HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDDIE!!!!!
Action Transvestite Eddie Izzard turns 46 today. Let’s hope he’s running jumping climbing trees.
And of course, enjoying his new show “The Riches”.
To read his interview with MSN about his new show and being in the OCEANS 12 and 13 Movies, click to continue :-D
Bees love Eddie, he’s the BeeKeeper afterall!!!
What’s in Your DVD Player, Eddie Izzard?
The cross-dressing comedian dishes on his role in the acclaimed TV drama ‘The Riches,’ his experience on the ‘Ocean’s’ films and why he loves impressionists
By Sean Axmaker
Special to MSN Entertainment
Star of stage, screen and stand-up, actor and comedian Eddie Izzard recently added another title to his resume: star and co-producer of the FX series “The Riches,” which launched in 2007. That’s in addition to appearances in “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “Across the Universe” (where he tackles the song “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”), a dramatic role in the upcoming “Valkyrie” and his continued stand-up comedy gigs. “And I will be doing more this year,” he promises. “With the writers strike on, it’s the one thing I can do.”
MSN Movies: What’s in your DVD player?
Eddie Izzard: Does it have to be DVD or can it be a download?
I’m open. What did you download?
“Chinatown.” I know it’s not anything new, but that’s what I watched last night. I download a lot of films.
That’s the great thing about DVD and home video. You don’t have to see only what’s new, and the old films generally look better on DVD than the old prints that used to bounce repertory theaters.
And one thing I love about downloads is that, in 10 years, everything that was ever made can be made available, because it can exist in cyberspace. You don’t need shelf space at a shop.
“The Riches” is your first TV series. How did you get involved with it?
Dmitry Lipkin, who created the show, brought the idea to Maverick, the production company, 10 days before I got there. I was going there for a meeting about something else and they said that they happened to be doing this story, and I said, “Well, can I do that?,” which is a bit like being in school. Can I play in your game? And they said, “Yeah, do you want to?” It was the easiest gig I’ve ever landed in my life.
How much of you is actually in your character, Wayne Malloy?
In television, they tend to write towards one’s own personality. So 60 percent of Wayne is actually me and 60 percent of Dahlia is actually Minnie [Driver]. They take what you’re like in real life and sort of run with it. I am a relentless bastard. I just will not stop, and that quality I think is important to Wayne.
For a professional con man, Wayne tends to wing it as Doug Rich. How about you?
That’s something that I do in my stand-up, but I don’t tend to do in my real life. I tend to plan things like a military campaign. But one of the key points of military training is the ability to change plans, to improvise on the hoof. That I can do, I can change plans on the turn of a dime, which is somewhat what Wayne does. He’s just really winging things, almost like Andy Kaufman, trying to just do stuff to see what happens, see if he gets caught, see where it ends up if he pushes it.
He seems to be pushing things quite a bit through the first season of “The Riches.”
Yeah, and it gets more so into the second season. The second season really ramps up. “The ends justify the means” becomes my mantra. I think it’s a ghastly type of ride. With this opportunity of stealing the American dream, I think he goes for it, grabs it and then gets totally locked onto it and won’t give it up.
You play another con artist, of a sort, as Roman Nagel in the “Ocean’s” films, a thinker and a planner who couldn’t be more different from Wayne Malloy.
I feel that Roman Nagel wasn’t terribly drawn out when I came to him and I realized that, seeing how Eddie Jemison already plays the technical guy of the gang. Roman Nagel actually thinks that he’s the Sherlock Holmes of the techie world — in fact he feels that he’s a frigging genius. Very much like the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes that Granada Television did back in Britain, which I’m completely addicted to. He’s all about, “Does it interest me?” He will go to the ends of the earth if it interests him. If it doesn’t, he can’t be bothered and he gets bored and plays that violin. And that’s what I started bringing into Roman Nagel, that kind of quality of, “Can I be bothered to do it?” And if so I’ll put my genius into it.
In your stand-up comedy, you’ve used the voice of James Mason to stand in for both John F. Kennedy and God. Are we to draw any political parallels here?
No. If you remember, I did James Mason doing JFK because I couldn’t do JFK. I am a terrible impressionist, though I am enamored of impressionists and wish I was better at it. My James Mason sometimes sounds real James Mason-y and sometimes sounds like Engelbert Humperdinck. But I like James Mason as God, and he almost did play God, didn’t he, in the Warren Beatty film “Heaven Can Wait”? He played God’s……
Exactly. And I think that’s a good place. I like to think of James Mason, now that he’s passed on, hopefully he’s up there. If there is a God, he’s hanging out with him and just being James Mason-y there.
“The Riches: Season 1″ is out on DVD.
Sean Axmaker is a film critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a DVD columnist for MSN Entertainment and a contributing writer to GreenCine.com, Turner Classic Movies Online and Asian Cult Cinema, among other publications. .”