Steve Coogan knew Laurel and Hardy from TV. He watched their mishaps in his bathrobe during the summer holidays: “It was very accessible to a child”, he remembers. “A pure kind of comedy that’s more about personality than about the situation. There are no real consequences. It’s a happy world”. And John C. Reilly found a great film partner in Steve Coogan: “We immediately realised it wouldn’t work without us having a deeper connection to each other. We were pretty distant at first, but we became real friends. Steve is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. I got a real lonely feeling when he wasn’t with me on the set. It felt like part of me was missing”.
Interview 15. May 2019
Steve Coogan: “Laurel and Hardy Are Very Accessible”
For “Stan & Ollie” to succeed, it was important to find actors who not only seemed physically plausible as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, but who could also illuminate the core of their central friendship.