ReelzChannel sat down with Eddie Izzard and Jennifer Coolidge to talk about their work on Igor. The interview was a freelwheeling humor fest -- and nowhere near as family friendly as the movie.
ReelzChannel: How did you both get involved in this project?
Izzard: Well, we were having sex, and Tony Leondis is a direct descendant of the Spartan king.
Coolidge: It was before we had sex. Before we had the sex, he promised me a role as an evil villain in some sort of animated movie. He didn't know which one yet.
Izzard: I promised her that for sex. It was like a gift thing, it wasn't like paying for it...
Coolidge: I wouldn't have done it, but I needed the job.
Izzard: I didn't want to have sex with her, but I said, "Let's do it just for shits and giggles." And we did -- we've been around the house; we've done it in the kitchen, and on top of lamps.
RC: You work together well.
Coolidge: We do. We did mess around in a booth -- that was all the producer's idea.
RC: This is the most you've been together, right?
Izzard: We're the only ones in the history of bloody animation who have worked together. Yeah, we were in the booth together.
RC: What was that process like?
Izzard: It was just kissing and it got to the neck. Then it got down to hands everywhere, and he didn't record any words.
Coolidge: He was really turned off because I was eating during the sex.
Izzard: She did. She insisted. It was just a salad. It was an Asian salad.
Coolidge: Yeah, it was a big bowl of salad.
Izzard: It got everywhere.
RC: Did you do a lot of improv?
Coolidge: The story is pretty set. You could throw it. I think you probably improvved more than I did.
Izzard: You could say things like "cat" when they weren't expecting it, or "protractor," ya know?
Coolidge: I was trying to get the bathroom humor in there. I have to say, they wouldn't. I was trying to get a diarrhea line in, and I tried, and I tried, and I tried.
Izzard: I was against that. I like using nouns. "Protractor." "Helicopter." Some adverbs, prepositions, and then I come in with a past-tense one, or future-tense. I get very technical, and then people will say, "What the hell are you talking about?" Then they stab you with a pencil in your thigh.
Coolidge: He knows giant words. "Diarrhea" is the biggest word I know, and I wanted to get it in.
Coolidge: Diarrhea. I wanted to get "diarrhea" in the movie. I just wanted to get it into the movie but no, they wouldn't.
Izzard: Diarrhea has got seven N's in it.
Coolidge: No N's. It's got a lot of H's, but I love that. It was the best word in Scrabble. Have you ever tried to do diarrhea in Scrabble? You can get a million words out of diarrhea.
RC: How was this different than your previous projects?
Izzard: It was very similar. It was exactly the same.
Coolidge: It was, but ya know what? Ya know what the difference was?
Izzard: The sex in the booth.
Coolidge: No, I was blown away because I didn't get to see any of it. Did you? I mean, except when I went to Sparx*'s studio in Paris where they animated it. I got to see the characters and stuff, but it is incredibly overwhelming. I mean, the movie is just unbelievable, I think. I mean, visually just...
Izzard: They flew her to Paris to do that. I had to crawl to do my stuff. I don't know why. I had to crawl on my knees. It was like a bizarre thing to record myself while they flew her to France. That was a bone to pick between us, but made sex...
Coolidge: But I had to fly underneath the plane in a crate. I didn't even get a first class ticket. I couldn't believe I was going underneath. I'm like, "What do you mean I've got to go underneath?" ... It was freezing. I didn't even have a sweater.
RC: They're cruel...
Izzard: And that's why you watch Igor, even though the camera's facing...