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Blistering Triumph Of Marathon Man Eddie Izzard


THE agony of everyexploding blister and every aching muscle was written across Eddie Izzard’s face in Marathon Man … and still he kept running.

His challenge was to run an incredible 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief notching up more than 1,000 miles along the way.

The popular comedian had never done a marathon before, but undeterred he took the road and began running.

Eddie soon discovered the pain of the long distance runner as blisters began popping up and his legs started to struggle with the challenge of clocking up miles every day.
The experts told him to walk up the hills, to take a rest when necessary, but Eddie wasn’t having any of it. He was relentless even when it was plain to see he was
totally exhausted at times.

“The positive thing about today,” he said lying wearily in the back of the support van, “is ….? There’s nothing positive about today.”

Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man on BBC 3 captured Eddie as he kept going and
going in all weathers and conditions.

It was hard to watch as he struggled in the early stages, but then Eddie seemed to find the physical and mental energy to push ahead with his challenge.

He put up messages on Twitter along the way, was welcomed by passers-by …
and never stopped.

It seemed an impossible challenge, but steady Eddie got the job done.

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Eddie’s marathon quest is no drag


0503_Eddie-Izzard_H_526728tEddie Izzard is in the British Olympic medical centre, telling a doctor he plans to run a marathon a day, six days a week, for seven weeks — a round trip of 1,166 miles through England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in aid of Sport Relief.

“I’ve run before,” Eddie tells him, “but mainly for buses.” Ha-ha! This is Eddie Izzard, after all, brilliant stand-up comedian, accomplished actor and also a transvestite more used to treading the boards in high heels than pounding the roads in trainers.

No, but seriously, what running has he done? “When I was a kid I ran around a bit in the playground. I think I was built for running,” says Eddie, who looks like he was built for lying on a sofa.

Ha-ha! And how long has he been training?

Three weeks. A professional athlete would normally take nine months to prepare for a feat like this, so how long has Eddie got? Five weeks. The doctor puts down his pen and turns to the camera crew: “Is this for real?”

But it is for real.

Five weeks later, having been whipped by his trainer, Dr Greg Whyte, into the best possible shape a tubbyish, 47-year-old man with no running experience can be, Eddie sets off from Trafalgar Square for his first 26.2-mile stretch, English flag in hand, accompanied by the camera crew and the medical team, travelling in an ice-cream van and a battery-powered rickshaw.

Eddie’s running technique is as digressive as his comedy act. He stops off to sightsee, nips into a shop to buy a Calippo and admires some ducks.

Nine miles in, his stop-start routine catches up with him as old injuries begin to flare up. But he makes it to the end, slowly, in 10 gruelling hours.

By the end of the second day, his legs are already seizing up and there are blisters on his feet. The medic lances them, gives him painkilling injections and fits orthopaedic inner soles to his trainers to compensate for his flat feet.

He looks mentally and physically exhausted by the third day.

This is no vanity-driven celebrity star trek. Eddie’s in agony all the time. The blisters become infected and he strips a long tendon in his right leg.

His manager, though, knows he will carry on. “He has no fear,” she says. “He’s walked the New York subway in six-inch heels.”

Eddie perks up when he’s joined for a few miles by a 72-year-old athlete who ran across America in 64 days straight.

Everyone, this man says, runs to prove something to themselves. For Eddie, charity aside, the goal on this first leg seems to be to reach the house in Wales he shared with his mother, who died when he was six.

When he does, it’s a moving moment, full of happy and sad memories.

It seems to regenerate him, driving him on through the Brecon Beacons, a punishing series of steep hills. Episode one leaves him nine marathons in, his brain and body at last beginning to click together.

There’s a lot of running ahead, but this is a terrific piece of television, funny, touching and genuinely inspiring, and worth every painful step. Go, Eddie!

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Eddie Izzard prepares for his big night

[from the bbc]

British comedian Eddie Izzard says hosting this year’s Independent Spirit Awards will be his first and last Hollywood awards show gig.
They recognise the best independent films, with Precious, (500) Days of Summer, The Last Station, Amreeka and Sin Nombre all in the running for Best Picture.
Eddie’s also the subject of new documentary Believe, which covers his comedy, cross-dressing and childhood and features George Clooney.


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Mediaweek TV: Eddie Izzard Q&A


Eddie Izzard is by no means a traditional stand-up comic.

