The Big Tease
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|The Big Tease|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kevin Allen|
|Produced by||Philip Rose|
|Written by||Sacha Gervasi |
|Music by||Mark Thomas|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|December 24, 1999|
Ferguson plays Crawford Mackenzie, a Scottish hairdresser who, while being filmed as part of a fly-on-the-wall BBC documentary, is invited to the World Hairdresser International Federation annual contest. The documentary team (with Chris Langham playing the interviewer) follows Crawford to L.A., where he discovers that his invitation is to be a member of the audience rather than a competitor. He eventually weasels his way into the contest and produces the greatest creation of his career.
Other names for this filmEdit
- Craig Ferguson as Crawford Mackenzie
- Chris Langham as BBC Interviewer
- David Rasche as Stig
- Frances Fisher as Candy
- Mary McCormack as Monique
- Donal Logue as Eamonn
- Isabella Aitken as Mrs. Beasie Mackenzie
- Kevin Allen as Gareth Trundle
- Angela McCluskey as Senga Magoogan
It was filmed on location in Glasgow and Los Angeles. The inspiration for this film came from Craig Ferguson's desire to make a cheerful film celebrating Scottishness, as opposed to the epic nature of films like Braveheart and Rob Roy, or the downbeat quality of Trainspotting and Shallow Grave. The script was snapped up by Warner Brothers after a five-day bidding war. Warner Brothers was the only studio prepared to immediately greenlight the film. A fast turnaround was required so it could be shot while Ferguson was on hiatus from The Drew Carey Show.
It took casting director Kris Nicolau about five weeks to fill all seventy roles in the film.Frances Fisher was originally to read for the part of Monique, a role which went to Mary McCormack. Instead she opted to play Candy, the publicist.
Craig Ferguson attended a hairdressing institute to learn all about the art of hairdressing. The hairpieces used in the final Platinum Scissors competition are made from real human hair. Acrylic (which is normally used in wigs) doesn't photograph well and ends up looking like plastic. Each hairpiece weighed about 4 pounds (1.8 kg)
- "The Big Tease". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 11, 2016.