Stan & Ollie Trailer Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly


When it comes to biopics, sometimes all it takes is a bit of inspired casting to carry a film past the usual cliches and predictable plotlines. Stan & Ollie looks like it could be one of those situations with Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly playing Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy respectively (John C. Reilly in particular makes quite the transformation). The movie is directed by Jon S. Baird (Filth) and it focuses on the duo’s postwar tour of Britain and Ireland as they struggle to maintain their careers and their relationship while Hardy’s health also slowly deteriorates. It is currently scheduled to premiere at the London Film Festival next month and was recently acquired by Sony Pictures Classics who are planning a potential North American release before the end of the year. Stan & Ollie hits theaters on Jan. 11th in the U.K.; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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  • Tahir Abbas

    The ‘rubber’ skin on actor Hardy does not look good. They should’ve got the actor from The Last Man on Earth’ to play him. Mel Rodriguez is the spitting image of Oliver Hardy.

  • Lori Cerny

    Fully agree. Put me in a fat (well, just a little fatter) suit and I’d look like Hardy, too.

    Coogan doesn’t quite fit for me, but he can deftly handle poignancy and humor – so that’ll come through.

    And, what’s with the Hollywood push to make Reilly a legit actor?

    And, and, isn’t Sony Pictures was about to declare bankruptcy?

  • Mark

    Coogan looks incredible, but man – that fat make-up on Reilly is TERRIBLE. They should have gotten the artist who did the work on Oldman as Churchill or something, because the make-up here is so awful that it ruins every scene he shows up in in that trailer – and likely is doing a huge disservice to Reilly, who we obviously know is a great actor – but he just looks so fake in each scene, it’s embarrassing. It’s like they put the make-up on and then did zero contouring or shading to make it look like real skin. But again: Coogan looks brilliant, here.

  • Mark

    I don’t think it’s the actor – Gary Oldman’s make-up as Churchill was flawless, for example. But the make-up is so bad here that it looks like it’s marring Reilly’s performance.

  • andyluvsfilms

    Looks like terrible casting to me.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    Jesus, getting misty eyed from the trailer so it inevitable that I’ll love this film. I can’t get enough of Coogan and hope he gets nominated for best actor for this (and then doesn’t win so he can continue to have nightmares about it in the next ‘Trip’ film).

  • Jameson

    Same, I grew up watching Laurel & Hardy with my parents and I’m already feeling the heartstrings tugged on. The two of them both sound spot on.

  • Sean

    I’d argue that John C. Reilly started as a legit dramatic actor with his roles in movies like Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Chicago. He only really came to comedy after doing Talladega Nights with Will Ferrell.

  • Deven Science

    Same with the misty eyes. Grew up watching their shorts and movies on late night TV, and they will always be the greatest comedy act in history to me.