Scottish vintage specialist Scaramanga is on cloud nine after one of its antique suitcases stars in new Laurel & Hardy biopic, Stan & Ollie.
The film is the ninth Hollywood or major UK movie to use products from the Cupar-based firm in seven years. It stars Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy and follows the comedy legends’ ill-starred variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. It was written by Philomena screenwriter Jeff Pope and was filmed at Pinewood Studios, Dudley, Bristol and Worthing.
The new role for the Cupar vintage specialist came about when a props buyer, who’d previously sourced items from Scaramanga for 2015 movie Pan, called owner Carl Morenikeji in December 2016 looking for a period suitcase urgently, to be used in “a significant scene”. Carl was able to supply a very large 1920s/’30s brown leather suitcase with corner-protecting patches and leather internal straps.
Now Carl and the staff at Scaramanga are waiting with bated breath to see what role their case plays in the film, which reveals the tensions in the relationship between the comedy legends.
Other major movie supply roles for the Fife firm have included last summer’s blockbuster Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, Paddington 2, Maleficent, Victoria & Abdul, Pan, The Legend of Tarzan and Dark Shadows.
The company, which sells its range of vintage bags, furniture and homewares both online and in its Cupar store, has also been used as a supplier of antique props for TV shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Peaky Blinders, The Crystal Maze, Celebrity Big Brother, Jericho, Hollyoaks and 60 Minute Makeover.
Speaking about the firm’s latest silver screen success, Carl Morenikeji said: “It’s great to see another of our products chosen for a key role in another fine film. Although this is the ninth major movie to feature our products, we’re as excited as we were the first time.
“I’ve been a fan of Laurel and Hardy since I was a child and have visited the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston, Cumbria.
“We recently decided to stock even more of this kind of vintage travel case and trunks as they’re becoming more popular for use as home storage, so anyone wanting to buy something similar can do so on our website. Or pop into our store on the outskirts of Cupar to see these and other items just like those we’ve sold to film and TV productions.”
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