Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck The 10 Best Films Of 2002 The 10 Best Films Of 2002 Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 10 Best Films Of 2001 The 10 Best Films Of 2001 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

Bonbonbonbons: Peter Serafinowicz Bringing Comic Creation Brian Butterfield To The Big Screen

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist November 9, 2011 at 9:44AM

Who would have thought, twelve years ago, that the man voicing Darth Maul, the villain in the miserable "Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace," would turn out to be such a potent comic talent? But over the last decade or so, Peter Serafinowicz has proven himself to be one of the funniest men around.
8
Peter Serafinowicz Brian Butterfield

Who would have thought, twelve years ago, that the man voicing Darth Maul, the villain in the miserable "Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace," would turn out to be such a potent comic talent? But over the last decade or so, Peter Serafinowicz has proven himself to be one of the funniest men around. The Liverpool-born actor/writer/director cropped up on Edgar Wright's "Spaced" around the same time as his Star Wars gig, and ever since has won more and more fans through appearances in the likes of "Look Around You," "I'm Alan Partridge," "Archer," "Running Wilde" and films like "Shaun of the Dead," "Couples Retreat" and "Killing Bono."

Serafinowicz was meant to be playing Paul McCartney in Robert Zemeckis' performance capture remake of "Yellow Submarine," but that film's cancellation hasn't caused him too many problems, as he's been carving out as a side-career as a music video director, for artists like Hot Chip and Alex Metric. We named him earlier in the year as one of five promo helmers likely to step into features soon, and it looks like the nature of the project that he'd like to make has been revealed. 

In an interview in, of all places, an advertorial in the current issue of Empire Magazine, for promotion of his online radio series the "Orange Film To Go Show," Serafinowicz dicusses his future plans and restates that a role has been earmarked for him in the "Arrested Development" movie. He also says "I'm writing a feature film, with my sketch-show character Brian Butterfield as a detective." Serafinowicz also told The Guardian earlier in the year that "I'm just trying to put together my first feature film," so it seems likely that Serafinowicz would also direct the project. 

Brian Butterfield was one of the highlights of Serafinowicz's 2007 BBC sketch show "The Peter Serafinowicz Show," an obese middle-aged man who's proved incompetent at running a karaoke club, a diet plan and a private detective agency, the latter of which looks likely to be the basis for the big-screen version. Check out a compilation of his greatest hits below. There's no word where the film might be set-up, so it's clearly early days yet, but this is certainly promising news. Hopefully more concrete word will arrive soon.

This article is related to: Peter Serafinowicz


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates