Jeremy Irons Interview for CNN-IBN

While in Dubai for the Chivas Legends Dinner, Jeremy Irons was interviewed by CNN-IBN’s Sushant Mehta –

Click the link or photo below to watch the video:

Jeremy Irons talks about his journey as actor and a philanthropist Sushant Mehta, CNN-IBN | Dec 15, 2013

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Jeremy Irons in Jakarta to Promote ‘Trashed’

Jeremy Irons was in Jakarta, Indonesia on 11 November 2013 to promote his documentary Trashed, as part of the Erasmus Huis Film Festival.

He then went on to Bali to visit a posyandu (integrated health services post) under the care of the Kartika Soekarno Foundation (KSF).

Read the full story from the Jakarta Post – Jeremy Irons: From Trash to Treasure

Hot topic: Jeremy Irons’ celebrity status could also draw attention to an issue even closer to his heart: the welfare of Indonesian children. Courtesy of Rio Helmi

Hot topic: Jeremy Irons’ celebrity status could also draw attention to an issue even closer to his heart: the welfare of Indonesian children. Courtesy of Rio Helmi

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Jeremy Irons at the World Actors Forum

Jeremy Irons was in Dublin, Ireland at the Gate Theatre on Saturday 15 June 2013, to participate in the World Actors Forum. Trashed was screened at the WAF and, afterward, Jeremy was interviewed by Joseph O’Connor.

On the same day, Jeremy Irons was present at University College Dublin, to see Sinead Cusack receive an Honorary Doctorate Degree.

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The World Actors Forum 2013 from ALONG CAME A SPIDER on Vimeo.

Photo via @IrishFilmmakers on Twitter

Photo via @IrishFilmmakers on Twitter

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Photo via Conor Furlong on Instagram

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Jeremy Irons on BBC News ‘Hard Talk’

Jeremy Irons was a guest on the BBC News programme Hard Talk. The programme first aired on BBC News on April 15, 2013.  Check HERE for iPlayer availability.

Jeremy Irons – Actor and Campaigner

Duration: 30 minutes

Stephen Sackur meets one of Britain’s most successful actors, Jeremy Irons. The Oscar winning performer is best known for his portrayal of troubled, brooding upper class men. He has just finished making a documentary about the potentially devastating impact of the mountains of toxic waste polluting our planet. He is an actor with very strong opinions.

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‘Trashed’ Screenings at Documentary Edge Festival NZ

Trashed will be screened as part of the Documentary Edge Festival in New Zealand.

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Times and locations are as follows:

Sunday 14 April  6:45 pm at the Q Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand  BOOK TICKETS

Friday 19 April 1:15 pm at the Q Theatre in Auckland,New Zealand  BOOK TICKETS

Sunday 12 May 6:30 pm at the Reading Cinemas Courtenay in Wellington, New Zealand

Friday 17 May 1:45 pm at the Reading Cinemas Courtenay in Wellington, New Zealand

 

 

Jeremy Irons to Attend ‘Trashed’ Screening at BAM

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Jeremy Irons will be in attendance on Sunday, April 21 at the BAM screening of Trashed and will participate in a Q & A session after the screening.

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013
  • 7PM
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
RUN TIME: 98min
GENERAL ADMISSION: $20
BAM CINEMA CLUB MEMBERS: $15
STUDENTS/SENIORS:  $16 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
+  Q&A with Jeremy Irons

The narrator of  Trashed, Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, will participate in a Q&A after the screening.

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There will also be a School-Time Screening of Trashed on Earth Day for Schools Only
Grades 9—12   Jeremy WILL NOT be present on Monday.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013
  • 10:30AM
  • 11:15AM
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
RUN TIME: 2hrs 15mins (includes post-show Q&A)
+  All screenings are followed by discussion/Q&A. Post-screening guest to be announced.
If you are an educator you may make reservations HERE.

7 Questions with Jeremy Irons – ‘Trashed’

Read the original article HERE.

7 Questions With Jeremy Irons – Trashed

By on December 16th, 2012

 

In the Candida Brady directed documentary, Trashed, actor Jeremy Irons turns civilian as he ventures across the globe in search of solutions to the ecological crisis, while uniquely casting himself as a protagonist. And Irons also ponders during this exclusive interview when phoning from a set in Budapest, what the ultimate responsibility of an actor’s voice should be in the real world. Here’s Jeremy Irons, talking Trashed.

1. Do you recall when you first became alarmed about the harmful and destructive problem of waste on the planet, and decided to do something about it?

