Between Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, it all started in 1926 with a leg of lamb. Laurel and Hardy act together in ten films, but without a scene in common. And one day, the duo’s alchemy occurs… The biographer of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Roland Lacourbe, whose reference essay was published by Éditions de l’Archipel on the occasion of the release of the biopic Stan and Ollie , tells their true story.
Laurel and Hardy, from simple friendship to filmmaking projects
Initially, Laurel was Hardy. That is, Laurel, in his burlesque shorts where he was alone, was a domineering character. And all of a sudden, along with Hardy, he finds himself under him, under the dominance of this imposing character in his stature, in his size. In most of their work, there is always a mixture of humor. One day, Hardy, who enjoys cooking a lot, burns his hand while cooking a leg of lamb. he said “help help, I hurt myself”. He is therefore forced to go to the hospital and cannot shoot the following Monday. A...