Jeremy Irons on ‘Desert Island Discs’

Jeremy’s second appearance on BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island Discs” from Sunday 5 February 2006 is now available on iTunes for FREE!

Click on the image below to download on iTunes:

[The iTunes version just plays clips of the songs Jeremy has chosen, due to licensing issues. That is the reason that the iTunes broadcast is slightly shorter than the version on the BBC website. The interview portion with Jeremy is unedited.]

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Introduction from the BBC website:

Sue Lawley’s castaway this week is the actor Jeremy Irons.

He made his name playing Charles Ryder in Brideshead Revisited in 1981 and became known for his quintessentially English roles. It was an image he later sought to discard and he certainly did so in the film Lolita, where his portrayal of Humbert Humbert reopened the controversy about the desires of a middle-aged man for a 14-year old girl. In the film The Mission he played a gentle Jesuit missionary and went on to act as his own stuntman, climbing a perilous waterfall. It was his performance in Reversal of Fortune that won him an Oscar for Best Actor as the real-life character Claus Von Bulow, accused and acquitted of the attempted murder of his wife. Later this month, he returns to the West End stage after almost 20 years to star in the play Embers, a story of friendship and betrayal.

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The full, unedited version of Jeremy’s “Desert Island Discs” episode is also available to listen to or to download to keep from the BBC 4 Website.  There you can also read the details of his first appearance on “Desert Island Discs” on Sunday 2 November 1986, but it is not available to listen to.

Jeremy’s song choices:

Favourite track: “One step at a Time” by Clifton Chenier
Book: Ashley Books of Knots by Clifford Ashley

 

Luxury: Rizla liquorice papers

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Sinead Cusack’s appearance from Sunday 15 December 2002 on “Desert Island Discs” is also available through iTunes and the BBC website.  Her first appearance, from Saturday 28 May 1983 is also detailed on the BBC website, but is not available to listen to.

 

Jeremy Irons – at ‘The Half’

The Half: Photographs of Actors Preparing for the Stage
by Simon Annand

For 25 years actors have given Simon Annand unprecedented access to photograph them during the thirty minutes before curtain up, known as ‘the half’. These rare images show the myriad ways actors focus for the performance ahead and offer a dazzling gallery of our most celebrated actors.

In 2008, Annand’s photographs from The Half were part of an exhibit at the National Theatre in London from September 22 to November 9.

Click HERE to buy the book from Amazon.com

Click HERE to buy a print of one of Annand’s photos of Jeremy.

Here is Annand’s 1986 photo of Jeremy:

Here is Annand’s 2006 photo of Jeremy:

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