Eddie Izzard: ‘My Treasure Island Will Remind People How Terrifying Pirates Were’

Actor/comedian Eddie Izzard is determined to revamp the image of the pirate as Treasure Island cutthroat Long John Silver.

The British star insists his new movie version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale will terrify kids who thought the outlaws of the sea were lovable rogues like Captain Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow.

He tells TV Guide magazine, “We certainly have softened and romanticised them (pirates)… It’s probably the Disney effect.

“The truth is, pirates were drunken, murderous bastards who didn’t give a f**k about anyone but themselves and would not hesitate to rip you up.

“They were well organised, like mafia gangs. In fact, our approach here is much less classic Treasure Island and much more Goodfellas.”

Treasure Island is on SyFy in the USA on Saturday, May 5th (both episodes). Check local listings.

Written by Momo in: TV |

1 Comment »

  • gilgreening

    Note that the DVD is out in Oz now so SH types can purchase.

    Comment | April 30, 2012

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