Dating all the way back to 24 Hour Party People, Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom are one of the most dependable creative collaborations in British cinema, and they’re back together in Greed, a satire looking into the world of the super-rich.
Coogan tells us whether playing roles of this nature – who he has compared to Phillip Green – as being somewhat cathartic, while he talks about striking a balance between realism, and comedic overstatement. He also comments on whether it’s difficult to play Alan Partridge these days, the disparity of wealth between the rich and the poor, and on those incredibly white teeth.
Meanwhile Winterbottom talks about what lured him back to the Indian subcontinent, and whether his time in Greece had any influence on the forthcoming – and final series of The Trip. He also talks about working with Coogan, and whether he plans to take a break any time soon.
Watch both interviews below:
Greed tells the story of self-made British billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie, whose retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years he has ruled the world of retail fashion, bringing the high street to the catwalk and the catwalk to the high street. But after a damaging public inquiry, his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicised and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos.
Greed is out in cinemas on February 21st