Transvestite comedian for Mayor of London?

Eddie Izzard chats candidly about the nine-year plan that culminates with him running for Mayor of London.


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Eddie Izzard – Eddie Izzard Planning Barefoot Desert Trek For Charity


British funnyman Eddie Izzard is planning to run barefoot through the African desert to raise money for charity, according to a U.K. report.
The actor has pushed himself to the limits to raise funds for good causes in recent years, including running 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometres) across the U.K. in 51 days in 2009.

Now he plans to complete his toughest challenge yet by running without shoes through the hot African landscape to boost funds for British charity Sport Relief, according to U.K. newspaper the Daily Mirror.

A source tells the publication, “It’s only a couple of months before the challenge is due to start so he really needs to get training. But last time he only started running five weeks before his first marathon so maybe he’s hoping the same build-up will work again.

“No one has ever done anything like this barefoot before so in a way he’s stepping into the unknown. It’s definitely his toughest challenge yet.”

The run is slated to take place in January or February (12).

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Eddie Izzard loves pirate role


EDDIE Izzard got so attached to the crutch he used as Long John Silver he took it HOME.
The actor and comedian learned to walk with it because his right leg is lopped off in the first episode of Sky1’s Treasure Island.

But Eddie, 49, couldn’t do without it — even after filming ended. He admitted: “I grew to love the crutch. It looks great.”

Eddie shaved his head to play the legendary pirate role and used a Cockney accent instead of the usual West Country twang. He said: “It twisted it a bit and made it mine.”

And he relished the gritty nature of the Christmas two-parter. He said: “I thought Treasure Island was like panto, but this has real edge.”


Eddie Izzard: ‘Sky1’s new Treasure Island is kick-ass like Goodfellas’

Eddie Izzard has compared his Sky1 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island to the Hollywood gangster film Goodfellas.

Izzard said that he had previously considered the story to be more like a “pantomime”, but claimed that the new two-part drama was “evil enough” to lure him into taking part.

“I agreed to do it because it is a Goodfellas style kick-ass version.” said the comic.

Izzard plays pirate villain Long John Silver, alongside a cast including Phillip Glenister, Donald Sutherland, Elijah Wood, Rupert Penry-Jones, Daniel Mays and Keith Allen.

“The line that I was using was that the original Batman was quite a campy Batman. Then Tim Burton took it, kept it still for the family, but added a real edge to it. This is like the first Tim Burton Batman films,” said Izzard.

“We want to keep everyone watching it, but we also want to add a real edge to it.”

Shot on location in Ireland and Puerto Rico, the two-part adaptation was written by Stewart Harcourt (Poirot, Marple) and directed by Steve Barron (Merlin).

Treasure Island will air on Sky1 over Christmas and New Year.

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Actors Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts Guest Star in the Original Series Set to Debut in Summer 2012


IFC’s Original Scripted Comedy, “Bullet in the Face,” Begins Production in Montreal.

NEW YORK, NY – October 6, 2011 – Production begins this week in Montreal, Canada on IFC’s newest original scripted series, Bullet in the Face, a six-part, half-hour comedic action thriller. Creator and executive producer Alan Spencer (Sledge Hammer!) developed the series with producers and executive producers Jesse Prupas and Evi Regev of Muse Entertainment and Just For Laughs Television. The cast includes Max Williams as Gunter Vogler, Neil Napier as Lieutenant Karl Hagerman, Jessica Steen as Commissioner Eva Braden, and Kate Kelton as Martine Mahler, alongside guest stars Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables) as notorious crime lords. The series is directed and co-executive produced by Erik Canuel (Barrymore, Bon Cop, Bad Cop) and will debut on IFC in summer 2012.

“Bullet in the Face melds the best of the action/thriller genre with IFC’s comedic sensibility,” said Debbie DeMontreux, senior vice president of original programming, IFC. “This is television like viewers have never seen before and Alan Spencer is the perfect ‘slightly off’ talent to help us bring this new format to audiences.”

“Just for Laughs and Muse Entertainment have long been searching for a unique and edgy comedy to produce together and we were thrilled to find a fantastic and supportive broadcast partner in IFC. We are proud to say that Bullet in the Face is unlike anything else out there, combining hilarity, thrills and non-stop action,” say Executive Producers Michael Prupas (Muse Entertainment) and Bruce Hills (Just for Laughs).

