Two of the funniest movies of the past decade-and-a-half – Bridesmaids and Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar – not only featured the Saturday Night Live legend Kristen Wiig's on-screen talents, they were also co-written by the actress. And penning those screenplays alongside her was co-star Annie Mumolo.

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Tyler Perry

In addition to being a committed philanthropist and all-around great guy, Tyler Perry is also an incredibly successful actor, movie producer, and screenwriter. Throughout his career, Perry has written multiple entries in the Madea film franchise as well as other films like A Jazzman’s Blues , Acrimony , and Why Did I Get Married? , to name a few.

Greta Gerwig in Frances Ha.

Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig has become famous for her Barbie screenplay (which was co-written by Noah Baumbach), but that's only one of the great scripts written by the talented actress. In addition to starring in several dozen movies over the years, Gerwig also penned modern gems like Frances Ha , Lady Bird , Mistress America and Little Women .

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

In addition to being a talented actress with multiple scene-stealing performances in movies like Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and Solo: A Star Wars Story , Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a talented writer. She created and penned the shows Fleabag and Killing Eve and received a partial writing credit for her contributions on No Time to Die .

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Justin Theroux

Throughout his career, Justin Theroux has starred in movies like Mulholland Drive , Miami Vice and American Psycho . However, he also has some impressive screenwriting credits to his name. With work on Iron Man 2 , Tropic Thunder , Rock of Ages and Zoolander 2 , he has quite the body of work.

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Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is an actress with a great filmography, through which she's worked both in front of and behind the camera. In fact, Thompson has Academy Awards for  Best Actress (for Howards End ) and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Sense and Sensibility ). She’s also penned movies like Bridget Jones’s Baby , Last Christmas and the Nanny McPhee films.

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Billy Bob Thornton 

Billy Bob Thornton is another actor who has won an Academy Award for writing, having scored a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his work on Sling Blade , which he also starred in and directed. Over the years, some of Thornton's best movies -- like One False Move , A Family Thing , The Gift and Daddy and Them were also written by the actor himself.

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Emerald Fennell 

After finding success with acting roles in movies like Albert Nobbs , Anna Karenina and The Danish Girl , as well as shows like Call the Midwife and The Crown , Emerald Fennell turned her attention to writing and directing. Her feature film debut, Promising Young Woman , earned her a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. She also crafted the script for the drama film Saltburn .

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Tom Hanks 

Tom Hanks is another Oscar winner with a number of screenwriting credits to his name. In addition to leading some of the best movies of all time, Hanks has also penned the screenplays for That Thing You Do , Larry Crowne and the 2020 World War II thriller Greyhound .

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Kumail Nanjiani 

Kumail Nanjiani has starred in all kinds of movies over the years, with Eternals , Stuber and The Lovebirds being just a few of them. But Nanjiani also wrote the screenplay for The Big Sick , the 2018 romantic comedy inspired by the battles he and wife Emily V. Gordon faced early in their relationship.

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Paul Rudd 

Paul Rudd not only starred in one of the best Marvel movies such as Ant-Man , he was also one the writers given credit for its screenplay (alongside Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, and Adam McKay). But that wasn’t his first or last script, as Rudd contributed to Role Models and Ant-Man and the Wasp .

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Ethan Hawke 

Throughout his career, Ethan Hawke has starred in movies like Reality Bites , Boyhood , First Reformed and The Black Phone , among many others. However, the actor has also written his fair share of screenplays as well, with everything from the second and third installments in the Before film franchise to the gripping biopic Blaze featuring his handiwork. 

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 Angelina Jolie 

Over the years, Angelina Jolie has become an instantly recognizable face and name thanks to a number of wonderful performances. The actress has also a few screenwriting credits, including In the Land of Blood and Honey , First They Killed My Father and By the Sea .

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Kenneth Branagh 

To some Kenneth Branagh is arguably better known as a screenwriter than actor. That's because he won Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the semi autobiographical coming-of-age drama Belfast and received a nomination for his adaptation of Hamlet back in 1995. The Christopher Nolan collaborator has also written other films like Much Ado About Nothing , In the Bleak Midwinter , Listening and The Magic Flute .

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Steve Coogan 

Steve Coogan is famous for his performances in the Night at the Museum movies, Tropic Thunder , 24 Hour Party People , and The Trip , but he’s also a talented writer. Over the years, Coogan has written movies like Philomena , The Lost King , The Parole Officer and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa .

