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Super tran returns
When he’s not playing the evil criminal mastermind in Hollywood blockbusters, Eddie Izzard can be found wandering the corridors of the European Parliament with Tony Blair. Tara Brady gets a yes, no and maybe from the nail polish-loving English comedian.
Tara Brady, 31 Jul 2006
"I thought California would be all surfing but there is a weird cross-purposes thing there. Everyone is Democratic but Reagan was the Governor and Schwarzenegger is now the Governor.
"I was smoking a cigar for the movie but now I’m smoking cigarettes. And speaking in an English accent. Because I’m a bad man. If you look at Star Wars all the British actors playing good guys had American accents. But then there’s Darth Vader who was very American. He should have been uber-English. It’s a post-revolutionary thing. Now if you were French it can go either way. Because they helped America during the revolution and they were the allies of the Polish and were meant to be more sexy. But Americans don’t really like them, so it’s very confusing. In answer to your question yes, no and maybe.”
By now, of course, I can’t remember what the question was. Welcome to the wonderful world of Eddie Izzard, boys and girls. I’m having a perfectly lovely time sitting beside the distinctly bleary-eyed comedian in London’s Soho Hotel but it is, nonetheless, a bit like wandering home to find a nude descending your staircase or waking up in a late Picasso painting.
Today, the 44-year-old is promoting his latest foray into Hollywood pictures. My Super Ex-Girlfriend, a new comedy from director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) seeks to provide a knowing companion piece for Superman Returns in the same way Mars Attacks once fired paper airplanes at Independence Day.
Uma Thurman, the latest dishy bird to be made a Commander of Arts and Letters in France, plays the eponymous wronged heroine. When drippy ex-boyfriend Luke Wilson runs off with the lower maintenance Anna Faris, Uma soon puts her superpowers in the service of vengeance and starts throwing sharks through their bedroom window. Mr. Izzard, as you may or may not have deciphered from his comments above, essays Uma’s arch-nemesis, who, in time honoured comic book tradition was once her dearest friend. It’s Eddie’s second time working with the actress following their respective turns in the much-maligned The Avengers back in 1998.