Rebel Wilson worked in chip shop for movie role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 November 2015
Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson researched her new role in soccer hooligan flick 'The Brothers Grimsby' by working in a chip shop

Rebel Wilson worked in a chip shop to prepare for her new role in 'The Brothers Grimsby'.

The 'Pitch Perfect 2' star - who plays Lindsey in the Sacha Baron Cohen film - got a taste of life in Grimsby, England by drinking in traditional pubs, working as a fish fryer and watching 'Benefits Street', which follows working-class people living off welfare.

She revealed: "For research, I watched the TV show 'Benefits Street', went to some English pubs, did karaoke and even worked in a fish-and-chip shop."

The 35-year-old comedienne was able to "relate" to the working-class characters in the movie as she came from a disadvantaged upbringing herself.

She told Cosmopolitan: "​Coming from an underprivileged background myself, I can really relate to the working-class thing [in the film]."

Elsewhere, Rebel admitted she is "unique" and not your stereotypical Hollywood actress.

She added: "​Being unique and different was a really good thing.

"When I walked into my agent's office for the first time [in 2009], they looked at me and said, 'Wow, we have nobody on our books like you.'

"And they signed me on my second day here."


  • 2 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 23min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Louis Leterrier
  • Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane
  • UK release: 24 February 2016

Football hooligan Nobby (Baron Cohen) discovers that his long-lost brother Sebastian (Strong) is a suave intelligence operative: cue wacky hijinks. A weak satirical thread about Tory scaremongering isn't enough to redeem the outdated laddish humour and the fact that Nobby is one of Baron Cohen's most forgettable characters.

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