So when IFC announced that the British-bred performer would host the cable channel’s broadcast of the 25th Annual Independent Spirit Awards on Friday, March 5, some eyebrows were raised. After all, how would Izzard meld his iconoclastic brand of humor with the traditional awards-show format?

Correspondent Alan Frutkin sat down with Izzard to talk about the comic’s hosting strategy, his view of Hollywood’s acting community and cursing on live television.

>>View the video here

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Eddie Izzard: Awards show host, action transvestite

[from USA Today]

izzardx-largeSteve Coogan dressed in a Batman costume last year when he hosted the Independent Spirit Awards, so the die has been cast for fellow British comedian Eddie Izzard, this year’s emcee.

“I’m going to come out in my suit, just wearing ordinary clothes. I’m going to try and outdo Steve by underdoing what he did,” says Izzard, who’s waiting until the last minute to pick out an outfit for the big event, which airs live on IFC at 11 ET Friday night.

Unfortunately for fans who have long followed his career as a stand-up comedian often clad in women’s fashions, Izzard won’t be wearing a dress.

“I am an action transvestite — not a transvestite transvestite,” he says. “Wearing dresses and fighting people is my main thing, but I’m not going to be in girly mode at all. This is about giving away bits of metal you can kill people with, and I think that’s what we all want. We all want to come away with a weapon.”

The Independent Spirit Awards honor the independent-film community. Oscar front-runners such as Precious and its supporting-actress favorite, Mo’Nique, will share the stage as nominees with other filmmakers and performers who embrace the same DIY sensibility.

It’s something Izzard can relate to. The comedian, 48, who follows the likes of Coogan, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson and John Waters in hosting the awards, says the independent films he has been a part of —The Cat’s Meow, Circus, Shadow of the Vampire, etc. — have a special place in his heart.

“I love that work, and the people putting it together on a wing and a prayer and changing in a dustbin. I’m a transvestite with a career — I have independence written through my spine! You can’t really be corporate if you’re me.”

Even so, Izzard also has found success on stage and television. He was nominated for a 2003 best-actor Tony for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. And he co-starred with Minnie Driver in the 2007-2008 FX series The Riches.

Izzard embraced his own independent spirit recently by running 43 marathons in 51 days and circling the United Kingdom — or, as he calls it, “a charity version of Lord of the Rings, where I was taking the ring back but all the orcs were cheering me on: ‘Come on! Good luck, lad!’ ”

Now he’s setting his sights on doing an Iron Man triathlon, with the bonus of swimming and biking. “I’m just going to measure out the distance and do it. I don’t have to do the organized ones. I just do the disorganized ones,” he says. “We’re supposed to be running, hunting and attacking the next tribe to us. We’re not designed for PlayStations and cake.”

Even though this is his first awards-hosting gig, Izzard does have experience on his side: “I’ve talked to aircraft hangars full of people, so that’s not a problem. It’s going to be a lot of people with headphones going, ‘3, 2, 1, go!’ ”

But he does promise that this is the only one you’ll ever see him do.

“I just want to do one shot, leave it all out there on the pitch. I have no idea what I’m going to do, and I haven’t watched any of the films, and I don’t know who’s going to be there, and I don’t want to meet anyone.

“That’s the shot I’m taking,” Izzard jokes. “It’s just about our desperation for love and winning — we want to win and you want to beat the other guys down so that they have a bad rest of their life.”

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Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man BBC3, Thursday 10.30pm

Most people would be happy running the London Marathon for charity once in their life. Others may enter it multiple years. Running 43 marathons? In the space of 51 days? That’s crazy. But that’s just what Eddie Izzard did to raise money for Sports Relief. This first part of a three-episode documentary covers Izzard’s training regime (a dizzyingly breif two weeks) and his first few marathons.

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Eddie on The Wanda Sykes Show


Chris Rock and Ray Romano have signed on for this Saturday’s edition of “The Wanda Sykes Show.”

With “Saturday Night Live” still pre-empted by the Olympics, Fox’s still-young late-night show has put together its most star-studded panel discussion yet. In addition to Rock and Romano, Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Colin Quinn will also be on “Wanda” this Saturday as part of the show’s regular roundtable segment.

Sykes will also do a one-on-one interview with Eddie Izzard, who’s hosting next week’s Independent Spirit Awards.

“Wanda” airs Saturdays at 11 p.m. on Fox.