“I am very happy to be doing this show for a network that is ‘slightly off’ as I have been off my whole life,” commented Alan Spencer.

Following a botched jewel heist, sociopath criminal Gunter Vogler awakens in a hospital, surrounded by cops, his head wrapped in bandages. When the bandages come off Gunter’s new face is revealed and police force him to work undercover to take down the city’s crime lords.

Bullet in the Face is produced by Montreal’s Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Just For Laughs Television. Executive producers for IFC are Debbie DeMontreux, Dan Pasternack, Jennifer Caserta and Evan Shapiro.

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Eddie Izzard takes on the punishing Malibu triathlon


The grueling race features a half mile swim, 18 mile bike ride and four mile run. But marathon veteran and exercise junkie Eddie Izzard barely halted for breath. The brutal triathlon shows that the comedian has kept fighting fit since his famous 2009 marathon.

Often thought of as more challenging than a straightforward marathon due to the different muscles used for each portion, triathlons require long term intensive training. The 49-year-old must have done the groundwork, as he completed each part of the race with apparent ease, reached the finish line looking fresh as a daisy. Eddie made headlines in 2009 with his astonishing marathon for Sports Relief.

Despite claiming to have trained for only five weeks, Eddie ran at least 27 miles per day, six days a week, for seven weeks.
He covered more than 1,110 miles of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, and received a special award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009 for his achievements. However Eddie is planning something completely different for his next venture.

‘I’m going into politics in nine years time,’ the star told the New Zealand herald earlier this month.
‘I already announced that two years ago. I have been campaigning politically. I am a radical centrist, but I do believe in a safety net and encouraging people to set up businesses.’

‘I love the business model of Pixar, the business model of Apple, and Google, and Ben and Jerry’s. I love Richard Branson. I like ideas and initiative, putting things out, encouraging kids to go and do it,’ he said.

‘It’s like Peter Jackson saying, “I’m going to take on the whole world, I’m going to do this stuff, and I’m going to do it in different ways,” That’s just great. It’s having imagination, energy, love, all that. And having a positive heart behind it.’


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Eddie Izzard Will Make Guest Appearance on CBS’ “The Good Wife”


Tony Award nominee Eddie Izzard has signed on for a guest appearance in the upcoming season of the CBS series “The Good Wife,” according to

Izzard will play Abbott Thrush, an upper-class English barrister brought in to fight Lockhart/Gardner in a libel case that finds its way into British court.

The actor is currently scheduled for one episode, but co-creators and executive producers Robert and Michelle King are leaving it open for a possible return.

“The Good Wife” stars Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies (“ER,” Festen) as a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband’s very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail. According to CBS, “Pushing aside the betrayal and crushing public humiliation caused by her husband, Peter, Alicia Florrick starts over by pursuing her original career as a defense attorney.”

Izzard was nominated for a Tony Award in 2003 for his performance in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and has also been seen on Broadway in Race. His film credits include “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Across the Universe” and “Valkyrie.”

“The Good Wife” will return to CBS Sept. 25 and air Sunday nights at 9 PM ET.

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Eddie Izzard live at the Sara Lee Trust


IT’S NOT everyday that an internationally acclaimed megastar can find time in their busy schedule to offer their support to a local charity.

However Eddie Izzard did just that earlier this week when he joined in double celebrations at the Sara Lee Trust.

The world-renowned comedian, actor and charity fund-raising marathon runner, fresh off the plane from his appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, officially opened the Sara Lee Trust charity shop in Endwell Road.

Along with guests, including trustees, volunteers, friends and patients, he also celebrated the Trust’s 15th birthday.

Eddie grew up in Bexhill and wanted to offer his support the Trust, which provides complementary therapies, creative arts therapies, counselling and sanctuary days to people living with cancer, motor neurone disease and HIV/Aids in Hastings and Rother

The charity was launched in 1996 by Sally and Jeremy Lee, following the death of their daughter Sara to cancer in 1995. Sara used complementary therapies throughout her two-year illness and Sally said she had found them to be a great source of comfort and support.

It was Sara’s wish that, after her death, a Trust be set up to help people with cancer who found it difficult to source their own therapies and pay for them.

After her death her family and friends set up the Sara Lee Trust to allow others to experience what Sara had achieved, “to live life to the full in spite of the cancer within”.

