Izzard: Riches film for Sam Jackson


Eddie Izzard has revealed he agreed to make a movie version of The Riches for Samuel L Jackson.
The British actor – who starred with Minnie Driver in the US TV drama about Wayne and Dahlia Malloy, two travellers who assume the identity of a well-off suburban couple after they are killed in a car crash – told how Jackson was desperate to see more of The Riches.

Eddie said: “I was in a lift with Samuel L Jackson and he was saying, ‘What’s going to happen to your [character’s] kids, are they going to be okay? So it was like, ‘Right, let’s do a f***ing film’ – we’re doing it for Samuel.”

The 47-year-old actor and comedian – who recently starred in BBC One’s Day Of The Triffids and ran 43 marathons in 51 days for charity this year – is also considering a future in politics, and is not about to take things easy.

He said: “I double check everything that anyone says; ‘Why are they saying that? Are they saying that because they’ve got a vested interest in this? No? They must just mean it. May be they’re crazy’.

“Sometimes I try and over complicate things. I just want to do good stuff where I can go, ‘I like that’.”

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Day of the Triffids Trailer

Don’t forget that it will be shown on BBC One Dec. 28/29 at 21:00 GMT!

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Eddie Izzard on Jonathan Ross 2009.12.18

This is from Eddie’s most recent appearance…

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Eddie Izzard on his role in TV remake of The Day of the Triffids


AMONG the stars of the BBC’s upcoming remake of The Day of the Triffids is the comedian and actor Eddie Izzard.

Izzard, now 47, made a relatively late screen debut in Damien Hirst’s 1996 short film Hanging Around and is the first to admit he hasn’t received any formal acting training.

He considers his starring role on the American TV series The Riches as his “drama school”. The Hollywood writers’ strike in 2007 and 2008 halted filming and despite the series’ success, it was never picked up again once the strike ended so Izzard is hoping to do a film version instead.

Although he made his name in stand-up, Izzard says he prefers “really gritty, interesting dramas” and if good film roles don’t arise, he’ll do TV roles instead.

And that’s why he agreed to appear as the “charismatic sociopath” Torrence in two-part futuristic drama The Day of the Triffids, to be screened on December 28 and 29.

Izzard says he’d watched the 1962 film but not the TV series from 1981. “I was at university but you’re not supposed to stay in and watch anything at university are you, well I never did.”

The story follows the few sighted survivors after an unexplained solar storm blinds much of the world’s population. Torrence is among those left to battle the deadly plants.

He said: “This is what I’ve worked out: The whole world is the classroom, politics is the classroom, how we interact is the classroom and it gets very feral. If we’ve adapted The Day of the Triffids right then it should feel like this could happen.

“Everything interesting is about energy. Fireworks, war, parliamentary question time, rock concerts, it’s all about energy changes and we’re intrigued.

“In Day of the Triffids parts of London are seen as decayed or broken up, that’s why the Blitz was a hellish time but also a fascinating time.”

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The Day of the Triffids (2009) (Region2/UK BD) in February

[from dvdtimes]

Showbox Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Day of the Triffids on 1st February 2010 followed by the UK Blu-ray Disc release a few weeks later on 22nd February 2010. RRP is 19.99 and £24.99 respectively.

One of the highlights of the BBC’s 2009 Christmas TV schedule, John Wyndham’s classic 1951 post-apocalyptic bestseller The Day of the Triffids comes to the screen as an epic, brand new, contemporary adaptation written by Patrick Harbinson (Law And Order: Special Victims Unit; E.R.) and directed by Nick Copus (The 4400; Eastenders). The new version is described as an effects-laden CGI extravaganza about a world threatened by carnivorous, man-eating plants. The cast includes Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie; Ocean’s Thirteen), Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy), Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement; Evening), Jason Priestley (My Name Is Earl; Medium), Shane Taylor (Band Of Brothers) and Ewen Bremner (Hallam Foe).

Features include:

* “Making of” featurette
* VFX progress
* Behind the Scenes
* Interview Gallery (18 interviews)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio options
* DTS HD MA 5.1 audio track (Blu-ray only)


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Day Of The Triffids: Eddie Izzard

[from The Manchester Evening News]

EDDIE Izzard reveals: “I carry a distinct amount of rage with me from my mum being ripped out of my life, which is very pushed down.

“So I try and channel that. I liked the idea of this character. I thought it was good to get my teeth into. I jumped straight in and enjoyed it.”

