They’re My Heroes Says “Stan & Ollie” Writer Jeff Pope

Jeff Pope, writer of upcoming biopic Stan & Ollie about comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, says the Hollywood greats are his “heroes” ahead of the film’s January 2019 release.

Stan & Ollie

Arriving in January 2019 is new biographical comedy-drama Stan & Ollie about double act greats Laurel and Hardy.

The film stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the eponymous pair with Jeff Pope, the writer who collaborated with Coogan on the Oscar nominated Philomena, providing the screenplay.

Pope describes Laurel and Hardy as “heroes”, saying watching their films reminds him of what it was like being a kid on Saturday mornings.

“I am aware of the huge responsibility of bringing their characters to life, but I have not treated the boys with kid gloves or looked at them through rose coloured specs. They are living and breathing characters, with flaws and shortcomings.

“The research into this story threw up so many details and facts that I had no idea about. But everything I have done has come from a place of love and more than anything else I hope this shines through.”

Directed by Jon S. Baird (Vinyl, Filth), Stan & Ollie celebrates the duo’s love of performance, unique friendship and legendary working partnership.

Focusing on their 1953 UK tour, the world’s most well-known comedy double act, now diminished by age and past their pomp, crisscross Britain but find audiences at a disappointing low.

But they find their mojo again despite the adversity and find audiences receptive to their charm and word of mouth increasing audience numbers. Ollie’s failing health and some ghosts from the past force the pair to pull together and rediscover their reserves to make this swansong tour a great farewell.

“Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are my heroes,” says Stan & Ollie writer Pope. “When I watch their movies, in my head it is forever a Saturday morning and I am six years old watching the TV at home utterly spellbound.”

Stan & Ollie arrives in UK cinemas in January 2019.

Amilia Totten
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Amilia Totten is a freelance writer, photographer and erstwhile time-waster. Her eclectic film favourites include the latest Hollywood blockbuster to European avant-garde and the joys of Bollywood.

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