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Steve Coogan: 'I agree with some of Alan Partridge's opinions'

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Steve Coogan has said that some of Alan Partridge's politically incorrect comments are based on his own thoughts.

The I'm Alan Partridge comic actor believes that many of the fictional TV personality's opinions are shared by the wider British public.

Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan

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"Some of the things Alan says are the things that I think," Coogan revealed at a Q&A today, ahead of the comic's return on Sky Atlantic. "The only difference is that I edit them.

"I think a lot of the things Alan says, plenty of people think, they're just not allowed to say."

The 46-year-old further divulged: "I remember writing with Armando [Iannucci] and sometimes saying things as me and then Armando would say, 'Oh write that down, that will be funny for Alan'.

"We exploit my own weaknesses as Steve Coogan with Alan and utilise them. We channel the worst things into this character."

The star added: "Originally we made Alan two-dimensional. He was right-wing and intolerable. But I think he's funnier and there's more humour in him now, trying to be liberal and trying to move with the times. If he says something misogynistic and racist, it's from getting things wrong rather than intolerance.

"It's a character that's been around for 20 years and because the audience know the character, you can use that as a license to explore things. Audiences wouldn't pay attention with new characters, so in many ways it's a gift."

Coogan was appearing alongside Iannucci at the launch of Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life, which is the first special to launch on Sky Atlantic on Monday, June 25.

Watch Alan Partridge talking about the pitfalls of Geordie accents below:

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