Jeremy Irons has contributed to the book Playing for Real – Actors on Playing Real People.
ACTORS including Jeremy Irons, Simon Callow, Sir Ian McKellan and Liverpool’s own David Morrissey have some interesting observations on the task of playing the roles of real people in the new book Playing for Real by Mary Luckhurst and Tom Cantrell (modern drama professor and researcher at the University of York).
Here’s an excerpt of Jeremy’s interview:
Jeremy Irons on playing Harold Macmillan in Howard Brenton’s Never So Good at the National Theatre:
I learned he had a sense of humour, a twinkle in his eye. He was a little shy and rather humble. I was mainly struck by his dry wit. A lot of the time he is with Anthony Eden, who was famed for his temper, he is trying to diffuse the situation.