Damien on… The “The Alan Partridge Movie” Film
…is currently filming in Norfolk’s legendary Jewel Of The North…
Cromer (don’t ask).
Despite having appeared in a fair number of feature films – including some as the lead – Steve Coogan has never really made the grade in the cinema.
His only significant award nod (he didn’t get it) was for “The Parole Officer” – a fairly good British film which would probably have done better IN Britain had it been called The PROBATION Officer.
It was appropriate to call it The Parole Officer in AMERICA – but it appears the producers forgot films ARE ALLOWED to have different English-language titles on opposite sides of The Pond: like “The Hot Rock” being anglicised to “How To Steal A Diamond In Four Uneasy Stages” f’rinstance.
Although that is a bad example: the producers apparently assumed we Brits would not understand that “hot” is US slang for stolen – and likewise “rock” for gemstone.
Oh, yes: and we do not get “guy” or “chick” out of context, either.
And none of us have EVER read a Donald E Westlake book.
The irony is, the film did NOTHING in America, anyway.
And even before filming is finished, I can assure the producers of “The Alan Partridge Movie” that THEIR effort will do little better.
They might as well call it: The Alan Partridge FILM.