Comedian, Hollywood film star and marathon man Eddie makes his BBC TV drama debut as sinister Torrence in The Day of the Triffids (BBC1, Monday Dec 28, 9pm).

The two-part story is based on John Wyndham’s best-selling post-apocalyptic novel of the same name, first published in 1951.

In the not too distant future, man’s search for an alternative fuel supply leads him to uncover the ominous Triffid, a crop that seems to have a life of its own.

When spectators gather worldwide to watch a solar storm, billions are left blinded and the few sighted survivors watch as society collapses into chaos.

Meanwhile the Triffids find their way out of captivity and are free to roam the planet with a fatal sting and a taste for human flesh.

This latest adaptation has an all-star cast including Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox and Jason Priestley.

Torrence is on a plane when the solar phenomenon occurs but keeps his sight after deciding not to watch it. “The plane crashes but he’s the only person who survives by the bizarre means of getting all the life jackets out, surrounding himself with them in a toilet and inflating them to use as airbags.”

Eddie, 47, was just six when his mother Dorothy, a nurse, died of cancer. Does he think she’d be proud of what he’s achieved? “Yeah, I hope so. She did amateur dramatics. I’ve just been sent a whole load of pictures of her singing on stage at Christmas in 1958.”

The path from comedy to dramatic acting was a long one for Eddie. “It’s like stand-up. I couldn’t do stand-up when I first started. It was a year and a half between the first two gigs. But apparently I’m now quite good at it.”

Those who have seen his stage act may have heard the tale of how he broke into Pinewood Studios when he was 15, having spotted the film mecca’s location on the end credits at the cinema. “I took a train to London, a tube to Uxbridge and a bus to Iver Heath,” he recalls.

“So I march up to the entrance and say, ‘Hello, I want to be in films. Can I have a look round?’” The security guard’s negative reply is not repeatable here.

Undaunted, the teenage Eddie circled the site and discovered a second service entrance. Having observed people coming and going, he walked in as if he worked there. “I realised you have to be moving quite fast, because then you’re doing something, as if on an errand.

“I usually didn’t tell anyone when I was doing these things,” he smiles. “I left boarding school to audition for the National Youth Theatre. I worked out that I could just leave and no-one would know.”

With a power vacuum in Downing Street, the obsessive Torrence realises that he has an opportuntiy to step in and take control. Determined to rule over the remaining sighted population and keep the blind away from the centre of London, he cannot forsee the approach of the Triffids towards the capital.

“Torrence is very fixed on what he wants to do. Ambition is a brilliant thing. It depends how you use it. I wanted him to have this quality that would seem charming. Like Hitler was supposed to be charming. He was this benign uncle unless you were on the other side of that sociopathic divide.

“As Hitchcock said, ‘All the villains should be charming.’ The more I relax and fold into roles, the more it’ll get interesting.”

Eddie, also a guest on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross (BBC1, tomorrow, 10.35pm), has had a very busy 2009, including running 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief and a huge comedy tour which called at the MEN Arena last month.

But film is his first love and he’s happy to have finally made it into a BBC drama, having been careful not to typecast himself on screen.

“I’ve done a comedy show but I haven’t done a sketch show or a sitcom, to try and get through to roles like this. If you think Robbie Coltrane and Cracker or maybe Alan Davies and Jonathan Creek, you just not have to do comedy shows. And I got to work at Pinewood,” he laughs.

“I seem to be better as the fine wine approach to a career in film, fermenting it over a number of decades. I also broke into Elstree as well. A mini career of breaking into studios and stealing make-up.”

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Eddie Izzard reveals all about Day of the Triffids


Eddie Izzard stars in BBC1’s new adaptation of the classic sci-fi story, The Day Of The Triffids. The comedian tells What’s On TV about his part in the horrific story…

Who do you play in this version of The Day Of The Triffids?
“For people who don’t know the story, suddenly 90 per cent of the world goes blind after watching a solar storm, but my character Torrence is in the lucky 10 per cent who keep their sight. Torrence is a bloke on a plane who decided he wouldn’t watch the amazing solar storm. In fact, he sleeps through it while it makes everyone else on board go blind. So he’s left as the only one who can see on the plane and he deals with it in a very bizarre way. Torrence decides to get all the life jackets out from under everyone’s feet, and ignores people as they’re screaming. Then he goes into the cabin toilet and inflates them so he’s surrounded himself with them like he’s cocooned in a massive airbag. He’s the only person who survives the plane crash!”

