Try as he might, Cliff Starkey just can’t keep out of trouble. In his sleepy home town on the English coast, nothing much inspires him… apart from bowls.
Cliff has always preferred to play by his own rules much to the disapproval of the regimented, elderly bowls fraternity and before long, the bad boy of bowls is turning the sedate and very English pastime upside down with hysterical results.
Mel Smith on directing...
"Basically you have to go with your instinct. You can be on set, it can all be lit and you’re ready to go, it can be very easy to push on through and say, of course it’s funny, of course it works, because it always did. The secret is trusting your experience, your instinct and your judgement and as I said the comic ability of the actors you’re working with, because if you didn’t have that then you’d just be buggered anyway."
Paul Kaye on Cliff…
“I play Cliff Starkey, bowls maverick and street bowler-turned-stadium-bad boy”.
Johnny Vegas on Trevor…
“I play Trevor, who totally against type, is a kind of boozy, n’er do well sidekick in the film. I’m basically there to keep him off the straight and narrow and provide the kind of friendship he leaves behind when he gets a touch of fame. Which isn’t too far from the way the whole production’s panning out… Paul’s starting to go off to slightly better restaurants and we’re still relying on KFC. Art’s mimicking life really and the gap’s widening, but I’m not bothered…I’ve managed to make other friends here and I’ve made the most of being on location…”
Vince Vaughn on Rick Schwartz…
“Rick’s an American sports agent. He’s in the business of making money and feels that in every sport there are certain personalities that people are going to respond to – they’ll either love them or hate them. He sees a charisma in Cliff that audiences are going to respond to, so Rick capitalises on it”.
“Rick hasn’t even heard of bowls before, but he hears about this particular guy and Rick’s just in to selling excitement”.
Release Date: 5 September 2003
Running Time: tbc