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Sarah Polley 

After making a name for herself as an actress with roles in movies like Go , The Weight of Water and the underrated Dawn of the Dead remake , Sarah Polley turned her jumped into the writer/director seat. One of her most well-known scripts is probably 2022's Women Talking , which earned her an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Seth Rogen 

Seth Rogen has written some of the comedies that defined the 2000s, such as Pineapple Express and Superbad , as well as more recent hits like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem . This is on top of appearing in all three of those movies, as well as other classics like The 40-Year-Old Virgin , which totally deserved its R rating .

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Taylor Sheridan 

Taylor Sheridan is mostly known for crafting Sicario , Wind River , Hell or High Water and other riveting dramas. But the Yellowstone co-creator also had a decent acting career before making the big shift over the past decade. He appeared on shows like Sons of Anarchy and Veronica Mars .

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Lake Bell 

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Owen Wilson 

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Jason Segel 

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Ricky Gervais

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Woody Allen 

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John Cusack 

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Rashida Jones 

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Tom McCarthy 

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Meals are generally a time for gathering the family together , reflecting on the day, and sharing good food; it was not traditionally considered a time to unwind in front of the TV. However, this has not always been the case, with even the first packaged 'TV Dinner' dating back to 1945. And nowadays, many find themselves throwing something on to watch while they eat; the taboo of the 'lonely TV Dinner' has long gone.

In addition, many couples now use dinner time to catch up on their favorite programs before moving on to other tasks after a long work day. For those cinephiles who love to watch as many movies as possible, mealtime, whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, is also an ideal time to watch a movie.

This allows you to start up a film in good company and then unwind by finishing it. While the type of movie does not always matter, as some viewers are able to eat while watching horror , it is a welcome experience to have food and gatherings on screen while you eat a meal. To help you whet your appetite, we have highlighted 15 films where food plays a significant part in the story, that are delightful to watch while cooking or eating.

15 My Dinner with Andre (1981)

My Dinner with Andre revolves around a conversation between two old friends, Wally and Andre, during dinner at an upscale French restaurant. Their different outlooks on life lead to some clashes at first, with one being considered a rationalist and the other trying to expand and explore life's meaning. However, as the evening progresses, the two find a newfound respect for each other over the course of several in-depth and reflective conversations.

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In Good Company

Everyone has had some experience of good dinner conversation, as it does force us to sit and talk to people we would sometimes choose to ignore, either willfully or out of convenience . This is very true for restaurant dining, and often, people use it to catch up and discuss matters on their minds.

My Dinner with Andre wonderfully captures this atmosphere, while presenting abundant reflective and clever dialogue. Its approach is slightly unorthodox, considered avant-garde for the time. Still, it creates a unique cinematic experience where the actors' discussions on various subjects has a hypnotic draw.

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14 Tampopo (1985)

After her husband passes away, Tampopo takes over the noodle shop he once ran but soon finds the process more complicated than she anticipated. However, help soon comes in the form of a rugged cowboy-type individual and a group of misfits who offer to help her build the restaurant into something special, including the search for the perfect noodles.

In Search of the Perfect Noodles

Juzo Itami's comedy Tampopo proved to be a great success for its director, establishing it as a first of its kind in Japan by drawing on influences from other genres, such as the American Western . However, this was all backed by a script that celebrated human nature and the love of food, cementing the movie as not just a mash-up for the sake of trying to do something different from what had come before.

The film's humor still stands to this day, and the constant focus on food is sure to make this the ideal pairing with any meal — even if you don't have the most perfect noodle dish in front of you.

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13 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

Part crime drama, part art film, Peter Greenway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover depicts a shocking turn of events when the four come together and reveal secrets about each other. Nothing is off limits as they delve into themes of sex, violence, murder and revenge while bearing their souls to one another.

Dinner Confessions

If you are looking for something more salacious while you eat, then The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover will have you hooked . Praised for its complexity of dialogue and exploration the darker aspects of human nature, the movie has been touted as one you must watch multiple times to unravel all the layers.

While the themes may not make good company for all your meals, if you are in the mood to explore these complexities, it is certainly one you can revisit or jump back into. As entertainment, the film boasts some memorable performances, with Helen Mirren a particular highlight of the talented cast.

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12 Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Eat Drink Man Woman centers its story around semi-retired chef and widower Zhu, who has taken to the tradition of preparing a weekly feast for his three daughters. The meal becomes a place to discuss various family issues, from transitioning from tradition to modernity in Taipei, Taiwan, to the daughters' love lives and their future hopes and prospects.

