'Philomena' Star 'Glad' For Catholic Background

Steve Coogan talks about his Oscar nominated film and his chemistry with Dame Judy Dench.
3:00 | 02/20/14

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We're counting down to the oscars. You are going to be there someday, I can feel it from "Gma" just over a week away and take a look now, one of the surprise contenders for best pictu picture, "Philomena." Here's a look. Reporter: They're the odd couple that have taken movie critics by storm. I had a hip replacement last year, martin. And it's titanium so it won't rust. That's a good job otherwise I would have to oil you back. Reporter: "Philomena" is based on a true story played by Judi Dench who travels to the U.S. To track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption when she was a teenager. Steve Coogan plays a hard-bitten journalist who decides to write about it and tag as long. Could it be possible not to use my real name what you write the story. What about Ann Boleyn. We have to use your real name, Philomena. Reporter: You produce it and co-wrote it. What drove you to this story? I read it in the newspaper four years ago. If you had a child out of wedlock 50 years ago in Ireland your family would often disown you so these mother/baby homes were set up and you would have your child and it would be sold to catholic often an American wealthy American couple. Did Philomena's story impact your views on the church at all? It did actually because I mean I'm from a catholic background although I'm not religious now. I'm glad that I had that education because I've taken -- I think I've taken the good stuff from it. Much of this modest movie's success is owed to the chemistry between Coogan and his leading lady who plays characters with almost nothing in common. Should we go for a walk? Get rid of the jet lag. You said you wanted to visit the Lincoln memorial. We could go and see Mr. Lincoln or we could watch on television, "Big momma's house." One other reason it resonates is because of this unbelievable connection the two of you have and this chemistry. We sort of burst the bubble. She made fun of me and accused me of having botox and collagen implants. And she I didn't. For the record. This touching film has been nominated for multiple oscars and guess who is keeping count? We've got four. It's very exciting. Listen, I didn't think we would get this far so it's all icing on the cake for me. Reporter: No matter who takes home an Oscar if ill Phil has made it a cleaver winner with audiences everywhere. Bianna golodryga, ABC news, new York. Beautiful and we're excited.

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