Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon were recently interviewed about their recent series The Trip to Italy, as part of a live Q&A screened to over 180 cinemas across the UK. Giggle Beats has just published a transcript of the interview, which sees the pair reminisce about the ups and downs of working together.
The interview provides a fascinating insight into the dynamics of the part-improvised show, and sheds further light on where fact and fiction meet; something which isn’t easy to spot as a viewer. Coogan explains: “Part of the tension of the series is that it’s a version of ourselves. There is some truth in it and other things are invented. My slightly precious pretentious personality in it… There is some truth in that, but I’m not quite as bad as that. We cranked that up for the purpose of the show. And Rob doesn’t constantly go round doing funny voices… Though he did do Michael Parkinson twenty minutes ago.”
The duo are full of praise for series director, Michael Winterbottom, who frequently ignored their input(!) Coogan says: “Somehow Michael makes it more than the sum of its parts, because ostensibly it’s just us talking about stuff. What’s crucially different about it is that Rob and I [weren’t involved any further than the shooting]. We tried to talk to Michael and say, ‘Could you edit it this way? Could you cut it here and it’ll be a really good reveal and that’ll be really funny?’ and he just ignored all our advice.”
To read the interview in full click here. And to buy a copy of The Trip to Italy on DVD (for the bargain price of £12.99) click on this. You can also buy two special box sets of both the first series and second series here (TV version) and there (feature version).