Steve Coogan

  • Aired:  01/07/14
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Steve Coogan considers the nature of faith and addresses criticisms aimed at his film, "Philomena." (6:18)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT AN ACTOR, ACOMEDIAN.

HIS NEW FILM WHICH HE PRODUCED,COWROTE AND STARS IN IS CALLED

"PHILOMENA."

>> I HAD A HIP REPLACED SINCELAST YEAR, MARTIN.

>> RIGHT.

>> IT'S MUCH BETTER.

AND IT'S TITANIUM SO IT WON'TRUST.

>> GOOD JOB OTHERWISE I WOULDHAVE TO OIL YOU LIKE THE TIN

MAN.

>> IS THAT RIGHT?

>> NO, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN LIKEWIZARD OF OZ.

>> HE'S JOKING, MUM.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> Jon: PLEASE WELCOME STEVE

COOGAN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING

HERE.

>> NICE TO BE HERE.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW, FOREVERYBODY THAT KNOWS YOU AND

YOUR GREAT COMEDY, THIS IS ASURPRISING PROJECT FOR YOU TO

TAKE ON.

BRIEFLY WHAT IS THE STORY OFTHIS AND HOW DID YOU GET

INVOLVED IN IT?

>> I READ AN ARTICLE IN THEGUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HERE IN NEW

YORK DOING THE MOVIE CALLED THEOTHER GUYS WITH WILL FERRELL.

>> Jon: YES, VERY FUNNY.

>> THE DOWNTIME IN THE SCENESPLAYING A BRITISH (bleep)

WHICH I'M QUITE GOOD AT, I SAWTHIS ARTICLE IN

THE NEWSPAPER ABOUTTHIS OLD LADY WITH THE TITLE

"THE CATHOLIC CHURCH STOLE MYCHILD."

IT WAS ABOUT HIM BEING ADOPTEDFALSELY AND TAKEN TO AMERICA AND

HER STORY OF HER SEARCH FOR HERSON.

IT SOUNDED FULL OF LAUGHS TOME.

>> Jon: A GOOD SEQUEL TO THEOTHER GUYS.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> THERE WAS A PHOTOGRAPH OF

PHILOMENA AND THEY WERELAUGHING.

I THOUGHT IF I COULD GET A LAUGHIN THE TRAGIC STORY MAYBE I

COULD GET SOMETHING WORTHWATCHING.

>> Jon: THAT IS THEINCREDIBLE -- IT'S, MAN, IT'S A

MOVING STORY.

IT'S A DARK STORY AT TIMES.

IT'S POWERFUL.

THERE ARE A TON OF LAUGHS IN IT.

YOU KNOW THIS, IF YOU WANT TOTALK ABOUT SERIOUS TOPICS AND

YOU WANT TO WIN OVER AN ARGUMENTOR MAKE YOUR POINT, IF YOU

GET PEOPLE LAUGHING THEY LETTHEIR GUARD DOWN AND THEY ARE

MORE OPEN TO THE ARGUMENT YOUARE PUTTING.

SO PUTTING LAUGHS INTO SERIOUSSTUFF A GOOD THING.

>> Jon: HOW HARD WAS IT FORYOU.

THERE'S MOMENTS IN THE FILMWHERE I'M WATCHING YOU BE

SERIOUS AND EARNEST, THECOMEDIAN IN ME, MY HEART WANTS

TO REACH OUT AND GO, "DO A DICKJOKE."

[LAUGHTER]WHY DON'T

YOU FART?

>> I WAS TEMPTED.

[LAUGHTER]THERE ARE PLENTY OF JOKES IN

THERE.

BUT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO HAVETHE BALLS TO SAY NO JOKES NOW.

YOU SHOULD PRACTICE THATSOMETIME.

>> Jon: I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO.

I'M UNCOMFORTABLE.

I'M A TYPICAL REPRESSED BRIT.

IT'S HOW I AM.

[LAUGHTER]YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS --

IT'S THIS WOMAN'S STORY.

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

THERE'S CONTROVERSY NOW ABOUTTHIS WHOLE THING THAT IT'S

ANTI-CATHOLIC.

