Jeremy Irons Joins Cast of Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’

Jeremy Irons has joined the cast of the Jesse Owens biopic Race.

From Variety:

Jesse Owens Biopic Gets Boost From Family

FEBRUARY 7, 2014

By Leo Barraclough

The daughter of Olympic athlete Jesse Owens, Marlene Owens Rankin, was at the Berlin Olympic Stadium on Thursday to attend the international sales launch of “Race,” the biopic about her father. Variety spoke to her and Stephen Hopkins, the director of the film, whose cast Jeremy Irons and Geoffrey Rush have just joined.

Owens Rankin, sitting yards from the spot where Adolf Hitler watched the 1936 Olympics in which Owens won four gold medals, said the film can deliver an uplifting message to young moviegoers.

The message “is about the human spirit — about its endurance and vulnerability — but also the success you can achieve when you are motivated, and persevere in the face of adversity,” she said. “So, hopefully, kids who are underachieving and who lack hope will be motivated by his life and successes in spite of all he went through.”

The film, which was being introduced to buyers for the first time in Berlin by its sales agent Mister Smith Entertainment, tracks Owens’ progress leading up to the 1936 Games, contending with racism in the U.S. and Germany before his eventual triumph. Up-and-coming British thesp John Boyega plays Owens, as previously announced in Variety.

Mister Smith’s David Garrett told buyers gathered at the stadium that they were in advanced negotiations with Carice Van Houten to play Leni Riefenstahl.

He announced that Al Munteanu’s SquareOne Entertainment, the German distributor and an exec producer, and Canadian distrib eOne have boarded the project. Production will start May 24, and with the pic to lense in Berlin and Montreal.

“It will feel like a contemporary story,” Hopkins said. “It is about a kid from the wrong side of the tracks fighting his way to the forefront to represent his country. It should be something where people go, ‘I can’t believe this ever happened.’

“My dream is to present a real hero,” he added. “Someone who does it because of his need to better himself and to be dignified, but not in a stuffy way.”

Garrett said he likes to think of the project as “Chariots of Fire” on acid.

“It is an unbelievable story that if you had written it as fiction people would have gone, ‘Hmm, nah. That’s too amazing to be true,’ ” Garrett said. “It has so many stratas, whether it is the issues of prejudice and segregation, and then the hypocrisy of it all, and how people are prepared to compromise their views. It’s about one man breaking down so many people’s prejudices.”

Munteanu said, “It was supposed to be the Nazi Olympics, and he upstaged it entirely. It is a story about complete and utter dedication at a time when everything was against him.”

Producers include Forecast Pictures’ Jean Charles Levy and ID+’s Luc Dayan.

‘Night Train to Lisbon’ – Set Photos and News

Filming has begun, in Bern, Switzerland, on Jeremy’s latest film Night Train to Lisbon. Jeremy plays Raimund Gregorius, the main character from the novel by Pascal Mercier.

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from www.20min.ch
[Translated from German]

On the Kirchenfeldbrücke yesterday, the most important scenes were shot to international film production, “Night Train to Lisbon”: In this the Bernese school teacher Raimund Gregorius holds on the bridge, a young Portuguese woman on it, to plunge into the river Aare. Plays Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, the hero of the novel “Night Train to Lisbon” of Berners Peter Bieri: In the lead role. “A film is something of the best that there is an Embassy”, is pleased Mayor Alexander Tschäppät.

Only the weather did not play

The shooting was half-Berne in operation: police and firefighters blocked for hours from the church-span bridge, Bernmobil led to four lines and the STAPI held on Saturday for the star-studded crew reception: “is absolutely easy Irons. He chatted with everyone and left the hall as one of the last, “says Tschäppät.

Only the weather was a thorn in the film-makers: instead of pouring rain there was bright sunshine. “This must expect every film crew,” said a spokesman on the set. The rain came on again from the rubber hose. Tomorrow go on the shooting in the Old Town.
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from Der Bunde

Hollywood on Sunday occupied the Bernese Kirchenfeldbrücke for the film adaptation of the bestselling ‘Night Train to Lisbon “. Also included: movie star Jeremy Irons.

On Sunday, the church-span bridge for pedestrians and public transport is blocked. The reason Hollywood makes in the city for the film adaptation of the bestselling ‘Night Train to Lisbon “wide of the Bernese writer Pascal Mercier.