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The Day Of The Triffids DVD review


The BBC’s recent fresh take on The Day Of The Triffids turns up on DVD. So what does Matt make of it?

Published on Feb 8, 2010

A DVD release of the latest adaptation of John Wyndham’s ‘cosy catastrophe’ 50s classic is heartily welcomed by me as, painfully, I missed episode one over Christmas as my digi-box recorder packed up. After the disappointing 1962 film and the terrifying-at-the-time Good Life­-gone-bad 1981 series, this version suggests that Wyndham’s story is moving in the same direction as The Hound Of The Baskervilles, being repeatedly reinterpreted for new audiences and new generations. I, for one, welcome this. There is plenty of room in Day Of The Triffids for future adaptors to ‘modernise’ and to introduce timely twists to build on Wyndham’s central plot.

Or should that be plots? The Day Of The Triffids follows the adventures of Bill Masen and Jo Playton, played by Dougray Scott and Joely Richardson, as they struggle to survive after most of the world’s population has been blinded by solar flares. As two of the few remaining sighted people, Masen and Playton face the dilemma of whether to save the less fortunate or themselves. This dilemma is complicated by the existence of mobile, carnivorous plants, the Triffids, and by the villainous Torrence played brilliantly by Eddie Izzard.

The one weakness of Wyndham’s story is the improbable double conceit of the solar flares (in the book a meteor shower) and the unconnected Triffid menace. In this adaptation, this is reconciled partly by dividing the two crises between the two episodes.

The first focuses on Masen and Playton encountering two different communities in London, the first excluding the blind, the second forcing the sighted to care for the blind. In this episode, bar the occasional encounter and the hugely effective cliffhanger, the Triffids remain unseen and marginalised, with only Masen’s repeated warnings reminding the viewer of their presence.

The second episode leaves the city and the blind behind as Masen travels across country to find his father, fellow Triffid scientist Dennis Masen, played by Brian Cox. This episode rapidly turns into what Doctor Who fans would call a ‘base-under-siege’ story as Masen senior’s very attractive manor house is slowly surrounded by the deadly vegetation.

The effect of splitting Wyndham’s ungainly double-concept plot in this way is highly satisfactory. In doing so, the parallels between the London bases-under-siege by the blind and the rural bases-under-siege by the Triffids are hammered home.

Thankfully, the adaptors resisted the supposed temptation to relocate the story to a more glamorous location, instead setting it in the cosy and, to me at least, familiar South Downs of England. In doing so they retain the central and most memorable power of the Triffid/blindness crises: the threat to the traditional, stereotypical qualities of Britishness.

Throughout the two episodes both blind and sighted are shown helpless, debased and undignified, at the mercy of and ultimately usurped by the distinctly foreign plant life. After defeating the increasingly violent and desperate Torrence and lead by (ironically) the American Major Cocker, Masen and Playton find their way to the safety of the Isle of Wight, protected from the Triffids by the Solent.

I was impressed by this adaptation and surprised by the negative reactions on The casting was perfect, especially Izzard who seemed to relish the role of the morally bankrupt Torrence. Brian Cox who, David Tennant-like, seemed to be in almost everything over Christmas, was equally strong as the short-lived but pivotal Dennis Masen.

The CG realisation of the Triffids was well done and true to the original story, The slow reveal over the episodes ratcheted up the menace. I wasn’t entirely convinced by their method of moving, as with the 1980s series, but it is difficult to know, without a major redesign of the whole plant, how this could be done. The overall impression was that the Triffids had some sort of feet that were never shown on screen and this, after a time, becomes faintly comical.

Just as the 1980s series was a late example of the 1970s preoccupation with self-sufficiency that gave rise to, at extremes, The Good Life and the original Survivors, the remake encourages comparison with the rebooted Survivors, a series I rather like but feel needs an extra dramatic dimension.

What The Day Of The Triffids made me realise was that a global apocalypse doesn’t automatically lead to a fast paced drama. What’s required is the more instant threat of the Triffids.

Ultimately, it made me realise that, while Wyndham’s original story seems contrived, both fantastical elements are essential to fully and economically realise the dramatic potential of the catastrophe.


The disc is extras-light. The accompanying ‘making of’ documentary is satisfactory, but I suspect they could potentially have constructed an entire extra based on an interview with Eddie Izzard.

[four out of five stars]

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Eddie on Craig Ferguson

[Part 1]

[Part 2]

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