Alan Carr was displeased with the unfavourable representations of young actors seeking to play him in the new comedy Changing Ends.
The Chatty Man star, 46, stars in the ITV comedy based on his own childhood in Northampton as the son of a fourth-division football manager in the 1980s.
While Alan portrays himself in the current day in the six-part series, the comedian wanted a younger actor to represent himself as a youngster, and auditioned over 450 hopefuls.
However, not all of the aspiring mini-Alans appeared to understand the notion of flattery and proceeded to execute caricatures of the TV legend, he told Ranvir Singh on Thursday’s Lorraine.
Alan spoke talked about the show from the pitch where it was shot, talking about the quest for the ideal actor, which finally went to Belfast star Oliver Savell.
Alan said: ‘The boy playing me, Olly, is such a talent. We searched everywhere for little Alan and I got over 450 takes from people thinking they could play me as a kid.’
Alan received a deluge of applications after publishing a casting call on his own social media, but quipped that while some were ‘heartwarming,’ others were ‘downright insulting.’
Alan then did a parody impersonation of himself, thrusting his teeth out and emphasising his distinctive voice to highlight the unflattering auditions.
Baby Cow, the production company co-founded by Alan Partridge star Steve Coogan, produced Changing Ends.
Alan had told supporters that the series will be filled with memories and football.
He said: ‘If someone had told little old me back in Northampton that ITV would give me my own sitcom based on my life I would have choked on my Flumps.’
Alan continued: ‘Super proud that I can share my story with you – expect lots of giggles, pathos and nostalgia and believe it or not football – who knew?’
Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV and Changing Ends is on ITVX.
Source My Celebrity Life.