Eddie Izzard turns focus to politics

Comedian talks about possible career change

British comedian Eddie Izzard, whose acting career is taking off, is eyeing yet another possible career – politician.

Izzard, who plays Wayne Malloy in FX’s “The Riches” and who just finished shooting “Valkyrie,” starring Tom Cruise, told Newsweek he sees himself getting into European politics at some point.

“We’ve got to make it work in Europe,” the cross-dressing comedian, 46, told the magazine for its issue hitting newsstands Monday. “People are very worried about sovereignty and the loss of sovereignty. I think the stakes are if we don’t make the European Union work, then the world is screwed. End of story.”

Izzard, who’s lending his voice to the upcoming film “Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” said he enjoyed working on “Valkyrie.” The film stars Cruise as Col. Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg, the aristocratic army officer executed after a failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944.

Izzard’s standup comedy act, “Stripped,” is set to begin April 28 in Boston.

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