Stan & Ollie follows the story of Laurel and Hardy who face an uncertain future in a time when the golden era of their Hollywood heyday has faded behind them. The film’s synopsis reads: “Diminished by age, the duo set out to reconnect with their adoring fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953. The shows become an instant hit, but Stan and Ollie can’t quite shake the past as long-buried tension and Hardy’s failing health start to threaten their precious partnership.”
Where was Stan & Ollie filmed?
Principal UK photography began in spring 2017 and took place in Dudley, in the West Midlands of England.
More filming took place at The Old Rep theatre Birmingham, the West London Film Studios and Bristol in South West England.
The director, Jon S. Baird, told Variety: “On paper, I was not the logical choice for this.
“But I had been a huge fan since I was a kid; I used to dress up as Stan Laurel for the school dress party. And I loved the script by Jeff Pope.
“Jeff and I thought it was important to show them at height of career, but then to concentrate on the ’50s, the time of their biggest challenges.”
One of the biggest challenges of filming was John C Reilly requiring four hours in the make-up chair each day.
Baird told Variety: “We knew makeup would be a huge factor. With a small, independent film, you have to use your resources wisely.
“And we wanted Mark Coulier because he’s one of the best in the business.
“The input of Mark and those others elevated the movie.”
Stan & Ollie premiered at the BFI London Film Festival on October 2018.
Steve Coogan stars as Stanley “Stan” Laurel, with John C. Reilly as Oliver “Ollie” Hardy.
The two comedians were announced as the film’s stars in January 2016.
Lucille Hardy and Ida Ollie are played by Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda respectively.
Stan & Ollie was written by Jeff Pope, who had worked with Coogan on the Oscar-nominated Philomena.
Stan & Ollie is rated PG according to the British Board of Film Classification.
According to the BBFC, the reason for the rating is down to mild bad language such as “bloody”.
The BBFC also writes: “There are scenes in which people smoke cigarettes.
“A man experiences a ‘funny turn’ and falls over, indicating the beginning of a period of illness.”