Steve Coogan has been a fixture on the British comedy scene for a couple of decades, but it's only recently that he's made much of an impression in the US.
His manic performance as Factory Records founder Tony Wilson drew raves for "24 Hour Party People," and his work on Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of the supposedly unfilmable "Tristram Shandy" also drew respectful response, even though many people found the film quite puzzling.
It's been a big summer for him this year. First played the unfortunate film director Damien Cockburn in "Tropic Thunder" and now plays failed drama teacher Dana Marschz in "Hamlet 2" which is released this weekend.
Coogan came into the MPR studios for a chat with the Movie Maven a couple of weeks back and we'll have a feature later this week.