Family Traditions and Great Food

Ang Lee's comedy-drama about family get-togethers serves as both a highlight of traditional cuisine and a loving portrait of family, down to faults and all. The comedic elements also highlight a sincere, heartfelt celebration of life and what brings people together, making it an uplifting experience complimented by relatable humor. Like a great meal, there are also many layers to Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman , so you can always come back for second helpings.

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11 The God of Cookery (1996)

A renowned chef struggles with his identity after his callous and self-centered persona leads him to lose the title of "God of Cookery." However, instead of leaving everything behind, he decides to rebuild his legacy with a new view on life and a rekindled passion for food. He must fight back to the top and face off against his replacement for the title he once coveted.

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Did You Order an Action Comedy With Your Meal?

Director Stephen Chow entered cult status early in his career, becoming a more globally recognized talent thanks to movies like Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hussle . However, much of the director/actor's early works remain relatively obscure, with The God of Cookery being an underexplored gem in his filmography.

With a silly approach to kung-fu action that uses elements of humor and the kitchen as a battlefield, the movie is ideal for those wanting a few chuckles with their meal, or something faster-paced than other entries on the list. It is even chef Uncle Roger's favorite food film, and he gives an entertaining breakdown of why the food in the movie is so great.

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10 Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited away (2001).

Upset about moving to a new neighborhood, ten-year-old Chihiro Ogino soon discovers a great mystery about her new home when she enters the world of kami (spirits). Chihiro is then forced into working at a bathhouse under the name "Sen" in the other realm, after her run-in with the spirits leads to her parents being turned into pigs. The young girl must overcome her fears of the spirits to save her family and return to the real world.

Anime Food Always Looks Delicious

Studio Ghibli has a way of showing food in an utterly mouthwatering way, and you can find these pristine examples of food preparation and meal gathering in many of the studio's works. Combine this with the general beauty of the animation and the often uplifting stories behind them , and any film from the studio could fit the bill while eating. However, Spirited Away has a slight edge in its focus on culinary delights; with the food being so picturesque, people have tried replicating it at home — making it a great movie to also inspire chefs to push their culinary skills.

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9 Ratatouille (2007)


With dreams of becoming a French chef, a rat named Remy forms a peculiar alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous Paris restaurant. As the two attempt to realize Remy's ambitions, they become great friends, helping fight against hardships and the skepticism of those who don't believe a rat can cook.

If You Give A Mouse (Rat) a French Restaurant

Coming from Disney/Pixar during one of the studio's most beloved eras , the '00s (which included Wall-E and Up) , you know you are in for a treat with Ratatouille . The voice acting here is excellent, and the movie is consistently entertaining and humorous.

However, the real draw here for tasty delights is the depiction of the food itself, with the animated film focused on presenting a love of French cuisine with picturesque sincerity. The animation still looks great to this day, even as the studio continues to evolve its approach.

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8 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs.

A young and hopeful scientist, Flint Lockwood sees the first major success in his career as an inventor when he creates a machine that can turn water into food. This makes him a champion of his town, where the local delicacy of canned fish is gladly pushed aside because of the abundance of tasty cuisine. However, when a storm arises, the town gets rained on with food, and his invention soon becomes the potential destruction of the city, which he now must fight to save.

It's Raining Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a well-rounded comedy that explores everything from the importance of family to romance, all while dealing with a large catastrophe. Moreover, despite its rather whacky premise, the movie has plenty of heart, making for a deceptively uplifting experience.

The film also has food in abundance, as Flint Lockwood's hometown becomes drenched in all manner of sweet and savory treats. The movie saw enough success for a sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013), and a TV series that ran for two seasons in 2017. So, if you love the original film and find it a perfect meal pairing, there's always more to check out.

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7 Julie & Julia (2009)

A story of two chefs, Julia Child in the early years of her culinary career and aspiring New York chef Julie Powell, Julie & Julia casts a light on an inspiring moment in both of their lives. This includes Julia's experiences in Paris during her journey to write a French cookbook, and Julie's challenge of preparing all 524 recipes in Julia Child's cookbook while chronicling her experiences online.

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Culinary Inspirations

Julie and Julia is an easy film to approach on performances alone. Meryl Streep gives a charismatic rendition of Julia Child, for which she was nominated for an Oscar for her role. The film also offers an exciting contrast between an established chef and an up-and-comer, showing similarities in their struggles despite the difference in time and status. All this, combined with a sincere love of food, the chefs' climb to success, and how it influenced other women to break into the industry, makes Julie & Julia perfect for inspiring culinary adventures.

