Coogan: 2 parts Partridge 1 Part Genius

He’s about to take to our screens again, playing another exaggerated version of himself in a BBC series, The Trip, in which he and Rob Brydon embark on a gastronomic tour of the north of England on the premise that Coogan has landed a gig as guest restaurant reviewer for the Observer. The Trip is directed by Michael Winterbottom, who was so taken with the improvised off-set relationship between Coogan and Brydon in his 2005 film version of Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story that he wanted to give them their own vehicle. In the movie, Coogan played a self-obsessed actor with a complicated personal life, pursued at one point by a tabloid hack over claims of a relationship with a lapdancer.

It may seem an odd move, to repeatedly play a version of yourself as negatively portrayed in the press, but it’s a mark of Coogan’s confidence as a performer that he can take the unflattering portraits and turn them to his own comedy. It’s also a smart way of not revealing or apologising for anything. “The stuff that’s been written about him in the tabloids doesn’t bother him as much as the people who write it would like to think it does,” says Brydon.

I’ll be back. You can’t keep the Democrats out of the White House forever, and when they get in, I’m back on the streets, with all my criminal buddies. Beer. Now there’s a temporary solution. Can’t you people take the law into your own hands? I mean, we can’t be policing the entire city!

When I held that gun in my hand, I felt a surge of power…like God must feel when he’s holding a gun. …And the fluffy kitten played with that ball of string all through the night. On a lighter note, a Kwik-E-Mart clerk was brutally murdered last night. Homer no function beer well without. Please do not offer my god a peanut. Marge, you being a cop makes you the man! Which makes me the woman.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. Oh God, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this? You don’t believe in the Force, do you? I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base. Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I’m not in it for you, Princess. I expect to be well paid. I’m in it for the money.

I can’t get involved! I’ve got work to do! It’s not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now. It’s such a long way from here. I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. Dantooine. They’re on Dantooine. You’re all clear, kid. Let’s blow this thing and go home!

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In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I don’t know, what do you think? You think a princess and a guy like me- Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. Red Five standing by. What!? You mean it controls your actions?

I find your lack of faith disturbing. Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them. Leave that to me. Send a distress signal, and inform the Senate that all on board were killed. I’m trying not to, kid.

Obi-Wan is here. The Force is with him. Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force. Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone. But with the blast shield down, I can’t even see! How am I supposed to fight?

The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. I don’t know what you’re talking about. I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan–

All right. Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? No! Alderaan is peaceful. We have no weapons. You can’t possibly… Partially, but it also obeys your commands. You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away! I’m surprised you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself.

The Force is strong with this one. I have you now. What good is a reward if you ain’t around to use it? Besides, attacking that battle station ain’t my idea of courage. It’s more like…suicide. She must have hidden the plans in the escape pod. Send a detachment down to retrieve them, and see to it personally, Commander. There’ll be no one to stop us this time! A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.

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  1. Prashant Karandikar November 11, 2010

    Soon enough. Well, let’s just dump it in the sewer and say we delivered it. Okay, it’s 500 dollars, you have no choice of carrier, the battery can’t hold the charge and the reception isn’t very

  2. Aaron Lynch November 11, 2010

    When I held that gun in my hand, I felt a surge of power…like God must feel when he’s holding a gun. Oh, so they have Internet on computers now! He didn’t give you gay, did he? Did he?!

  3. Sevenpixels November 11, 2010

    Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force. Alderaan? I’m not going to Alderaan. I’ve got to go home. It’s late, I’m in for it as it is.

  4. Jaswinder Virdee November 11, 2010

    I care. So, what do you think of her, Han? In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Alderaan? I’m not going to Alderaan. I’ve got to go home. It’s late, I’m in for it as it is. What?!