Alan Partridge movie to have 'positive impact' on fans

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A film crew is in Southeast Asia filming a Vietnam-war memoir. It's early in the shooting, but they're already behind schedule and over budget. On the day an accident befalls the novice director, the cast and crew are attacked by a gang of poppy-growing local drug dealers, except the cast and crew don't realize these aren't actors who are stalking them. The thugs kidnap Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), an actor whose star seems on the decline, and it's up to the rest of the ragtag team to band together long enough to attempt his rescue. Directed, co-written and co-produced by Stiller, the hilarious comedy film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Brandon T. Jackson & Jay Baruchel.
July 25th, 2013

Steve Coogan hopes 'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa' has a ''positive impact'' on fans.

The actor is set to bring his most famous character Alan Partridge - who he has portrayed on TV and radio for nearly 20 years - to the big screen in the new comedy caper and he hopes the movie is enjoyable for the beloved character's loyal fans, even if it won't be in contention for an Academy Award.

Appearing in character at the film's premiere at the Vue West End in London's Leicester Square yesterday (25.07.13), he told BANG Showbiz: ''I don't think the film's gonna win the Oscars; let's not be too silly about this because, of course, it's not about mental illness or the Holocaust. I just want it to have a positive impact on people's lives. If it stops one child from sniffing glue or throwing eggs on my car then it'll be a job well done.''

While 'Alpha Papa' marks Partridge's transition from the small screen to the big screen, the radio DJ from Norfolk insists fame won't change him - at least to an extent.

He said: ''I don't think [fame] has changed me, I think I'm gonna always be the regular guy that likes to go for walks, likes to go swimming, you know, likes to be in the top tax band, and likes to have Timothy Dalton on speed dial.

''But I do think I'll make certain changes. I'm planning a long gravel driveway with a gated security and video intercom, just to keep people at bay.''

'Alpha Papa' is in cinemas on August 7.