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And yet Fisher isn't all doughnut-hairdos and gold bikinis. After the original trilogy was released, she became as well known for her incredible life off-screen - not least for her turbulent love life and struggles with bi-polar disorder and substance abuse - as her roles on-screen.
So as she turns 59 this week, what better time to look back at some of the stranger things you probably didn't know about her:
1. She was born into Hollywood royalty
Carrie wasn't just some unknown ingénue plucked from obscurity by George Lucas - she was born
There's an expression frequently used by TV drama executives giving notes on proposals or shows in development: "The audience need to know where they are from early on." The comment most often refers to genre – is this a thriller, a romcom or a drama-doc? – but can also relate to the network for which the piece is aiming. "This feels more BBC2 than BBC1," a commissioner might say, with the precision of a wine-taster, or: "It isn't really ITV. Have you tried Channel 4?"
Recently, these exact distinctions have broken down, partly through the rise of hybrid genres, influenced by Us independent cinema and cable TV, in which a joke can lead to a death, or vice-versa.
"I've been trying to shave my head in some role for eight years," he tells Zap2it. "I just thought it'd be an interesting take. ... To keep a comedic thing going and a dramatic thing, it's a tricky thing to do. If you can break a look, if you can make it so one is over there and one is, 'Oh, God, you look so different,' that really helps."
Izzard is at the cinema for a screening of the first half of his latest project, a new, four-hour version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic "Treasure Island," airing all in one night Saturday, May 5, on Syfy.
A fast-joking bid caller in a tuxedo and a Stetson cowboy hat was talking up the stakes for a Yamaha guitar signed by Paul Simon, as an audience filled with philanthropists such as David Rockefeller Jr. sat amused.
After the guitar sold for $19,000, and exotic trips including a Kenya safari and an Antarctic voyage were auctioned,
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Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood
And Donald Sutherland Lead All Star Cast In Syfy’S
New Adaptation Of Treasure Island
Premieres Saturday, May 5 From 7-11Pm In
Special One Night Movie Event
New York – March 21, 2012 – In a special, one night only movie event, Syfy will present a fresh, new spin on the classic tale, Treasure Island, featuring an all-star cast led by Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland. Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure story about fantastical treasure, youthful courage and murderous greed will premiere Saturday, May 5 from 7-11Pm (Et/Pt) on Syfy.
Izzard (The Riches, Oceans 12) stars as Long John Silver,
Here’s the press release:
Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood And Donald Sutherland Lead All Star Cast In Syfy’S New Adaptation Of Treasure Island
Premieres Saturday, May 5 From 7-11Pm In Special One Night Movie Event
New York – March 21, 2012 – In a special, one night only movie event, Syfy will present a fresh, new spin on the classic tale, Treasure Island, featuring an all-star cast led by Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland. Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure story about fantastical treasure, youthful courage and murderous greed will premiere Saturday,
We have fallen for Ross and Rachel; swooned over Adam and Rachel, and held our breath as Carrie and Big's relationship. And now ITV hopes viewers we will fall for another couple whose relationship is, well, complicated. But can writer Bill Gallagher's new drama Love Life, which tells the story of couple Joe (Rob James-Collier) and Lucy (Andrea Lowe) – in love, but wanting different things – prove that television romance is far from dead.
Compared with anything involving stethoscopes or blue lights and sirens, straightforward love stories are relatively rare on television. While romantic fiction does well in the book charts, and romantic films continue to be big draws for cinema (even if they star Jennifer Aniston) television tends to steer clear of wide-eyed lovey dovey stuff.
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What got you started?
Going to Yeovil College to do my A-levels, and discovering drama.
What was your big breakthrough?
An advert I did for Boddingtons Beer in 1994. It was set on an apparently very glamorous beach, with me in a bikini and a big hat; then the camera pulled back, and you saw it was actually Blackpool and my name was Vera and I had a thick Manchester accent. To me, it was just another embarrassing stunt. For another ad, I'd skied down a mountain with a yoghurt pot on my head. But it led to a lot of roles as northern women: people didn't seem to realise I was actually from Somerset.
What have you sacrificed for your art?
A lot of boyfriends have hit the dust. It wasn't
ITV has recently become quite good at producing both must-see talent competitions and TV shows about Robson Green going for a bit of a swim. However, it's done so at the expense of something it used to be great at – the contemporary relationship drama.
As a way of attempting to even that up, tonight ITV premieres Married Single Other – the much-trailed new comedy drama starring Ralf Little and Lucy Davis among others. They're calling it the new Cold Feet, which would at first seem like a fair assumption, given that the show shares the same executive producer and director, and that the subject matter is exactly the same. But in reality it's a slightly unfair comparison – these types of shows are undoubtedly products of their time.
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