'Someone had to do it' - Steve Coogan admits to strip club research for The Look Of Love
Tuesday 16 April 2013
Steve Coogan tonight admitted he visited a lot of strip clubs to research his latest role as porn baron Paul Raymond.
The Alan Partridge star attended the premiere of his new film The Look Of Love with co-stars Anna Friel and Tamsin Egerton at the Curzon cinema in London's Soho.
The film, directed by Coogan's long-time collaborator Michael Winterbottom, is based on the real-life story of strip club owner Raymond, dubbed the King of Soho.
Coogan said of his research: "What you do is you talk to people who knew him, and you watch old footage of him and then you go to strip clubs to do a lot of research, which I obviously had to do. Someone had to do it, I volunteered. It was very difficult but eventually I felt I got the handle on the character."
The comedian admitted he had tired of playboy life by the time filming was over.
He said: "It's a bit grubby. At the end of it I was ready to ... it became exhausting playing him.
"He didn't see much daylight. He seemed to live the life of a vampire, he hardly ever ventured out into the day, and at the end of it I just wanted to see some daylight."
Friel plays his wife Jean, Egerton plays his mistress, porn star Fiona Richmond, and Imogen Poots plays his daughter Debbie, who battled addiction and breast cancer before dying of a heroin overdose.
Egerton had to ride topless through Soho on a horse for one scene in the film, as Richmond did to promote one of Raymond's ventures.
She revealed: "I had pants on. They CGIed the bum because I would never have done that.
"But yes, it was pretty daunting still, even going out with a wig and no top on. I was petrified, absolutely petrified, that day. But it has to be done, and she did it incredibly confidently, and so I had to just feign it and do it properly.
"Doing a job like this, you have to do it justice. I'm not one to be shy or make excuses. I took the role, I have to do it well.
"Obviously, there's a certain amount I will not do, but within the realms we pushed those boundaries, and it was for a good cause. And it was a dream working with Steve and Michael."
The film was written by Matt Grenhalgh, whose previous work includes award-winning biopics Nowhere Boy and Control, and based on Paul Willetts' biography Members Only: The Life And Times Of Paul Raymond.
The film is packed with cameos from famous faces of British comedy, including David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Chris Addison, Simon Bird, Stephen Fry and Miles Jupp.
Addison plays Tony Power, the editor of Raymond's porn magazine Men Only.
James Lance - who worked with Coogan on I'm Alan Partridge - plays Carl Snitcher, the chief executive of Paul Raymond Publications.
The Look Of Love is out in cinemas on Friday April 26.
peopleContenders for Time magazine's Person of the Year are a mixture of the good, the bad and the holy
tvSteven Moffat reveals the actor was dying to take on the role of the Time Lord and says he is excited to see what he will do with the character
sportBayern Munich 2 Manchester City 3: City come from two down to beat reigning European Champions
newsAs the world remembers Mandela the hero, the prison where he spent 27 years seems all the more brutal
arts + ents... and a chance to paint Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel
danceUnder Tamara Rojo's inspired direction, it seems possible that it could challenge the dominance of the Royal Ballet. We meet some established names and rising stars
travelDiscover Uruguay's jet-set beach resort, an Atlantic enclave with plenty of art and culture to explore on the side
Arts & Ents blogs
The 50 Best Christmas songs: Bells continue to ring for the Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York'
Downton Abbey Christmas special 2013: New pictures released
Back from the dead? Family Guy's Brian Griffin 'to make a comeback' after fan petition
Emma Stone: 'Dating Andrew Garfield makes living in LA a lot less fun'
Katie Hopkins mocks name of sick girl Kaychanel featured in X Factor charity appeal
- 1 Mountain goats' miraculous escape from avalanche captured in dramatic video footage
- 2 Gurdwaras-turned-food banks: Sikh temples are catering for rise in Britain’s hungry
- 3 Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
- 4 Government delays EU immigration report because it is too positive
- 5 'I'm experiencing austerity as well', says Princess Michael of Kent
- < Previous
- Next >