Comedian Eddie Izzard to star in new Australian romantic comedy

Eddie Izzard is among the funniest and most diverse stand up comedians on the planet.

He's a self-described 'executive transvestite', is the voice of Sir Miles Axelrod in Cars 2, has dabbled in politics and is now starring in Australian romantic comedy The Flipside.

He spoke to The Project from Brighton in the UK about how and why he does what he does.

"I don't think what I do is terribly special. "I think a lot of people do what I do," he said.

"I was very influenced by Billy Connoly, Richard Pryor's stand up, Robin Williams. I think doing stand up in different languages, that is a little different."

He performs and improvises in French and German, and is learning Spanish, but says anyone could do it if they put the hard work in.

Izzard says he doesn't normally star in comedy films, he tends to do dramas, but he thought the character he was playing in The Flipside was too interesting to turn down.

"It's got a lot of wine and weird situations and I think it's quite a beautiful little film."

His advice to LGBT people is to come out when they are younger, and to just be themselves and be honest. He's happy to see schools and society being more open and positive about LGBT people.

As for the future, he's looking forward to more films, more politics, more running.

"Just life, one life, live it."

The Flipside hits cinemas on the 6th of September.

Watch The Project for the full interview

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