Coogan's a Persuader

Steve teams up with Ben Stiller

Steve Coogan is to star in a Hollywood version of cult TV classic The Persuaders.

The Alan Partridge will star opposite Ben Stiller in the film, the latest stage in his burgeoning American career.

He will play suave sleuth Lord Brett Sinclair, the role Roger Moore took in the original Seventies TV series.

Stiller will play his millionaire American partner in crimebusting, Danny Wilde, originally played by Tony Curtis

Coogan said: “"Ben's a big fan of Alan Partridge and I'm a fan of his.  It's all very exciting.

“He's a somebody and I'm a nobody, so I'm very grateful for the relationship right now".

Coogan’s last Hollywood role was in the critically-slated remake of Around The World In 80 Days, although his performance escaped the reviewers’ ire.

Published: 2 Jan 2005

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