Englishman Stan Laurel and American Oliver Hardy is definitely one of the most famous comedy duo on film out of the Golden Era of Hollywood.
Many don’t know their story towards the end of their careers as age and competition caught up with them.
In the biopic Stan & Ollie, the film looks at Laurel and Hardy’s comedy tour in Britain as they try to reignite their film careers.
The film stars John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda, Danny Huston and Rufus Jones. It is directed by Jon S. Baird and written by Jeff Pope.
Here’s the synopsis:
Stan & Ollie follows the great comedy team with a physical tour of Britain in 1953 as their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them and face an uncertain future. As they start crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they’ve always been able to make each other laugh and as the charm and beauty of their performances shines through their audiences laugh too, and they reconnect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan and Ollie can’t quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy’s past—the long buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health—start to threaten their previous relationship. A portrait of the most tender and poignant creative marriages begins to unfold as the duo, aware that they may be approaching their swan song, try to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.
LRM Online sat down with actress Shirley Henderson, who plays Lucille Hardy, and director Jon S. Baird. Check out the video interview above.
Stan & Ollie is currently playing in theaters.
Source: LRM Online Exclusive