Mar
05
2010

A Campy Spirit for Film Independent

[from the NYTimes.com]

articleInlineAs a warm-up to the big show on Sunday, indie filmmakers (and the actors that love them) have Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, which celebrate their 25th anniversary on Friday with a splashier party on a rooftop in downtown Los Angeles, in lieu of the usual beach-side digs in Santa Monica. By all accounts it is one of the most fun nights of awards season – IFC will televise it live — and the Bagger is excited to be there, tweeting away. To get a sense of what to expect, we recently spoke with another newbie, the show’s host, the comedian and actor Eddie Izzard.

Q.
Have you ever watched the Indie Spirits?

A.
I don’t think I have; I don’t tend to watch awards ceremonies.

Q.
Why don’t you watch them?

A.
Why do you watch them? I’d rather watch a film, don’t you think, than an awards ceremony.

Q.
So why are you hosting? Is it because it’s a challenge?

A.
Because they asked me. I don’t want it to be a challenge. I’m only doing it because it’s the Independent Spirit Awards. I don’t want to do any others. I’ll just do this one, because they’ve asked me. I’m a big fan of independence, that’s what I’m a fan of. I own all my copyrights of my DVDs. I like doing things differently. I’m a transvestite with a career. I ran 43 marathons in 51 days.

Q.
So hosting should be a breeze then. Do you have a plan?

A.
I plan to have a plan. I’ll talk about stuff. I haven’t done these before, but I’ve talked to a lot of people before. I’ve stood on stage at Madison Square Garden and sold that place out. I think I know how to talk. I don’t write anything you see, I never write standup, I just ad lib it on the night. It’s a different beast for me, so we’ll see where it goes to. I have no idea what’s going to happen.

Q.
What movies have you liked this year?

A.
I haven’t seen any. Gotta be pure.

Q.
So you don’t have any favorites.

A.
I hope they all win and I hope they all lose. Being nominated is more important than winning. Winning can sometimes be a curse.

Q.
It sounds like you’re pretty far removed from the Hollywood ecosystem.

A.
Ego system or ecosystem? You don’t need awards. It’s all gravy, as soon as we got paid for doing a gig in this arena. Everything else is juggling with ego and positioning and last man standing. You shouldn’t need it, but we thirst after it.

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