"Karin Svensson if bioaktuella Laurel & Half – continues to inspire and attract gapflabb after a hundred years."
"This is a kulturartikel which is a part of Aftonbladet's opinionsjournalistik."
"It is enough with a siluettbild of two characters – a thick and a thin – each with a bowler hat on his head, to bring out a smile in almost anyone. Despite the fact that Laurel and hardy's comic film classics is almost one hundred years old, is their neck-breaking humor is still a part of our collective consciousness."
"In the new film ”Laurel & Half”, which premieres in the day, we get to meet Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel at the end of his career. After their star has waned in Hollywood, traveling to England to tour in small theatres, where they recreate their most-loved sketches before the loud laugh of the audience. At the same time, grind it between the old parhästarna, between livsnjutaren Hardy and hard working family man, Laurel."
"Steve Coogan and John C Reilly play the main roles, and when I met them in London in the fall, told Reilly that it took a lot of persuasion that he would accept to play Oliver Hardy."
" My first reaction was ”no thanks!”. How to recover an legendär? I love them so much and could not imagine shouldering the responsibility. But when I understood that the movie would be about their relationship behind the scene, so it felt a little less scary."
"As a young actor, I used their movies as schoolbooks"
"– But it was a high mountain to climb, interjected Steve Coogan."
"There is a scene in ”Laurel & Half” in which Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy being interviewed by a tv crew outside the luxury hotel the Savoy in London. To charm the viewers they perform a skit in which the duo (and their amused spouses) turns the car into a sort of assembly line: they step out, run around to the other side, climbs in, climbs over the passenger seat and called out again, over and over again."
"It feels at the same time, perfectly choreographed and completely spontaneous – just like Laurel and hardy, which was able to transform the shipment of a piano up a flight of stairs to a comical dance on light feet."
"– As a young actor, I used their movies as the books – they invented the humorreglerna and had a naturalistic style that was far ahead of its time, said John C Reilly."
"nReilly and Coogan are not alone in placing the Laurel and hardy on a pedestal. Playwright Samuel Beckett was inspired by them when he wrote the play ”waiting for Godot”, and fantasized about a set of Laurel and Hardy in the leading roles."
"Actor Mark Hamills greatest pleasure in the ”Star wars”-the recording was to ask out his colleague Peter Cushing about how it was to play against his heroes in the movie ”Scandal in Oxford” from 1939."
"Comedian Steve Martin is so obsessed with the duo that he has had far-reaching plans to make a film about them, where he would play both Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy."
"To the large and variegated beundrarskalan counts even JD Salinger, René Magritte, Peter Sellers, Bette Midler and The Beatles (who had with Laurel and hardy on the cover of ”Sgt Pepper's lonely hearts club band” from 1967)."
"was the Swedish comedian and actor Sissela Kyle grew up with Laurel and hardy. That small, she saw the films at the cinema along with his dad, who was a dedicated fan."
"– I remember how dad stretched his long neck and laughed as he almost kiknade. They managed to do mild violence between friends störtkul. As guided by a higher power awaiting their companion's kick, nudge or measures of the paint – it is so terribly funny. In principle, all the sketchkomik where two people interact, glances and gestures inspired by Laurel and hardy, " she says in an e-mail to me."
"They invented the humorreglerna and had a style of play that was far ahead of his time"
"In the SVT-current documentary, ”the Past Sweden Swedish komedienner have” draws Sissela Kyle, the parallels between Oliver Hardy and Dagmar Ebbesen, which was a success in a number of hembiträdeskomedier on the 20 - and 30 centuries."
"– They both have at times a direct communication with the audience. Dagmar may, like the Oliver looking straight into the camera and snort of disapproval on an almost shameless in the way, " says Sissela Kyle."
"sufficiently profitable in order grip often used in the sitcom ”The office”, where Martin Freeman's long-suffering kontorslav sometimes gave the camera a frustrated glance. The show's creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant mentions often Laurel and hardy as their large humorförebilder."
"– Because ”The office” was a fake documentary gave them an excuse to play with the camera. They could say to Martin Freeman, ”give us an Ollie here,” says Barry Brophy, The author of ”The Laurel and Hardy Legacy: the Sitcoms stars talk Stan and Ollie”, when I reach him on the phone."
"In the book he explores how the popular british comedy shows such as ”Pang in construction”, ”Black snake” and a ”Home worst” has been inspired by the legacy of Laurel and hardy. Barry Brophy mean that they invented the sitcom as a format before the tv was even born, and that it abounds in a version of their group dynamics within the modern humour."
"– As in ”Completely hysterical”, Edina thinks she's the top, she takes herself very seriously but she really is an idiot – just like Helan. And she has a prillig sidekick in the Patsy, not getting worked up unnecessarily – just as Half."
"you day we see Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's comedic collaboration almost as naturgivet, but the fact is, they were 35 and 37 years old when they started their partnership. Laurel had come to the united states from England with the same teatertrupp as Charlie Chaplin and received work as a director of the producer Hal Roach. Hardy ran away from a military academy in the american South to try his luck in Hollywood, and got a successful birollskarriär."
"It was Hal Roach who put together the two men, and the magic occurred. Between 1921 and 1951, they made 107 films together. Unlike many colleagues they managed to survive the shift from silent films to sound films, even if their sound films was barely more than silent films with sound effects (in the ”night owls” from the 1930 talking Stan Laurel in a total of twelve seconds)."
"nOliver Hardy has been dead for 61 years, Stan Laurel in 53 – but their humor is very much alive. But how is it that people of all ages and from different continents can laugh at the nearly century-old films?"
"the Author Barry Brophy believe that it is because they polished their snubbelhumor to perfection."
"– the Physical humor is a very clean drug, it goes directly to your nerve endings. You might see a friend who slips and falls, and you burst out in laughter before you say ”jeez, sorry, are you okay?”. You react to a funny situation before you even realize what you are laughing at. That kind of humor is so uncommon today, and so difficult to do."
"Sissela Kyle responds with a counter question:"
"– Is there anything more fun than when Laurel knocks on hardy's hat?"