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6 The Trip (2010)

Comedian and actor Steve Coogan, best known for his character Alan Partridge, is asked by the publication The Observer to travel throughout Britain and write about his experiences at its most acclaimed restaurants. When his girlfriend declines to make the trip with him, he reaches out to his best friend, Rob Brydon, and the two head across Britain, sharing jests and observations about British food and culture.

The Best of Britain

The Trip has become quite a phenomenon in British TV space , with the lovable yet eccentric duo of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon having a TV show of the same premise turned into a movie, only to be followed up with more TV series and films exploring other countries' cuisines.

There is a lot of content to be had, and as far as celebrating food, the series has proved to highlight cuisine as much as conversation, two essential elements of any good meal. Out of all its iterations, the 2011 film is undoubtedly a great place to start to see if the charms of the two resonate with you as much as they did with British viewers.

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5 The Lunchbox (2013)

The lunchbox.

A mistaken delivery by the Dabbawalas (lunchbox service) of Mumbai leads to a unique relationship between Saajan, a lonely widower, and Ila, an unhappy homemaker. The two begin to exchange messages, sharing their personal struggles and forming a unique bond that aids them in overcoming the challenges they face in life.

Looking Forward to Lunch

Perfect for those looking for a more romantic experience with their meal, Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox excels in its realistic portrayal of the struggles of its characters. Impressive for a debut film, the movie also saw critical acclaim and fandom, currently sitting at 97% Fresh with 123 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Regarding cuisine, the movie perfectly encapsulates the importance of meals in bringing people closer and explores an interesting facet of food service that many may be unfamiliar with.

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4 Chef (2014)

Looking to reconnect with his son and rekindle his passion for food after a disaster at work, Casper (Jon Favreau), starts a food truck with his family. The two lean on each other's strengths, tech-savvy promotion and innovative cooking, to redeem Casper's fall from grace in the restaurant industry and bring together the estranged family.

A Family That Cooks Together, Stays Together

Leading with an engaging script and a strong cast, Chef successfully combines buddy comedy with heartfelt family drama. Despite the family's shortcomings, the movie turns out to be a heartwarming exploration of the ability of food to bring people together and overcome past mistakes with a common goal. Moreover, Chef shines as a celebration of ingredients and the preparation and dedication required to run a successful food truck.

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3 East Side Sushi (2014)

Juana, a single Mexican-American mother living in California, has aspirations that have singled her out by her community and the culinary world she wants to master: making sushi. After working various jobs, she eventually lands a position as a kitchen assistant at a Japanese restaurant, where her household skills were tested against accomplished chefs — a struggle she looks to overcome to prove her worth in an upcoming competition.

Breaking Traditions to Seek Culinary Excellence

The indie darling in our list, East Side Sushi , offers an inspiring story about expanding culinary skills and following dreams even when faced with adversity. Actor Diana Elizabeth Torres gives a commanding performance and embodies her character's passion with such tremendous sincerity that viewers will get caught up in cheering her on.

Those who love sushi and appreciate the artistry put into it will undoubtedly find themselves satiated with how well the movie conveys the process and passion behind the food.

Stream East Side Sushi on Prime Video

2 Sweet Bean (2015)

Tying itself to the celebration of life that is the imagery conjured up by the brief yet beautiful cherry blossom season, Sweet Bean focuses itself on one of the most beloved Japanese sweet treats, dorayaki. Following a vendor of the treat, Sentaro, and an elderly woman named Tokue who becomes an expert at making the sweet red bean paste, the film touches on many aspects of Japanese life and the human condition.

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A Japanese Treat

While we tried to avoid films focused on sweets in this list, since they are not a 'meal,' dorayaki's perfect balance of sweet and savory has made it a cultural staple that brings people together, much like good food.

Moreover, Naomi Kawase's Sweet Bean seamlessly ties together various issues and cultural talking points, using food as the focal point to channel poignant and heartfelt relationships. Much like the dorayaki, this is a delicate blend of sweetness and substance that perfectly complements any meal.

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1 Bento Harassment (2019)

Having problems communicating with her rebellious teenager, single mom Kaori attempts to reach her daughter by sending her to school with elaborate bento boxes with loving sentiments written within. However, this causes the daughter embarrassment and infamy, which leads to broad media attention to her mom's creations.

Little Edible Works of Art

Renpei Tsukamoto's Bento Harassment has the added benefit of being based on the true story of a mother-daughter relationship that got national attention based on the creative and unique creations and her peculiar 'war' against her daughter. The movie certainly embodies that relationship and the sensationalism behind the story, backed by solid performances and an upbeat comedic wit that makes the whole experience utterly endearing.