By turning it on is Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons, who lived as a Latin teacher Raimund Gregorius that fateful encounter with an alleged suicide at the church-span bridge that will put his life on its head. Irons plays the leading role, originally was scheduled for Geoffrey Rush.

The Danish director Bille August (“Pelle the Conqueror”) takes over the film. The budget of the production is 7.5 million €.

The church-span bridge is closed until Sunday night by 20 clock. The trams and buses will be rerouted.
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from Der Bunde

The successful novel, “Night Train to Lisbon” of lecturing in Germany Berne writer Peter Bieri aka Pascal Mercier is filmed partly in Bern. “The school and church field Kirchenfeldbrücke will also play an important role in the film,” executive producer Peter Reichenbach says of the Zurich company C film. Filming will take place in late February / early March 2012. The week after next will examine the Danish director Bille August (“Pelle the Conqueror”) and his team have several locations in the federal city, which for the rotation are eligible, says Reichenbach. The end of June this year, the producer left open whether the opening sequences of the 7.5-million-euro project will actually filmed in the federal capital.

For the lead role was originally Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”) are provided. Now Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons (62) experience as a Latin teacher Raimond Gregory that fateful encounter with an alleged suicide at the church-span bridge that will put his life on its head.

Beside the church-span bridge and the same high school are also the main station Bern as well as a bookshop and a private apartment in the Old Town as provided locations. The film is also playing in the Stars, Bruno Ganz and Vanessa Redgrave will come but not in the federal city in action. “Because of their roles, they occur only in Portugal before the camera,” says Reichenbach.

Old Town Apartment Wanted

The Bernese, “location scout” for the production Renatus Mauderli. He clarifies these days, which the bookstore and housing which are eligible as locations. The Bookshop on the Iberian Hirschengraben, in a work that writer Gregory joins, whose life he seeks to trace in Lisbon, there is no longer a business with its own window. Mauderli therefore had to start looking and has a total of seven bookstores found appropriate, would make their owners for their location shooting available. Slightly more difficult, the search for an old apartment that could easily pass as the Bern home of Gregory. “The residents have to be prepared for some inconvenience.” So it would be about ready to move during the filming of the hotel, says Mauderli.

The best would be a flat “with character” that could fit into a not so young teacher of ancient languages. The ideal location would be the Lower Old Town or the Matte district. Anyone embarking on this adventure, gets reimbursed cost and trouble. “In addition, it is then the owner or tenant of an apartment, Jeremy Irons has played in one,” says Mauderli. (The Federation)
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from Publico

From 19 March the Danish filmmaker who filmed around here part of “The House of the Spirits” in the ’90s, returns to film “Night Train to Lisbon,” the adaptation of the bestselling novel by Pascal Mercier, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling.

Bille August, director of “The House of the Spirits”, film adaptation of the novel by Isabel Allende, will return to Portugal to shoot. And it brings the actors Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee and Bruno Ganz.

The Danish filmmaker begins tomorrow in Bern, Switzerland, shooting the film “Night Train to Lisbon”. From 19 March the team will be filming in Lisbon, told Lusa Portuguese co-producer, Paul Trancoso. Nicholas Breyner, Adriano Luz, Beatriz Batarda, Philip Vargas and director Joaquim Leitão are some of the Portuguese players entering the fime.

“Night Train to Lisbon” is a co-production between Portugal, Germany and Switzerland and has a budget of eight million. The book by Pascal Mercier, pseudonym of Peter Bieri, a philosophy professor at the University of Berlin, tells the story of a Swiss professor who, after meeting a Portuguese woman, moves to Lisbon to follow the path of Amadeu de Prado, a physician and poet who fought against the dictatorship of the Estado Novo.

