-Thank you for coming back. You
know I’m a giant fan of yours. Last time you were here, we were
talking about this movie you did with Rob Brydon, who is amazing,
called “The Trip.” If you haven’t seen it,
you got to watch this. [ English accent ] But where you
were both doing Michael Caine and talking how to do the correct Michael Caine
impression. -Right. You just sound like
you’ve got a cold. [ Laughter ] -But what if Michael Caine
was sick? That’s what he would sound like. -Yeah. You know what? If they were casting for a kind of Michael Caine
character with a cold, you’d get the part.
[ Laughter ] -Oh, my God. Thank you so much. -[ as Michael Caine ]
No, you speak through your nose. You’re making it sound
too blocked up. You’ve got to speak like that. When he’s younger,
it’s a bit higher, like that. -He talked like that. -Talked like that. -Years ago —
-Alfie. -But these days,
it’s a little lower like that because he smoked
so many cigars. It’s a bit more like that.
Alright? And then when you get emotional, you’ve got to make
your voice crack like that. [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] -[ Normal voice ]
I want to talk about this movie. -[ Normal voice ] Sure.
-“Greed.” It’s a fascinating movie
because it’s funny. You really made me laugh in it. But then it gets kind of
almost like sad and, like, really a good — -That’s the way I like
to do my shows. I like to go out and please
people and then make them leave depressed at the end
of the tour. [ Laughter ] It’s a kind of counterintuitive
way of working. -Yeah. No one’s ever done that.
Yeah. -Yeah, why not? -But here’s your character.
You play a billionaire. -Yeah.
-And this is him right here. I love your teeth, by the way. I don’t know how —
[ Laughter ] -Yeah. -Why did you go with the big —
-Big white teeth. Because what you find with
billionaires is they have this — they sport
this all-year-round tan because they’re normally on
super yachts off the coast of Monaco,
just doing nothing. And then when they have a bit of
money, they normally throw the price of an S.U.V.
at their mouth. But the only way —
These teeth are actually clever. No one has white teeth
like that. I mean, no one — Only in California do you see
white teeth like that. [ Laughter ] And in Britain, you certainly
don’t see teeth like that. [ Laughter ]
-No, yeah, yeah. It’s just true for that. But that must have been shocking to see yourself
with those teeth. -Yeah, I had to wear shades
when I’d brush my teeth. [ Laughter ] -Can you describe this film
for us? -Well, it’s about
a super-rich guy. And it’s, sort of — it’s a —
Michael Winterbottom — I did a bunch of movies
with him. -Oh, he’s great. -And he makes films where he
talks about serious stuff but doesn’t make it boring,
not like a big lecture. No one wants to watch a movie where they’re being
taught a lesson. -Yeah. -So, it’s about the relationship between the super rich
and the super poor. So one week we’re shooting on
super yachts in Monaco and the following week we’re in
sort of sweatshops in Sri Lanka where the workers are paid $3.50
a day. And we try to
make that connection. -A day?
-Yeah. I mean, this is like — so what
we do is say that the reason the super rich are super rich is because a lot of people
are super poor. And we just make
that connection. But we do it in a way where — But the thing is,
the film is quite funny. You know, so it sounds like
a serious topic, and it is a serious topic, but
people have fun along the way. What you do is,
you make people laugh and then you just sort of take
the message and you put it in their top
pocket like that and just say, “Have a read at that later,”
you know. -Yeah, exactly. I hope that it does
start a conversation and we make changes with that
because you see the difference, and it’s just shocking,
like you were saying. -Well, we all talk about
diversity these days. We talk about,
you know, gender politics and we talk about
the environment. We try to be grown up
about this stuff. But the one thing it seems that
people don’t talk about so much is workers not being paid
a decent living wage. -Yeah. -I mean, the thing is — And some of these people
don’t have running water. It’s not like, you know, if you
just up their wages — It’s not like the company
is going to go down. -Yeah, they’re making
billions of dollars. -They’ve got a margin of error
that they can, like, rack it up a few dollars.
-Of course. I want to show a clip.
Here’s Steve Coogan in “Greed.” Take a look at this. -Is this an investigation
into my tax affairs? I pay what I have to and no more
because I’m not stupid. If you want to chase people
avoiding tax, why don’t you go after
the big boys? I mean, look at Apple.
Look at Amazon. Starbucks. Why are you chasing me? -Right, it’s — it’s not them. -I suggest you Google it,
Mr. Chairman. There’s another company.
How much tax did Google pay? Not very much. If you don’t believe me,
talk to Bono. He’s avoided hundreds of
millions of tax while claiming that U2
are based in Holland. Doesn’t stop him
going around the world in your nan’s sunglasses proclaiming about ending poverty
or whatever. This is him in the “Daily Mail.” “You’d be stupid not to try and
cut your tax bill,” says Bono. -Whoa. [ Cheers and applause ] -I’m always a little — I’m
always a little kind of, uh — I’m almost like, “Oh, God,
I hope Bono doesn’t see that.” [ Laughter ]
-Yeah, exactly. -And then I was thinking,
“I think he’ll survive some mild criticism from Steve
Coogan in an independent movie.” [ Laughter ] -He definitely will.
I think he’ll do okay, yeah. We love when you come by.
I wish you came by more often. I love you, man. Steve Coogan.