Steve Coogan has been talking about his upcoming movie Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
The comedian reprises his iconic TV role in the big-screen adaptation, which sees Partridge battling a fellow DJ in a Die Hard-style hostage drama.
"We're putting him into a situation," Coogan told Empire. "We had to make it filmic without throwing away the DNA that makes him Alan-like.
"So we kicked around a lot of ideas and ended up with something that's a bit Dog Day Afternoon and a bit Network. There is a threat level."
Director Declan Lowney explained: "Steve strives for stuff to be real, even with all the gags. That said, there's quite a bit of action. We've got violence, guns and heavy kissing."
The TV-to-film adaptation is written by Armando Iannucci, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons and Coogan, and opens in UK cinemas on August 7.
I'm Alan Partridge regulars Lynn (Felicity Montagu), Geordie BP garage worker Michael (Simon Greenall) and DJ Dave Clifton (Phil Cornwell) will return for the feature film.