Coogan, Brydon embark on culinary odyssey in 'The Trip to Italy'

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The food is better, the weather is warmer and the landscapes are more exquisite, but middle-aged comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are still in a funk in new film "The Trip to Italy."

British actors Coogan and Brydon, both 48, reunited with director Michael Winterbottom in Italy for a sequel to their cult comedy "The Trip," a mockumentary where the two play fictionalized versions of themselves on a week-long culinary trip for a newspaper.

In the new film, which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival, Coogan and Bryon take a Mini Cooper car to roam idyllic Italian landscapes, with a soundtrack provided by Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" album, the only CD the men have in their car.

They stop at various restaurants from Tuscany and Rome to the Amalfi coast and Capri to sample the country's famed delicacies in beautiful rustic and coastal restaurants.

"It was an amazing experience, we were at some of the most beautiful places in the world. It was spellbinding scenes everywhere we went, and we diminished it all by talking crap," Coogan quipped with the Sundance audience after the premiere.

The lunches are smattered with Coogan and Brydon riffing off each other with their now-famous impressions of well-known actors, including Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Hugh Grant, often masking underlying competitiveness between the two.

In one scene, Coogan and Brydon end up reenacting a scene from the third installment of Batman film "The Dark Knight," impersonating Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Caine.

"The Trip to Italy" will be lengthened into six half-hour episodes to air on BBC television in April, following the same model as "The Trip." The film version will be released in the U.S. by IFC Films.   Continued...

Actor Steve Coogan poses on arrival at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok