Steve Coogan Agrees to Cameo in 17-Year Old Film Student’s Movie

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Film students: don’t be shy about asking actors or actresses with a bit more experience than the typical cast member of a student film has to appear in your movies.

Seventeen year-old Liam Hooper wrote a letter to Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder, The Other Guys, Alan Partridge) asking him to appear in his £1,000 student film.  Hooper believed that while the script was very much in the vein of Coogan’s humor he wouldn’t actually hear back from the popular comedian.  I mean, who knows if the letter would even reach Coogan?

Turns out Hooper was wrong — not only did he hear from Coogan, but even more surprising, Coogan agreed to cameo in the film.

Hooper tells RTE that Coogan’s involvement “brings a real wow factor to the movie and it has been an incredible opportunity to work with one of my idols.”  About the film he says that Coogan appears in a “pivotal” moment, adding “The film is about a group of pupils who look after a haunted house for a £50,000 reward, but start disappearing one by one. There are some scary moments, and a very high body count, but mostly it’s meant to be funny.”  Actually that sounds more interesting than most movies coming out in the multiplexes these days!  This is a great example of an actor doing something very cool that he really doesn’t have to.  After all, I doubt Coogan is receiving not much more than the coffee and donuts I used to “pay” the casts of my awful student films for helping me out.  I hope Hooper’s shoot goes well for him!

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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