The BBC comedy Absolutely Fabulous chronicles Edina Monsoon and her best friend Patsy, whose quest in life is to indulge themselves with booze, drugs, and various other narcissistic behaviour, much to the chagrin of Edina's daughter Saffron. This, apparently, is not just how things go for the characters but also on the film set with the actresses who portray them in the upcoming film that is set to release on July 1 later this year.
Producers of the movie have backed up reports stating that, whilst filming the movie in the French Riviera, the cast went into method acting by indulging quite heavily on booze -- to the extent that producers were forced to have the cast and crew abstain while filming on location.
A source said: “Cast and crew were acting like Patsy and Edina, there was lots and lots of partying. It was getting so out of hand producers had to remind everyone that while they didn’t mind them drinking after the cameras stopped rolling, during filming was a big no-no. This really was a case of life imitating art. It was probably the funniest film to work on in years. Everyone had a blast." The source continued, “There are still a lot of celebrities who haven’t been revealed and when their names come out people will understand why it is so funny.”
The celebrity cameo list is being kept under wraps to make their on-screen appearances all the more hilarious for the viewing audience. The show originally ran from 1992-1996 but was brought back on for additional season from 2001 to 2004; there were also three 20th anniversary episodes in 2011 and 2012.
Jennifer Saunders, who co-wrote the script with her comedy partner Dawn French, had said she was "euphoric" after writing the film and added this: “Once you’ve had a bit of success, the last thing you want to do is go and make a flop. So the biggest fear in me is that it won’t be good enough.”
Let us hope that the crew can sober up long enough to get this film to the big screen, not hitting someone up from the drunk tank asking for bail money.