Steve Coogan as Paul Raymond; Jack Black in new movie Bernie; Terence Stamp on his best films
Francine Stock talks to Steve Coogan about The Look of Love and to Jack Black about Bernie. Both films are based on real people - how can biopics be honest and innovative?
Steve Coogan's discusses his latest role as the Soho entrepreneur, Paul Raymond, in The Look of Love, directed by Michael Winterbottom. He tells Francine Stock why he's attracted to characters who prove initially hard to like.
Bernie, directed by Richard Linklater, is also based on a real person and tells the story of a Texan man accused of murdering an elderly woman. Using documentary-style interviews within the feature film, it's a sympathetic portrayal by Jack Black. He explains why he was attracted to the role and his nervousness about the reaction of the real Bernie, currently serving his sentence in prison.
So how can biopics be both honest and innovative about their subjects? Film critic Hannah McGill discusses those that work and those that fail to engage.
And the actor Terence Stamp looks back at this career from Billy Budd to The Collector, Theorem and The Limey as the British Film Institute opens a retrospective on his work next week.
Producer: Elaine Lester.