…Which we love because the series is created/produced by Alan Spencer, whom we would swear is the reincarnation of Mel Brooks except that Mel Brooks is still incarnate. (Actually, Alan is cooler than Mel Brooks, but let’s get back to Eddie:)
Eddie Izzard Talks Snow Globes, Sex with Trees and Finding the Truth in His Outlandish Villain in IFC’s New Miniseries “Bullet in the Face” – by Danny Bowes
Known for his unique, hyper-erudite, stream-of-consciousness stand-up comedy (best showcased in the 2000 concert film “Dress to Kill”), Eddie Izzard has also spent the better part of the last two decades building a very interesting career as a character actor on both stage and screen. With the exception of his leading role on the acclaimed (though short-lived) FX series “The Riches,” Izzard’s main strength as an actor has been in the kind of indelible supporting roles that he plays in IFC’s upcoming miniseries “Bullet In The Face.”
“Bullet in the Face,” which is being spread out over two nights on August 16th and 17th at 10pm, shares with creator Alan Spencer’s previous cult classic “Sledge Hammer!” a cracked, satirical bent. It’s also met with some minor controversy for its violent content — the show’s set in a comic-book-style alternate universe full of warring gangsters, tough cops, jet-black humor and Germans. Izzard plays crime kingpin Johann Tannhauser, who spends his days engrossed by snow globes and plotting the bloody deaths of his enemies, confined to his secret lair by acute agoraphobia. It was on that note that Indiewire caught up with him on the phone after some shared excitement over Great Britain’s success in the Olympics.
So you’re an agoraphobic German crime boss in this hyper-violent comic book universe. I imagine you didn’t just look at that and just go, “This same old thing again.” I’ve never seen anything quite like this show.
Well… it has violence going through it. And there’s a question of violence in America, or last year if you went to Norway, or going back to the Second World War, how we deal with that is a weird old thing. But [“Bullet in the Face”] is comedic, and bizarro, and in thinking how to play it — trying to control the world — I felt it was an intriguing place to go.
Hmm, Eddie just might be cooler than Alan. Intriguing…especially if you know Alan. Don’t forget to watch the damn show on IFC TONIGHT. (We can’t see it because, thanks to %#@!ing DISH, we no longer get IFC!)
For those not quite in the know: Alan Spencer, TVWriter™ and LB buddy, created/wrote/produced both series. You’ve missed your chance at first-run SLEDGEHAMMER, but BULLET IN THE FACE debuts on IFC next month.
And, speaking of BULLET IN THE FACE, Dish Network has dropped IFC and all the AMC networks. Which could be a problem for viewers, humor aficionados like us, BULLET IN THE FACE as a series, and even the godawful rich and successful Alan Spencer.
Big guns and helicopters and bombs and the pretty actors and actresses that support them cost money. Help Alan indulge his expensive habits. Dish subscribers don’t have to take this lying down. Find out what you can do.
And while we’re at it, Dish customers have also just been screwed out of:
Okay, so KENDRA and BRAXTON are no big deal, but the others – c’mon.
Actually, I should’ve said “More From BULLET IN THE FACE” because this is directly from my fiercely comedic genius buddy, Alan Spencer, creator-writer-producer of this viciously funny comedy, as the big push to airdate begins.
Of course, I’m thinking that this might draw a few viewers too:
Run, do not walk to what I predict will be the best-written comedy series on U.S. TV this season. Yes, I’m plugging buddy Alan Spencer’s BULLET IN THE FACE. With a title like that, plus its pedigree, missing it will be the same as getting your own bullet-face thingie.
Bullet in the Face — Photos, press release, première date and controversy ! by Bunky Bunk
When Evan Shapiro (IFC & Sundance Channel president) departed his post in April, the forthcoming IFC original comedy Bullet in the Face lost its biggest champion. And champions are exactly what a show like Bullet needs considering that the broad, over-the-top half-hour may be the most violent comedy in television history. According to sources, when IFC execs screened the 6-episode series, there was shock and nervousness in the room. And now the controversial Bullet, which was not mentioned during IFC’s upfront presentation in March, is being scheduled in a very odd pattern : 3 episodes back-to-back on 2 consecutive nights : August 16 and August 17, from 10 PM-11:30 PM…
Bullet in the Face comes from the mind of creator-exec producer Alan Spencer, the mastermind behind the 1980s ABC classic Sledge Hammer. In announcing the project last year, IFC hinted at its unusual nature. When they ordered the series, Debbie DeMontreux, SVP Original Programming, said : “Bullet in the Face melds the best of the action/thriller genre with IFC’s comedic sensibility. This is television like viewers have never seen before”. The last statement, usually a PR cliché, may prove to be exactly right this time.