Star of new Stan and Ollie movie reveals he loved filming in Birmingham

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One of the stars of a new movie about comedy duo Laurel and Hardy says he “really enjoyed” shooting part of the film in Birmingham.

Stan and Ollie tells the story of what would become their farewell tour.

Parts of the film were shot at the Old Rep Theatre and The Black Country Living Museum.

John C Reilly and Steve Coogan talking to the media on the red carpet

John C Reilly and Steve Coogan talking to the media on the red carpet

Speaking on the red carpet at the BFI Film Festival in Leicester Square, Steve Coogan, who plays the role of Stan Laurel alongside John C Reilly’s Oliver Hardy, said: “I really enjoyed my time in Birmingham when we were filming.

“The people in the city were very lovely.”

Birmingham’s links to Laurel and Hardy also include the Barton Arms, which had a long association with the now-demolished Aston Hippodrome, which was once a key variety theatre in the city.

Laurel and Hardy worked the variety show circuit when they weren’t busy making films and were also patrons of the pub.

Screenwriter Jeff Pope said: “Filming in Birmingham was an amazing experience and we filmed there because of the history and connection it has with the iconic duo.”

The film will go on general release in January 2019.

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