YOU HAD SAID THAT YOU FELT LIKETHE POPE WOULD LIKE IT.

>> I THINK AS POPES GO, YOUKNOW --

[LAUGHTER]-- HE SEEMS PRETTY GOOD.

>> Jon: SEEMS REALLY GOOD.

>> AS POPES GO.

>> Jon: HE DOES.

HE'S AT THE TOP OF THE POPELIST.

>> WE HOPE HE WILL TAKE A LOOKAT IT.

IT'S NOT ANTI-RELIGIOUS.

IT'S ALSO ABOUT FORGIVENESS.

I PLAY THE SMUG CONCEITEDLIBERAL.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW ANY OFTHEM.

>> Jon: NOT HERE IN NEW YORK.

MAYBE OUT IN THE MIDWEST.

>> HE GETS HIS IN THE END OFMOVIE.

THERE'S BALANCE THERE.

>> Jon: SHE RETAINS FAITH.

IT'S NOT A STORY NECESSARILY OFCHURCH BUT OF THE TIME.

OF AN ERA WHEN THIS WAS VIEWEDDIFFERENTLY THAN IT IS NOW.

>> IT IS ABOUT THAT.

>> IT'S ABOUT HOW THINGS HAVECHANGED,

BUT ALSO THE NATURE OF FAITH.

IT WAS ONCE SAID NO ONE HAS AMONOPOLY ON WISDOM.

MARTIN IS SECULAR IN THE MOVIE.

HE IS NONRELIGIOUS AND PHILOMENAIS RELIGIOUS TO THE END.

HE DOESN'T FIND GOD AND SHECONTINUES TO BELIEVE IN GOD BUT

THEY LOVE EACH OTHER ANDRESPECT EACH OTHER.

>> Jon: HAS SHE SEEN IT?

WAS SHE ABLE TO SEE IT?

>> YEAH, SHE'S BEEN ON THEPUBLICITY TRAIL WITH US.

SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T SHUT HER UP.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> Jon: HAVE YOU TRIED LEANING

IN AND GOING SHUT THE (bleep).

>> I HAVE BUT IT DIDN'T WORK.

>> Jon: WHAT?

>> YEAH, I KNOW.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: YOU MUST FEEL

INCREDIBLE BURDEN WHEN YOU ARETELLING SOMEONE'S STORY LIKE

THAT TO BE THE CARETAKER OF THATSTORY.

DID YOU WATCH IT WITH HER.

WERE YOU IN THE ROOM?

>> NO, NO I WOULDN'T DO THAT.

NO, NO.

SHE WAS -- AT FIRST SHE WASNERVOUS ABOUT IT.

WE POKE FUN AT HER, HER LITTLEOLD CONSERVATIVE BLUE COLLAR

WAYS.

BUT IN THE END SHE EMERGESHEROICALLY.

SHE GETS A FREE PASS.

YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE CRITICISM,SOME OF IT CAME FROM THE NEW

YORK POST.

>> Jon: NOT FAMILIAR WITH IT.

>> IT'S A HIGHLY INTELLIGENTNEWSPAPER.

>> Jon: OWNED BY A BRILLIANTMEDIA MAGNATE.

>> A LOVELY GUY NAMED RUPERTMURDOCH.

HE'S SO KIND ABOUT PEOPLE ANDGOOD VALUES.

>> Jon: SOUNDS LIKE A GOODCHRISTIAN FELLA.

>> YEAH, YEAH.

IF YOU GET CRITICIZED BY "THENEW YORK POST" THEN YOU ARE

DOING SOMETHING RIGHT.

>> Jon: OR YOU ARE IN A HOTTUB SUCKING ON SOMEONE'S TOES.

THAT'S THE MOST RECENT.

>> THAT'S NEXT ON MY LIST.

>> Jon: WELCOME TO THE CITYTHEN.

PHILOMENA IS IN THEATERSNOW.

IT'S DOING GANGBUSTERS AND IT'SGREAT AND YOU ARE GREAT IN IT.

STEVE COOGAN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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