Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon confirm sequel to 'The Trip'
Get ready for a second course of BBC's "The Trip!"
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon confirmed that the two would be reuniting for a follow-up to the hilarious 2010 road trip comedy.
Coogan spoke with Empire about the long-rumored second series and where it will take the two wayward travelers. "We are going to Italy," Coogan said. "I went there three weeks ago to meet Rob and [director] Michael [Winterbottom] to go for dinner and talk about what we were going to do. What other characters were going to be in it. That's a bit of research I suppose, but I'm going to have to do some reading."
The original series saw Coogan and Brydon touring high class restaurants and hotels in Great Britain's Lake District, all while the two struggled to overcome their respective relationship difficulties. Along the way, the two friends bicker and argue over career interests and who does the best Michael Caine impersonation.
Coogan continued, describing the thinking behind taking the two abroad. "We're supposed to be retracing the footsteps of the Romantics, of Shelley and Byron and Keats, and I don't know enough about it. I'm damned if Rob's going to come across as an authority on it. It'll be a great motivation for me to read up on it so that when we improvise, I can drop some information on him. Sometimes you try to compete with each other in improvisation by using dirty tricks," Coogan joked.
The actor, who recently signed on for the lead in the upcoming ABC legal drama "Doubt," is eager to get back to said dirty tricks, reminiscing on one particular scene in the original series. He said, "In the first 'Trip,' he asked me to do the eulogy I would give if he was dead. I knew he was doing it because he had one up his sleeve. So as soon as I'd finished mine, I walked off. He fell into my trap by letting me go first, thinking I would generously let him reciprocate, which I didn't. It wound him up. But that made him angry, and the anger was good."
I know everyone always goes to the Michael Caine impressions clip (which is wonderful), but below is a personal favorite from the first series. No doubt the follow-up will have plenty of great moments itself.