"We left it behind for a while, but we came back to it because we got a few ideas. We're writing it right now, going to shoot it next year." British actor Steve Coogan confirms he has resumed work on a movie centred around his famous comedy character, Alan Partridge.
Presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May came under fire from London's Mexican ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora after making jibes about his countrymen during a programme broadcast in the U.K. last month (Jan11).
In the section of the show, the presenters discussed a Mexican sports car and Hammond told viewers, "Why would you want a Mexican car? Because cars reflect national characteristics, don't they? Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep, looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat."
Their comments led to BBC bosses apologising, and the presenters were also slammed by British funnyman Steve Coogan, who warned the trio to take "responsibility" for their comments.
And following the furore, BBC bosses have axed the scene from the episode so as not to offend U.S. viewers.
The British funnyman was stunned to see hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May make the rude comments during a programme broadcast in the U.K. last month (Jan11).
During a section of the show, the presenters discussed a Mexican sports car and Hammond told viewers, "Why would you want a Mexican car? Because cars reflect national characteristics, don't they? Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep, looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat."
Clarkson added, "That's why we won't get any complaints about this, because at the Mexican embassy the ambassador's going to be sitting there with a remote control like this (pretending to slump, snoring in a chair)."
Mexican ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora was infuriated by the jibes, and sent a scathing letter of complaint to bosses at the BBC, prompting network chiefs to apologise for the remarks.
However, Coogan - who has appeared as a guest on the show three times - is disappointed by the trio's behaviour, insisting they "carry responsibility" by hosting the programme.
In a piece for Britain's The Observer, Coogan writes, "I normally remain below the parapet when these frenetic arguments about comedy and taste break out. But this time, I've had enough of the regular defence you tend to hear - the tired line that it's 'just a laugh', a bit of 'harmless fun'.
"I can tell you from my own experience, living in the U.S., Mexicans work themselves to the bone doing all the dirty thankless jobs that the white middle-class natives won't do.
"The lads (guys) have this strange notion that if they are being offensive it bestows on them a kind of anti-establishment aura of coolness; in fact, like their leather jackets and jeans, it is uber-conservative (which isn't cool).
"Big viewing figures don't give you impunity - they carry responsibility. Start showing some."
The Meet The Parents star and Coogan first appeared alongside each other in 2006's Night At The Museum, before going on to film the sequel together.
The actors teamed up again for 2008 film Tropic Thunder, which was co-written by Justin Theroux - and now the trio has signed up for a new television project.
According to Deadline, Stiller, Theroux and Coogan are co-producing Documental, which will feature Theroux as a documentary maker who tracks down his idol, played by Coogan.
The stars are filming the half-hour pilot in London for U.S. network HBO.
The Night at the Museum star has been involved with Chow since 2007 but has never spoken publicly about the couple's relationship.
Now he has let slip one of the advantages of their romance - he gets money off meals at her dad Michael's swanky Chinese restaurant chain, Mr Chow.
Coogan tells Britain's Observer magazine, "The most expensive meal I've ever had would probably be at Mr Chow's in New York. Very expensive, but very tasty. I'm in a relationship with his daughter China now. I'm not talking about it. But it does mean I get a discount."
The Night at the Museum star rose to fame with his U.K. series about a failed radio and TV presenter, before moving on to Hollywood films including Tropic Thunder and Around the World in 80 Days.
Earlier this year (10), Coogan revealed he is keen to reprise his breakthrough role for a movie - but only if he and fellow writers Armando Iannucci and Peter Baynham can come up with a good enough story.
Now the project is edging closer to reality - Coogan and Iannucci have decided on a plotline for the film.
In a message on his Twitter.com page, Iannucci writes: "And the Partridge news is that we've now agreed a story for the film. It's NOT Alan goes to America."
The funnyman proposed to the 25-year-old beauty in January (10) and they are reportedly planning to walk down the aisle at London's Claridge's hotel on Saturday (15May10).
Walliams celebrated by inviting the cream of the British comedy scene to a meal at London's exclusive Nobu Restaurant, before heading to a nearby bar and later to notorious strip club Stringfellows, according to British newspaper The Sun.
Guests included Walliams' Little Britain co-star and best man Matt Lucas, U.K. comics Steve Coogan, Jimmy Carr, Alan Carr, James Corden, David Baddiel and Rob Brydon, and Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia.
The Night at the Museum star rose to fame in the U.K. series about a failed TV and radio presenter, before moving on to Hollywood films including Tropic Thunder and Around the World in 80 Days.
Coogan is keen to reprise his breakthrough role for a movie - but only if he can work with original writers Armando Iannucci and Peter Baynham.
He says, "This is kind of make or break. In a month it'll be very clear whether we're going to do it or not. You have to get all the right elements. We're not going to do it unless we think we can do something really good."