When the writer was in Portugal to launch the novel for years lamented the Daily News: “I want to separate very well the book of the film. I have little doubt that they can make a movie of this book, but the rights were sold … They changed the characters, plot, atmosphere, everything … “The Epsilon in March 2008, the plot was well described by José Maria Oliveira:” After a mysterious encounter with a Portuguese woman in a night of rain, Raimund Gregorius, 57, professor of Latin, Greek and Hebrew in Bern, discovers a book by a Portuguese poet and doctor, Amadeu de Prado, who had been persecuted by the dictatorship. This work, ‘A goldsmith of words’ transforms the life of the quiet professor who catch the night train to Lisbon in search of the author. Amadeu died in 1973, but does not detract from Gregorius and starts a tour of the city, looking for traces of life of a man who rallied the anti-fascist resistance, whose writings inspired person, still haunt many people. “And he added:” Through the reports of Amadeu family and former political prisoners, there are many elements of national historiography: Salazar, the PIDE, the Tarrafal, the Portuguese Youth. “

At that time, Paul Trancoso read the novel and realized that the plot “could lead Lisbon to the world,” he told Lusa. Portuguese then contacted the publisher who published the book, Don Quixote, “to see if the film rights would be free” and then made known to the Swiss producer, involved in making the movie, Portuguese interest in participating in a possible co-production.

The shooting will end in Lisbon May 4 and will include filming in various locations around the city. On Sunday, March 18, there will be a press conference in Lisbon, which will be attended Jeremy Irons, Nicholas Breyner, director Bille August and producers. Trancoso Paul believes the film will be “fantastically good for the image of Lisbon outside the country.”

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from DerBunde

“A pleasant city to smoke a cigarette”

By Matthew Ryffel .
Hollywood is a guest in Bern – thanks to the film adaptation of Pascal Mercier’s bestseller, “Night Train to Lisbon”. Oscar winner Jeremy Irons praised the city unduly.

Since Sunday turned Oscar winner Jeremy Irons in Bern.
Photo: Keystone 

On Sunday, a touch of Hollywood was to feel in Bern.

Peter Bieri aka Pascal Mercier and Jeremy Irons – the Bernese author and Oscar-winner. It’s an odd couple, which is this afternoon at the “Salon Royal” in the Bernese Nobel presents Bellevue hotels to the press and gives information about the film adaptation of Mercier’s buyer, “Night Train to Lisbon”.

The “Night Train to Lisbon ‘has its origin in the church-span bridge. The Latin teacher Raimond Gregory, the film embodies Irons met there a nice Portuguese and the “Night Train” is on the move.

“Beautiful City”

The federal capital was during the last few days now and the first stop of the film crew, the novel takes on Canvas Bieri. On Sunday, the cameras caught by Danish director Bille August, the fateful meeting at a church-span bridge, was also shot in the church school box itself, in an old house, in the Book of Books and wild at the central station.

While Jeremy Irons in the flashlights of the cameras tend to look bored, Peter Bieri seems not quite in his element. The journalists’ questions, he answered cautiously, while Irons soon falls into raptures.

Jeremy Irons is one of Bern “beautiful city”. Pleasing to not only make films, but also simply to smoke outside in the sun for a cigarette, or go shopping. In his words: “A pleasant city to just sit outside and smoke a cigarette.”

“The pictures of my imagination”

In the hymn of praise to the federal city vote even after the series director and producer. They praise the kind people and the scenery. Bern had presented Peter Reichenbach says of the production company C film. “We hope that we now Lisbon welcomes you with open arms.”

Peter Bieri says that for him it was “essential” to film in Bern. He had grown up here, in the church field went to school. “The pictures of my imagination that have condensed into the novel come from here.”

The movie poster from the movie people sit on the panel and author of stage shows, a man who goes from a dark concourse beyond the light. The tagline under the title “Night Train to Lisbon” is: “Only when you are lost can you truly find yourself.”

Whether this will set his novel justice, Bieri is asked by a skeptical journalist. “I just read this sentence, for the first time,” replied Bieri, after he turned around and has studied the poster. It is certainly not a quotation from the book. And adds: “To tell them the truth – I can not find much in this sentence make sense.” The sentence sounded well, but as a philosopher he would say: “conceptually quite incoherent.”

Producer and director to respond with laughter. Reichenbach takes the floor: It stands without question that we are now very common to find a set Bieri, who bring the essence of the book in a nutshell. “One that sounds good,” he adds with a grin. But one must see clearly: The film is not in the box and nobody knows exactly how he would ultimately be. “Not until you drink it, you actually smell it,” adds Irons.

“The film is the film, the book is the book»

Did he influence suppose that the movie will do justice to his book, Bieri asked. “The film is the film, the book is the book” answers Bieri. He was so involved in the screenplay. If there are some differences, however, was not so bad: “I am confident that this shows a very good movie.”

