Full Monty it was always more than a penis.
For those of you who are somehow weary of watching sculpted men yawn naked on TV and in movies, remember this: Full Monty Premiering in 1997, the final reveal was seismic, though the six men had their backs to the camera.
With the exception of the Chippendales dancers, whose crash and grind roadshows ignited the idea of baring all of their friends, men weren’t doing striptease back then, at least in mainstream movies. (Something that might be hard to believe in our post-Magic Mike The title alludes to the final scene where they throw their privacy-protecting hats at a herd of booing women.
“It was a terrible experience that will never be repeated,” recalls Robert Carlyle.
In Gas, Carlyle (trainspotting) convinced unemployed British steelworkers and a few other local men to rowdy that dancing for drunk women could be a fun way to make quick money. It was 26 years ago.
And now they’re back.
Let’s get to what you’re wondering – they’re not stripping on the FX series, which premieres eight episodes on Hulu on June 14. The gang is all here though.
Of course they have aged. Who didn’t? Yet these lovable characters stay true to who they are. Who would believe it if the gas suddenly gave stock cues with a posh accent instead of champagne cocktails in a reboot series? Instead, she’s still trying to make a living, trying to get by with charm. It even works sometimes.
“One of the things I love about the character is that he has a huge heart,” Carlyle tells The Daily Beast’s Obsessed Over Zoom from a Manhattan hotel room. “He doesn’t always get it right. He rarely gets it right, but he has a sense of justice, of right and wrong.
Gaz remains the heart of the story, a perennial mistake but a loving father and grandfather. (IT have It’s been 26 years.) The series reunites the original cast with writer Simon Beaufoy, who introduced new characters and expanded other roles. The big truth that has emerged this time is a bare truth: Life doesn’t always get easier.
Same Nation, New Facts
Mark Addy (game of Thrones) instills in Dave the kindness you want in a neighbor. He’s still a big tough guy and has been married to Jean (Lesley Sharp) all these years. Dave is now the caretaker at the school where Jean is the head teacher. He is the caring adult a bullied child can turn to, but Dave is unaware that his innocent interest in a child’s well-being seems suspicious.
Like any marriage that has survived for decades, Dave and Jean have endured many things, including one thing they haven’t mentioned: the death of their 7-month-old son. sharp (Before death) is now contemplating an unusual opportunity to revisit a character who has gone beyond her original role as a loving wife.
“The dynamic between Dave and Jean has changed,” says Sharp from his home in southeast London. “Jean was Dave’s biggest supporter in 1997. And that changed when we caught Dave and Jean in 2023 and Dave became Jean’s cheerleader.”
Jean’s grief has shaped her career as she tries to numb the pain of losing her son as she knows she and Dave can’t have any more children. She is constantly working and her marriage is at a crossroads. Jean tries to keep this crumbling school going even as the pipes of poor workmanship burst and the flood destroys the music room.
This detail is important as it shows how managers in disadvantaged areas had to beg private-sector overlords for basic care. Jean is forced to cancel the music program that reminds them of the deep cuts made to poor school districts from the Thatcher years.
As the couple struggles and Gaz and Dave take the steps of their relationship—Gaz drags Dave into crazy plans until he gets angry and walks away—the other friends are enjoying lives that have logically evolved over the past decades. saw them undress on the screen.
Lomper (Steve Huison) runs a cafe with her husband Dennis (Paul Clayton). Crown), a new character that seamlessly joins the community. Meanwhile, Lomper hasn’t gotten any smarter over the years.
Horse (Paul Barber, Just fools and horses), the elder of the group is stunned by modern life and impressed by the social services system that should help him. A scene where he tries to pay for himself at a convenience store is heartbreaking.
And Tom Wilkinson as Gerald (Michael Clayton), once their foremen, then their choreographer, are still arched. He takes on the air of self-righteousness. Remember that scene in the movie where your friends were auditioning? Gerald pretended to read the newspaper so as not to look into the eye of a handyman (or so-called burly member) who had worked at his home.
First Movie, Then Musical, Now Series
Taking such a popular movie and adapting it to another form is a big risk. A photo taken earlier in 2000. Full Monty It was turned into a musical with a book by Terrence McNally and music by David Yazbek. It aired on Broadway for nearly two years and earned nine Tony nominations.
It was a hit from the start.
Until Titanic he won, Full Monty It was the highest-grossing film in the UK, grossing 71 times its cost. People may not remember that it won four Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Music) and that Anne Dudley’s music won. But they are sure to remember that they like these guys.
