"Cars 2" star Eddie Izzard plans political career

Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:24pm EDT
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Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Since breaking out of Britain's comedy ranks, Eddie Izzard has carved out a strong career in Hollywood movies and TV. His HBO comedy special, "Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill" earned him two Emmy Awards, and his movie credits include the two "Ocean's Eleven" sequels.

Izzard, 49, a transvestite, is now voicing a role in animated movie "Cars 2," which opens in U.S. movie theaters on Friday. He sat down with Reuters to talk about his role in the film and his plans for a new career -- in politics.

Q: Sir Axlerod is a former oil baron who puts on a race to show off his new clean-burning fuel. Relate to him much?

A: "My dad worked for an oil company and I do like business. I'm into retail. I like good merchandise and I like good ideas, so that's what I channeled in to Sir Miles Axlerod. He (represents) all the positive businesses like Google and Apple who try to do something different in a good way. Except he has a slight twist and an interesting aftertaste."

Q: You had your own series "The Riches" on U.S. cable network FX and this past year appeared on the Showtime series "United States of Tara." Any plans for more television?

A: "I'm developing a political drama with FX. We're working toward shooting a pilot. There are hoops you have to jump through before it gets to series but I'm a determined bastard. I'm a transvestite that's got this far."

Q: Beyond that -- films, TV, stand-up -- any other long-term career goals?

A: "Films are my first love. But I'm not going to back off stand-up now. And I'm going into politics in nine years."   Continued...