David Byrne: ‘I’d like to see Steve Coogan to play me on the big screen’

Talking Heads frontman says he would "love to see" the 'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa' actor play him in a film

David Byrne has said that he would love to see Steve Coogan play him in a film version of his life.

The Talking Heads frontman was quizzed on the possibility of the Alan Partridge actor taking on the role after Coogan told NME he would love to play Byrne in an interview in this week’s issue of NME, on newsstands now and available digitally.

Coogan, who played Factory Records boss Tony Wilson in 2002’s fictionalised account of the Madchester years, 24 Hour Party People, said Byrne is the next musical figure he’d be keen to bring to the big screen. “He hasn’t done what a lot of rock stars do, which is just conform to what they do and what everyone wants them to be,” he said. “He does his own thing and hopefully enough people like it to sustain it. It’d be fun wearing his big suits too.”

Speaking about the possibility of seeing Coogan play him on the big screen in response, Byrne said: “Steve came the last time I played in London. He was there. So you never know. OK, I would love to see that!”

Byrne also suggested that Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen might do a job of bringing his life to the big screen, having witnessed the comic actor impersonating him onstage at a gig. “Fred is a comedian, actor and musician who is in the TV show Portlandia. I went to see a singer called Joan As Police Woman at a small club and Fred was the opening act. He didn’t know I was in the audience, but he did an imitation of me that was really good. Really good! He found out I was in the audience, and I think he was a little bit like, ‘Oh shit!'”

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa opened at cinemas across the UK on August 7. Director Declan Lowney recently spoke about the plot, which places Steve Coogan’s hapless DJ in a hostage situation. “The notion of Alan being caught up in a hostage situation is outlandish, but how it happens is perfectly believable,” Lowney explained. “Steve strives for stuff to be real, even with all the gags. That said, there’s quite a bit of action. We’ve got violence, guns and heavy kissing.”