(DerBund.ch / Newsnet)

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From 20min.ch

[Google Translated from German]

The Briton was only three days in Bern – but he would have endured longer. “The city is beautiful. The bridges, the river, the architecture. I’m sitting in the sun, I read the paper and smoking, “says the charismatic actor. “And can buy super man in Bern as well.” Jeremy Irons talks to 20 minutes.

Jeremy Irons talks to 20 minutes.

“I love raclette and what you do with your flesh.”

[Raclette is both a type of cheese and a Swiss dish based on heating the cheese and scraping off (racler) the melted part.]

In the film adaptation of the eponymous novel by Swiss author Peter Bieri of the 63-year-old slips into the role of a Bernese teacher who one day breaks out of his everyday life. “I think he is typically Swiss. His life is in a controlled manner, as the tracks of a train, so Irons »to 20 minutes. Quite different from him. “I am a Roma, an eternal traveler,” he says. Put themselves in the role of a Swiss father, he remembered – the stars, thank – but not heavy. “I was born under the zodiac sign Virgo, so I’m very organized. And among you there must be many pretty young women, almost everything works here, “jokes Irons.

Although the film team now moves on to Portugal – private Irons come back soon safe in Switzerland. He often visited friends on Lake Geneva or to St. Moritz for skiing. And he likes the Swiss cuisine: “I love raclette and what you do with your flesh.”

Jeremy Irons at BAM for Diary of a Madman

Critics night at “The Diary Of A Madman” at BAM starring Geoffrey Rush with Jeremy Irons at Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 16, 2011 in New York City.

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Jeremy in June 2009 issue of Vanity Fair

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From left: André De Shields, Impressionism; Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King; Joan Allen, Impressionism; Colin Hanks, 33 Variations; Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart; John Glover, Waiting for Godot; Lauren Ambrose, Exit the King; Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage; Jeremy Irons, Impressionism; Hope Davis, God of Carnage; James Gandolfini, God of Carnage; Andrea Martin, Exit the King; Steven Weber, The Philanthropist; Marsha Mason, Impressionism; Matthew Broderick, The Philanthropist; Jeff Daniels, God of Carnage; Nathan Lane, Waiting for Godot; Michael T. Weiss, Impressionism; Harriet Walter, Mary Stuart; Susan Sarandon, Exit the King; Jane Fonda, 33 Variations; Tovah Feldshuh, Irena’s Vow; David Hyde Pierce, Accent on Youth; Samantha Mathis, 33 Variations; Bill Irwin, Waiting for Godot. Photograph by Mark Seliger; styled by Christine Hahn
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PORTRAIT & BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO

For the June 2009 issue, Vanity Fair gathered 25 acclaimed Broadway stars of stage and screen for an original portrait taken by famed photographer Mark Seliger. The actors featured are now appearing on the New York stage in some of the hottest Broadway plays of the spring season.

For the shoot in late February, the actors arrived at Seliger Studios early in the morning for a light breakfast and a chance to catch-up with old friends, new friends and long-time colleagues. As they all started to fill the small studio space, their connection to each other was undeniable. Some had appeared together on stage or screen, some had passing social connections, and some met colleagues they long-admired for the first time. Since the photo shoot, the actors have met up with each other socially between performances and even had the chance to see their colleagues in action on stage.

The actors featured in the portrait include: 33 Variations’ Jane Fonda, Colin Hanks & Samantha Mathis; Accent on Youth’s David Hyde Pierce; Exit the King’s Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, Lauren Ambrose & Andrea Martin; God of Carnage’s Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini & Marcia Gay Harden; Impressionism’s Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen, Andrè De Shields, Marsha Mason and Michael T. Weiss; Irena’s Vow’s Tovah Feldshuh; Mary Stuart’s Janet McTeer & Harriet Walter; The Philanthropist’s Matthew Broderick & Steven Weber; Waiting for Godot’s Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin & John Glover.

To see this once in a lifetime gathering of actors, check out the June 2009 issue of Vanity Fair on stands Wednesday, May 6th. Click here for a special preview of the feature and footage from the shoot.

Mark Seliger and Vanity Fair have generously donated two prints of the portrait to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids. BC/EFA will have the prints signed and auctioned at a future event.

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