The food connection here is obvious, but those who appreciate the art of the bento box will find themselves particularly enamored with the culinary creations.

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Brian and Margaret: cast, plot and everything we know

Brian and Margaret on Channel 4 stars Steve Coogan and Harriet Walter playing Brian Walden and Margaret Thatcher.

Brian and Margaret is a Channel 4 drama Steve Coogan and Harriet Walter playing Brian Walden and Margaret Thatcher.

Brian and Margaret is a Channel 4 dramatization of the interview that led to the downfall of Britain’s former prime minister. Succession and Killing Eve star Harriet Walter is taking on the role of controversial ex-prime minister Margaret Thatcher. 

The show dramatizes the story of her last ever TV interview, which some believe was the final nail in her prime ministerial coffin. The 45-minute interview was carried out by her old friend and fearsome political inquisitor, the former Labour MP Brian Walden (played by Steve Coogan), who struck numerous blows that were seen to damage her reputation as a leader beyond repair. Thatcher resigned the following year and the pair never spoke again after what is regarded as one of the most infamous political exchanges of all time. 

"It’s great to be telling a story from the era of the sorely missed forensic interview — two giants of their time locking horns to determine the future of Britain. To act opposite Harriet Walter with a script by James Graham (the writer behind Sherwood and Brexit: The Uncivil War ) and directed by Stephen Frears ( A Very English Scandal ) is a challenge of the very best kind," says Steve Coogan. Harriet Walter adds: "I have to travel a great distance to reach Maggie Thatcher but with James’s brilliant script, Stephen Frears to guide me and Steve Coogan to accompany me I have the dream team to help me achieve it." 

Here’s everything you need to know about the Channel 4 drama Brian and Margaret …

Brian Walden interviewing Margaret Thatcher in 1989.

Brian and Margaret release date

Brian and Margaret is a two-parter that will air on Channel 4 later in 2024 or early 2025. When the date is announced, we’ll let you know on this page. 

Brian and Margaret plot 

Based on the book 'Why Is This Lying Bastard Lying to Me: Searching for the Truth on Political TV' by Rob Burley , the drama depicts the infamous 1989 interview between feared political interviewer Brian Walden and his long-standing friend and British PM Margaret Thatcher. Although the pair had been close beforehand, the 45-minute interview saw Walden land some heavy blows, particularly regarding the recent resignation of her chancellor Nigel Lawson. It’s thought this final interview led to the chain of events that eventually forced Thatcher to resign a year later. The show also questions whether the death of full-length political interviews threatens the future of modern democracy. 

Writer James Graham says, “After another election, we can wrestle with the importance and effectiveness of the ‘political interview’, it’s a chance to bring to life the intimate and complicated relationship between Brian Walden and Margaret Thatcher – interrogator, and Prime Minister. An epic one of love and betrayal, and I think an audience will be surprised by a lot of it. I know I was.” 

The 1989 interview was the last time Margaret Thatcher and Brian Walden ever spoke.

Is there a trailer?

No but if Channel 4 releases one, we’ll add it onto here.

Brian and Margaret cast — Harriet Walter as Margaret Thatcher

Harriet Walter, who plays Margaret Thatcher, has an acting CV that's both impressive and extensive. She played Lady Caroline Collingwood in the hit show Succession and Deborah Welton in Ted Lasso . Harriet has also been in This Is Going to Hurt, Killing Eve, Belgravia, Rocketman, My Dinner with Herve, Doctor Who, Law and Order UK, Downton Abbey and The Crown . 

Hannah Waddingham and Harriet Walter in Ted Lasso.

Steve Coogan as Brian Walden 

Steve Coogan plays political interviewer Brian Walden. Steve found fame as the character Alan Partridge. he played Jimmy Savile in The Reckoning and has been in 24 Hour Party People, Philomena, Stephen, The Trip, Stan & Ollie and The Lost King . 

Who were Margaret Thatcher and Brian Walden?

Brian Walden interviewed Margaret Thatcher over many years.

Margaret Thatcher became the MP for Finchley in 1959, leader of the Conservative Party in 1975 then Prime Minister from 1979 through to 1990. Known as The Iron Lady, she was interviewed by Brian Walden a number of times from the 1970s onwards until 1989. Brian Walden had been the Labour MP for Birmingham All Saints which later became Birmingham Ladywood, from 1964 to 1977 when he resigned from Parliament to become a political interviewer for ITV's Weekend World . Mrs Thatcher died in 2013 aged 87 while Brian Walden died in 2019 aged 86.

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