What’s Torrence like?
“He’s a sociopath and emotionally cut-off. I like to think of Torrence as maybe an orphan. I was trying to put my own back-story into him a bit. So we’ll see how that plays out. Hopefully he should look like a charismatic sociopath. He actually seems quite intriguing and flirty but gradually gets dangerous and attracted to the power he can have by being sighted. He even tries to take over at Downing Street. I also felt like he should have had a military background, so I put that into him, too. It was probably Territorial Army, not an elite force. He wouldn’t have the fear of killing or being killed, so doesn’t fear the Triffids. So he’s probably quite useful when dealing with nasty things like Triffids.”

How were the Triffids?
“They’re dangerous b****rds! They’re so tall and they can sting you from such a long way away. And if they sting you, that’s the end of you. You’ll never keep a pot plant in the house again after seeing one of these things. I do get to shoot a couple of Triffids. Towards the end I’m actually trying to kill Dougray Scott’s character Dr Bill Masen, but the Triffids get in the way of me doing it.”

How does the two-part story pan out?
“I suppose it’s kind of like a zombie film. There’s also something in it about what happens if the structure of the country breaks down and what would you do? In my head, as an acting transvestite, I’d of course immediately think: ‘I know there’s a shop down there where they sell some lovely dresses. Go down there, kick the window in!’ I’d have to put a cushion there before kicking the window in. I know because I’ve sliced up my finger breaking a window before.”

Is Torrence a flirty character?
“He’s definitely flirty with Joely Richardson’s character. I wanted him to seem charming, like Hitler was supposed to be charming. He’s not full of hate, though, he’s just quite cut off from reality. I carry a certain amount of rage within me, because my mum was ripped out of my life when I was so young, which is very pushed down within me so I did try to channel that in Torrence. Dougray Scott’s character – Triffid expert Dr Bill Masen – is immediately very wary of Torrance, who’s kind of breezy when we first meet. But after a while I’m Tasering him and stuff.”

Have you seen previous adaptations of the Triffids story? There was a 1962 film starring Howard Keel and a six-part BBC1 series in 1981…
“I hadn’t seen the previous BBC production, but I’d seen the film. I remember being really scared of that, especially when someone was carried across a field injured and by the end of it they were dead. And it ends up in the lighthouse, doesn’t it? I like the updating of the story we’ve done here, the idea that we were taking the story on and setting it just slightly in the future where Triffids are cultivated to provide a new cleaner fuel. Of course it eventually has fatal consequences. It’s all very clever.”

*The Day of the Triffids will be shown on BBC1 at 9pm on 28 and 29 December*

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Eccentric Eddie Izzard wows Belfast audience

[from the Belfast Telegraph]

Unusually for Eddie Izzard (47), he was dressed in sober jeans and shirt, only his silk lined, tailed dinner jacket and understated make-up giving indications of his eccentricity.

But it is these quirks which make Izzard stand out and his theme for the night was world history. Jazz chickens, medieval weavers, Wikipedia and tales of his five years as a child in Bangor, Co Down, jump wildly off on tangents which seemingly make no sense, but with Izzard’s coaxing all becomes clear.

Other comics do surreal, conversational comedy, but no-one does it quite this good. Izzard’s quirky world view seems partially influenced by his nomadic childhood which saw the family flit from Yemen, where he was born, to Bangor, Wales and Yorkshire.

Along the way he developed a penchant for big girls’ blouses.

And this is perhaps Izzard’s greatest achievement. Single handedly he makes the outsider acceptable.

To the Odyssey crowd, Izzard can do no wrong.

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Eddie Izzard given BBC Sports Personality special award


Comedian Eddie Izzard has been honoured with a special award at the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year for his epic marathon feats for Sport Relief.

The 47-year-old popular comedian ran an incredible 43 marathons around the UK, covering 1,100 miles in just 51 days and raised over £200,000 for charity.

Izzard completed the endurance event following just five weeks of training.

In 2006, fellow comedian David Walliams also received a special award for swimming the Channel for Sport Relief.

After picking up the award, Izzard explained that he took up the idea of running round the country as “a health idea”. “But I’m no athlete,” he told the crowd. “Not like everybody here tonight.”

“It was really tough,” he added. “Everything was painful. People asked me if I enjoyed the running but I enjoyed the stopping! I staggered, I ran and I crawled.”



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