It didn’t happen quite like that. I wanted to make a documentary about an important subject. A subject which I thought should be brought to people’s attention. And Candida Brady, the director of Trashed, imparted some information to me. So I thought, this is an amazing subject. This is something we have to get on the screen, to make people aware of the situation. So it was really from her that I got the idea. You know, I always think of myself, I’m an actor and a storyteller. I normally tell fictional stories. But I see no reason why it isn’t a logical progression, to tell real stories. And I think the story of Trashed is worth telling.

2. And what led you to be part of this film as not only the narrator, but the very unusual position of protagonist in a documentary?

Well, I narrate many documentaries. But now to be there in a way, as an audience member, somebody who knows nothing about the situation. Although I did of course know a little bit about it. But I wanted to ask the questions that the audience would have asked, had they had a chance. And I felt it was very important to be meshed into it, in that way.

3. And how would you compare and contrast your very different roles as actor and activist?

Well, inquiry is needed in both. If I’m playing a character in a drama, I have to inquire about the world he lives in. And the sort of person he is, and what he’s done with his life. So I have to discover all of that. And the great advantage I have as an actor, is that I’m known. And therefore people will listen to me and watch me. And I feel in a way, that’s a responsibility.  I have a voice. I should use it. And not just with drama.

4. Jeremy, talk about the most horrific part of Trashed, the deformed children even decades later in post-war Vietnam.

As far as all those deformed fetuses in the bottles there, which was very upsetting, it was important to show that. And war I think, is something we have to fight against. You know, it’s hard to see the upside of any war. It may seem like a good idea at the beginning, but by the time you finish you think really, we shouldn’t have done that.

5. How does it feel to make that major switchup personally, from celebrity to just another civilian venturing out into the world among people, to talk about environmental issues. Rather than say, people venturing into theaters to see you?

I love it. I’ve always believed that to be an artist, an interesting artist, you have to be involved in life. You have to care about life. It’s an enormous privilege, doing the work I do. It brings me into people’s lives, sometimes into people’s hearts. And not to use that intimacy that I have with my audience, to tell them something that I believe is important, would seem a terrible thing. And an abuse of my position.

6. And how do you feel your activism concerning the environment has changed you?

When I see how people are amazed by this film, it gives me some of the joy maybe a teacher gets, when he sees people being really affected. And of course it’s the people in the audience who will get things changed. These big changes that we have to make to the way we behave and the way we live, they take time. And they build on themselves. And I see our film as being part of that process.

7. What about the challenge of opposing the huge corporations, and their stranglehold on the government?

 I think it’s an enormous shame, that governments have seem to lost the voice of the people. And who don’t want to be controlled by vast, amoral corporations. We cannot live in that way. And I think our governments have to fight corporations on our behalf. For instance, plastic makes money for a lot of people. But nobody has discovered a way to get rid of it. Our governments should be our guardians. We elect them to look after us. And not just to make people rich.

Jeremy Irons at 92Y to Discuss ‘Trashed’

Actor Jeremy Irons appeared in Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf on December 11, 2012. In this clip, Irons speaks about his new documentary film Trashed and what practical things we can do to improve our environment. Irons says we can find out from our legislators where out trash goes as well as get them to mark clearly what can and can’t be recycled.

Q. and A.: Jeremy Irons and ‘Trashed’ from The New York Times

Q. and A.: Jeremy Irons and ‘Trashed’
By JOANNA M. FOSTER
Read the original post HERE.

Green: Living

A new documentary about the ultimate fate of just about everything we lug home from the mall opens on Friday in limited release in the United States. “Trashed,” directed by Candida Brady and starring Jeremy Irons, delves into the less festive side of consumerism and waste disposal — overflowing landfills in England, a toxic trash incinerator in Iceland, a hospital for children with birth defects in Vietnam.

We sat down recently with Mr. Irons to talk trash. Following are excerpts, edited for brevity and clarity.

Q. “Trashed” opens with a powerful image from Lebanon of a mountain of trash stacked high next to the ocean. Can you describe what it was like sitting on that trash mountain?

A. It was appalling. I’ve never been so grateful to leave the “set” of a film. It is certainly something to look at, but what people who see the film don’t experience is the smell of dead animals and wafting chemicals that make you gag. There are flies and fleas everywhere, stray dogs tripping over rubbish and yapping furiously at the scavenging birds circling overhead.

What really made my stomach turn was watching the steady stream of evil-looking runoff oozing from the bottom of the mountain of garbage straight into the sea. It looks and smells like poison, and there are still fishermen out there, although far fewer than there used to be.

