In cinemas this Wednesday, “Stan & Ollie” describes the tour made by Laurel & Hardy in the Uk in the 50’s. Worn by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, the film plunges us into the behind-the-scenes numbers for this famous tandem. One of the duos comedy the most well-known in the history of cinema has the right to his biopic with Stan & Ollie. From 1927 to 1950, the two men are products in no less than 107 films (32 short films, silent, 40 short talking, 23 feature films, 12 appearances). Stars of the silent era, they were able to take successfully the turn of speaking. The film by Jon S. Baird is not on the entirety of their journey, but recognizes the need for a specific period of time, their theatre tour in the Uk in the early 50’s as reported in the book Laurel & Hardy : The British Tours by a. j. Marriot. If the film is called Stan & Ollie and non-Laurel & Hardy, this is because it seeks to identify what is behind the legend. If Hardy gave the impression of being the mastermind of the duo, it does not merely in reality, to play what he was given and devoted to golf, his other passion, as soon as he had free time. Conversely, his colleague was involved in every step of production, from scriptwriting to the staging through the mounting. It is imagined to be inseparable, but the two men were not particularly close once the spotlight turned off. It is during this uk tour that Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were finally reconciled. Stan & Ollie EXTRACT VO "You can not drink" Steve Coogan, interpreter of Laurel, was the only actor who has been offered the role. The director was convinced of his choice as early as their first interview in a restaurant during which the actor slipped into the skin of the character in the middle of a conversation, the air of nothing. For his partner John C. Reilly, if he was flattered to have been chosen to embody Hardy, he has also been intimidated and has failed to renounce to the adventure. To slip into the skin of Stan & Ollie, the actors are passed between the hands of the head-make-up designer Jeremy Woodhead, and chief technician Mark coulier’s, oscar winner for The Grand Budapest Hotel and The iron Lady. Steve Coogan wore lenses blue, fake chin, fake teeth and earmolds to take off his ears. For John C. Reilly, the transformation was more binding : the four hours of makeup daily were required to ask him a prosthesis which simulated a overweight. Several combinations have been designed and one of them was so hot that the actor was connected to an ice machine between shots. Stan & Ollie EXTRACT VO "Performance" The film could not make the impasse on the dance numbers from the famous duo. The actors had to train with the choreographer and supervisor of gestural Toby Sedgwick. The latter has pushed the attention to detail at their point of learning from mistakes made by the actors on the originals : “They are appropriate to the number with such a degree of veracity that even when the real Laurel and Hardy committed an error in the archive pictures, they have been reproduced also. They have totally succeeded and it was magical !”

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