Sally said she was “delighted” that Eddie found time out of his busy schedule to attend the event. Bravely speaking of her family’s loss and Sara’s inspiration for the Trust, Sally said: “Sara really wanted to look as well as she could right to the end and continued to work right up to six weeks before she died.

“It’s marvellous that out of the terrible tragedy for our family something lovely has begun. It’s great to be able to offer some respite to patients who are having a dreadful time.

“Sara would love it.”

Eddie spent close to two hours at the celebratory event, posing for photographs, signing autographs, chatting with guests. He spoke candidly of his feelings, praising the work the Sara Lee Charity and of his thoughts on Bexhill.

Eddie said: “I think this charity is a brilliant idea, and that your daughter could be so pro-active when she was so ill is amazing. I never saw enough pro-activity in Bexhill, and to see this is brilliant.”

It’s a charity that Eddie empathises with, having lost both his mum to cancer when he was just six years old and his grandfather suffered from motor neurone disease

Losing his mum at an early age made a big impact on his life but Eddie said he found a way of dealing with the emotions the tragedy evoked. “When I do comedy I release a lot from my childhood from when mum died.”

More insight into his childhood along with treasured home-movie clips can be seen in Eddie’s DVD Believe, The Eddie Izzard Story, an openly frank and fascinating documentary released in 2010.

Eddie said his energy is in his genes, passed down from his grandfather and his dad, John, a well-known figure in Bexhill for his many charitable works. “Age is an attitude of mind. Dad is 83 and still has a lot of energy. I’m 22 in my head.”

Eddie recently appeared at the De La Warr Pavilion and says he longs for Bexhill to return to its former glory days:

“I have mixed feelings about Bexhill. It was built as a ‘young’ town from the Victorians to the motor-racing that used to happen here.

“I’d like to see motor racing, or something like that, return. I believe in a youthful Bexhill.

“What is there in this town for young people to do? I want to see more shops in Bexhill but I know there is this battle going on with those who want change and those who don’t .”

He added: “I like to shake things up!”

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Izzard, Hoskins take dwarf roles?


Eddie Izzard could play the biggest dwarf Tiberius in the film Snow White

Eddie Izzard and Bob Hoskins are reportedly in talks to play dwarves in Snow White.
Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan and Steven Graham are also in negotiations to sign up to Rupert Sanders’ big-screen adaptation of the classic fairytale, the Heat Vision blog said.

Eddie is tipped to play Tiberius, the biggest and burliest dwarf of the crew, with Bob as blind dwarf Constantine and Toby as timid dwarf Claudius.

They would join Ian McShane, who is also apparently waiting for the part of Caesar, the leader of the dwarves.

Kristen Stewart is already on board as the eponymous heroine, with Charlize Theron as her evil stepmother and Thor’s Chris Hemsworth as the huntsman who trains the princess to fight back.

Eddie will next be heard as part of the Cars 2 voice cast, while Toby will be seen in The Adventures Of Tintin and Captain America: The First Avenger alongside Dominic Cooper.

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Laughs in the Park 2011 returns to St Albans with Eddie Izzard

The groundbreaking open-air comedy festival is back bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, which featured Izzard, Dylan Moran and Reginald D Hunter over three successive nights at Verulamium Park in St Albans.

This summer’s line-up for the same venue includes Izzard once again, along with Ross Noble and Irish stand-up superstar Tommy Tiernan.


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Eddie Izzard to pull out the ol’ American accent again for FX


With The Riches, Eddie Izzard was among the first to have an interesting, critically acclaimed series nevertheless meet an untimely end on FX, but apparently he’s not one for grudges: The network is reportedly developing an untitled drama with Izzard playing an ex-congressman who recovers from his own career-ending sex scandal by helping others fix their own crises using his connections and whatever means necessary, including “blackmail, theft, or even a gun to someone’s head.” You know, just like what Chris Lee is doing now, in his daydreams.

And while Izzard definitely deserves another shot, unfortunately this is a rather popular premise of late, reminiscent of both Showtime’s House Of Lies, where Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell similarly employ extreme measures in procuring information for clients of their consulting firm, and also Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes’ look at the sexy, probably love triangle-filled world of crisis management. So… perhaps it’s not too late to make all the politicians aliens, just to shake things up? (Meanwhile, Chris Barron sits by the phone, just combing his beard and waiting to hear that one of these shows will be called Spin Doctors.)

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