What fish they do catch certainly aren’t eating what you or I would care to eat. It was all just horrific, but what’s happening there is what happens if you do nothing, and it’s an illustration of what we are all doing only they haven’t bothered to hide it.

Q. Has making “Trashed” led you to change any of your personal habits?

A.Yes. And I don’t consider myself an environmentalist or activist — I’m hardly an expert on green living. But what I’ve started doing since making the film is that I take packaging off at the point of purchase.

I consider myself quite capable of getting my tomatoes home safely without sitting on them, so why must they come packaged in plastic armor? And I think I can even get a pair of scissors home without chopping off my hand so I really don’t need that damned impenetrable plastic shell.

So I take it off and leave it on the counter and ask the person who sold it to me to deal with it themselves, because I didn’t want it in the first place. That way we push it back toward the manufacturers because the supermarkets will say: “Look, we can’t deal with all of this. Can you please provide less or take it back and reuse it?”

Q.How do you think waste compares with climate change as an issue? Shouldn’t trash be an even more obvious problem that no one can dispute?

A.It seems pretty obvious when you see a landfill or a the insides of a seabird bursting with plastic fragments. But so much of that is so removed from our everyday lives that it’s a bit like climate change and Bangladesh — out of sight, out of mind.

And just like there are those who dispute the scientific evidence behind climate change, there are those who argue there is no connection between environmental toxins and health. In the documentary we talk to villagers in France living near an incinerator who saw cancer rates spike in their community. They took the government to court over it and were told that there was no proof of any connection. Just like some of the effects of climate change, some of these health effects are still down the pipeline.

Finally, there’s also a lot of money in trash, as there is in the fossil fuel industry. In places like New York, it’s not just a lack of organization that results in so little being recycled, it’s also that there is a huge amount of money in trash disposal. The people who are getting rid of our waste at the moment have a fine industry and have no incentive to change that.

Q.What practical steps would you recommend to anyone who sees “Trashed” and wants to do something?

A.Find out in an intelligent way what happens to the waste that leaves your home, and decide whether this is something you approve of. You might be surprised to learn that, especially around New York, much of it is incinerated in areas with poor, disadvantaged communities. Are you O.K. with the poor getting your toxic ash?

If you’re not, become a little motivated and write to your Congressman to ask if they think this is acceptable.

I also would like to encourage people to actually buy something. If you don’t have a reusable shopping bag, please get one and get a second for a friend or family member. There are kinds that fold up as small as a Ping Pong ball and you can keep it in your purse or briefcase and never have to take a pointless plastic bag home again.

And although you might get a few dirty looks, see what happens if you start taking the packaging off at the point of purchase. Retailers are very sensitive to their customers — you have the power to let them know what you do and don’t like, and they will listen.

Q.What was the most surprising thing you learned while making the documentary?

A.I didn’t realize that all this nondegradable rubbish and consumerism is in large part thanks to World War II and the massive war production apparatus that needed to be developed for peaceful purposes after the days of making weapons had ended. I was born in 1948, so it’s really only in my lifetime that this throwaway society has emerged.

I do remember a time before plastic bags when there was just a lot less of everything. I’m still a bit shocked when I walk down Main Street and see all this stuff in the windows. Who buys it all? How could you ever find the time to wear or use it all?

Maybe I’m just getting old, and I know that buying things doesn’t make you happy. But I feel like there’s a new social mood, maybe because of the economic crisis, more of us are reflecting on what we really need and what we can do without.

Q.The Christmas shopping season is in full swing. What would you like to say to people as they head out to the mall or load up their Amazon shopping cart?

A.Don’t buy people something they don’t need, let alone don’t want. Send them a kind message. I know we’re all supposed to keep on buying to get the economy going, but most of us don’t need very much — and in my opinion there is nothing like a lovely pair of warm socks or a good bar of soap.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/14/q-and-a-jeremy-irons-and-trashed/?partner=rss&emc=rss

Jeremy Irons on “Say Anything!” with Joy Behar

Jeremy Irons was interviewed on Joy Behar’s show “Say Anything!” on the Current television network, on Thursday 13 December 2012.

Here are a couple of clips:

Here’s a Behind the Scenes clip with Eliot Spitzer and Jeremy discussing the Claus von Bulow case:

http://current.com/shows/joy-behar/videos/behind-the-scenes-jeremy-irons-and-eliot-spitzer-on-the-claus-von-bulow-reversal-of-fortune-case/

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