'Stan & Ollie' Trailer: John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan Remain Friends in the Spotlight

The actors explore the muddled pasts of the famous comedy duo in the follow-up trailer for the biopic.

Sony Pictures Classics has shared the second trailer for Stan & Ollie, a biopic about the titular slapstick comedy duo starring John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan. As the pair embark on a stage tour across Britain after World War II, the trailer reveals cracks in the partners' friendship.

"You’re not still carrying that around, are you?" Reilly's Ollie confronts Coogan's Stan. "Because I went ahead and did a picture with someone else 16 years ago?"

The dialogue refers to the duo's rocky earlier days, bringing back skeletons each had been harboring for years. And Stan is quick to let Ollie know how those schisms affected him.

"I couldn’t sleep for days when they told me what you did," he tells his partner. "And I couldn’t sleep when I did it. You betrayed me. You betrayed our friendship. I loved us." To which Ollie fires back, "You loved Laurel and Hardy," referring to their stage names. "But you never loved me."

Later in the trailer, the pair must put their pasts aside as Ollie's future becomes increasingly unclear and his health begins to fail him. Despite Ollie's prior assumption, Stan shows his love for him by staying by his side throughout his heart complications.

"He asked me, since you were sick, if I wouldn’t mind carrying on the show with somebody else," Stan tells Ollie while sharing his hospital bed. However, the remainder of the trailer sees the two reunite onstage, friendlier than ever. "The show must go on," a wistful Stan says.

Directed by Jon S. Baird, Stan & Ollie hits theaters Dec. 28.