“She is loved by many,” Addy says of her home in East Yorkshire. “Of course the danger is that you’ll spoil it in some way. I think we were all very aware of the value of the movie and we didn’t want to diminish it in any way. But of course you have the same writer who has lived with these characters as long as we do and thinks about them a lot more than we probably do. ”
Co-writer Alice Nutter wrote the script for the new show, along with Beaufoy. Like the movie, the series packs a political punch but never preaches. Inequalities are simply presented. Twenty-six years ago, steelworkers in Sheffield had no choice but to become unemployed. Still none today. The city is barely holding on. The buildings are even more shabby; public services are more eroded.
Despite everything, it is brutal but interesting because of the friendliness and optimism the characters have.
Ultimately, this is a story about friendship and how you help others. And that gives everyone some hope. Clumsy Gas always spawns, even when the powers don’t come.
Uberto Pasolini, who produced the film and executive produced the series, remembers how he came up with the idea. Full Monty. A friend of mine suggested a movie about men doing striptease, “which wasn’t very interesting. It involved drugs and weird stuff,” Pasolini says. “But I was a big fan of a movie called Ken Loach. foot set”
Carlyle also starred in it, and it was about guys working on a construction site. “Finally foot set, they go out and the construction site is on fire, ”says Pasolini. “And I always thought, what are these people going to do next? And I basically combined two ideas. I saw them walking in front of a Chippendales poster, and that’s what happened in the movie back then, and then they say we’re going to do it, and that’s how I really started.”
He stops at a tavern in the Peloponnese, Greece, where he works with Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche. Return, a new approach Odyssey, Pasolini remembers envisioning the men as miners. She had studied in Wales and knew what the Thatcher years had done to the coal mining industry. But Oscar winner Beaufoy Slum Millionaire, He is from Yorkshire and has knowledge of steelworkers. Pasolini was good at changing locale and things. The strenuous work is different, but the consequences of the cratering of lifestyles are the same.
Over the years Pasolini and Beaufoy have talked about how much they love these characters and want to make a sequel, but it had to be true.
“We weren’t sure what the cause would be,” Pasolini admits. “Simon wrote something about social standing, about what it means to be an unemployed man, about being disenfranchised, which is a very collective piece. What it meant to be a man who had lost his identity, his sense of life, his sense of purpose. When you lose your job, you also lose your family’s livelihood job. In other words, there was a social destruction brought about by the Thatcher government.
“And 25 years later, we found ourselves in a similar situation with the de facto 15-year Tory government, which robbed the social safety net from people, from people who were used to receiving unemployment benefits, from functioning hospitals, functioning schools.” continues. “We thought it would be a good opportunity to revisit our old friends and see the state of the country. However, provided it was with our original cast. And the latter will be sustained by the blend of comedy and humanity inherent in Simon’s writings.”
Pasolini adds that Beaufoy, who was unable to be interviewed because of the WGA strike, “wanted to bring in a new generation.” “This question asks what it means to be the parent of children growing up in today’s world?”
to hold Full Monty Fresh
The addition of younger characters also aims to help attract younger audiences. Gaz’s daughter, Destiny (Talitha Wing, Kurd), although he is still a teenager, he is tough and fed up with the world. After all, he also lives in Sheffield. Everyone there knows what it means to struggle.
Yet in the name of all that is holy, do not call these men the spice of the Earth and dismiss them as cute shoes. They’re just workers who want stability. Men only: some straight, some gay, one black, others white, some barely getting along, others perched dangerously in the middle class. No one is beyond the threat of what will happen if something goes wrong. The state’s safety net is not just fragmented; it seems to exist to trap and strangle people.
“There were no jobs,” Carlyle remembers growing up in Glasgow. “There was nothing. It was just prosperity. That’s how I grew up. Today I’m so far from that… I mean, here I am, an actor, I live here in New York. It’s like a million miles from that. my heart is still there.”
When Carlyle confirmed he would play Gaz, Pasolini asked the others. Nobody hesitated. Addy, Carlyle and Sharp say they will continue if the series is renewed. The producer enjoys the idea of going beyond these eight episodes. Its original goal remains to “maintain a sense of optimism in the individual.”
Pasolini quotes Thatcher’s famous quote: “There is no such thing as society.” “Well, I think the message of the first movie, and what we wanted to cling to, was that it was there. is is something like a community,” Pasolini continues, “and consists of individuals who care about each other and are there for each other in times of need.”
“To me, that’s the most important thing the original film conveys, and I hope the series does as well,” he continues. “And I think it’s very touching. Frankly, I have an investment in the original; I lived. I edited These people have been living with me for a very long time. But when we come to the eighth episode of the series, when I see those young and old images, I am shattered and I get really emotional together. A sense of unity, a sense of community, a sense of togetherness, a sense of support and love for each other – that’s really everything to me.
I mean, it really was always more than a penis.
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