Entertainment Stephen Frears praises Eddie Izzard's performance in Victoria and Abdul

12:30  14 september  2017
12:30  14 september  2017 Source:   BANG Showbiz

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Victoria & Abdul is an upcoming British-American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. It is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, and on the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim.

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Stephen Frears didn't know what to expect from Eddie Izzard in 'Victoria & Abdul'.

The 76-year-old filmmaker has helmed the true story about the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim, but Frears admitted Izzard - who plays Edward VII - wasn't his idea to cast.

Speaking to Den of Geek, the filmmaker said: "Eddie's great, I don't know where that came from. It wasn't my idea, somebody else suggested him. 'Oh, all right'. I don't think I knew quite what to expect, and he was brilliant."

Izzard is best known for his comic work but Frears admitted he likes the fact that his character is "the least comic character" in the film and revealed the comedian performed a gig for the cast while filming on the Isle of Wight.

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Victoria and Abdul Genre: Biography/Drama Directed by: Stephen Frears Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard , Tim Pigott-Smith, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Ruth McCabe, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar Release Date: September 22, 2017.

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He said: "I like the fact that he's the least comic character in the film. He's such a funny man, so funny on stage. It's interesting, because I was just talking to him before I came I here, and he was saying that his aim is to be. He wanted to be a serious actor. He's gone catastrophically wrong. I think he's a genius as a comic.

"He did it one night for us in the Isle of Wight and he was just brilliant."

The film stars an impressive cast including newcomer Ali Fazal and Dame Judi Dench - who has worked with Frears in five movies - and was described as the filmmaker as being a "doddle to direct".

He said: "She's such a powerful actress. She's a doddle to direct. She's so clear, and has such a strong sense of narrative.

"Her qualities as a human being that's so affecting. She's so interesting and such a brilliant actress."

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