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Jeremy Irons has been nominated for a 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as King Henry IV in The Hollow Crown.
In a statement Jeremy Irons said:
“It was a real pleasure to play Henry IV on film surrounded by such a strong cast; and for Richard Eyre’s production to touch so many, reinforces Shakespeare’s relevance to today’s audience. For my performance to be included among those nominated by my peers in the Actors Guild is a great honour.”
The 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards presentation will be held on January 18, 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium & Exposition Center in Los Angeles. The awards will air live, in the USA, on TNT and TBS at 8:00pm EST.
Jeremy is nominated in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.
Here are the nominees in his category:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Matt Damon as Scott Thorson – “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas as Liberace – “Behind the Candelabra”
Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV – “The Hollow Crown”
Jeremy Irons was one of the readers at a Carol Concert to benefit Place2Be, on Monday 9 December 2013, at St. Peter’s Church, Eaton Square, London. Jeremy read “Christmas” by John Betjeman. (Scroll down for complete text)
All photos by Colin Baldwin Photography:
Christmas by John Betjeman
The bells of waiting Advent ring,
The Tortoise stove is lit again
And lamp-oil light across the night
Has caught the streaks of winter rain
In many a stained-glass window sheen
From Crimson Lake to Hookers Green.
The holly in the windy hedge
And round the Manor House the yew
Will soon be stripped to deck the ledge,
The altar, font and arch and pew,
So that the villagers can say
‘The church looks nice’ on Christmas Day.
Provincial Public Houses blaze,
Corporation tramcars clang,
On lighted tenements I gaze,
Where paper decorations hang,
And bunting in the red Town Hall
Says ‘Merry Christmas to you all’.
And London shops on Christmas Eve
Are strung with silver bells and flowers
As hurrying clerks the City leave
To pigeon-haunted classic towers,
And marbled clouds go scudding by
The many-steepled London sky.
And girls in slacks remember Dad,
And oafish louts remember Mum,
And sleepless children’s hearts are glad.
And Christmas-morning bells say ‘Come!’
Even to shining ones who dwell
Safe in the Dorchester Hotel.
And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
A Baby in an ox’s stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me ?
And is it true ? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,
No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare -
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.
Jeremy Irons was one of the readers at a Christmas carol concert at St. Paul’s (The Actor’s Church) in Covent Garden, London on Saturday 7 December 2013.
Jeremy read from “Christmas in the Trenches” by Aaron Shepherd, a fictional version of the story of the legendary Christmas Truce of 1914.
Here is the audio of Jeremy’s reading: (Scroll down to read the full text.)
Photo via Thomas Brand on Instagram
Photo via @Piedraceda on Twitter
Here is the text of what Jeremy read:
Christmas Day, 1914
My dear sister,
It is 2:00 in the morning and most of our men are asleep in their dugouts—yet I couldn’t sleep myself before writing to you of the wonderful events of Christmas Eve. In truth, what happened seems almost like a fairy tale, and if I hadn’t been through it myself, I would scarce believe it.
During the day, there was little shelling or rifle fire from either side. And as darkness fell on our Christmas Eve, the shooting stopped entirely. Our first complete silence for months! We hoped it might promise a peaceful holiday, but we didn’t count on it. We’d been told the Germans might attack and try to catch us off guard.
I went to the dugout to rest, and lying on my cot, I must have drifted asleep. All at once my friend John was shaking me awake, saying, “Come and see! Come and see what the Germans are doing!” I grabbed my rifle, stumbled out into the trench, and stuck my head cautiously above the sandbags.
I never hope to see a stranger and more lovely sight. Clusters of tiny lights were shining all along the German line, left and right as far as the eye could see.
“What is it?” I asked in bewilderment, and John answered, “Christmas trees!”
And so it was. The Germans had placed Christmas trees in front of their trenches, lit by candle or lantern like beacons of good will.
And then we heard their voices raised in song.
Stille nacht, heilige nacht . . . .
I didn’t know the carol, but John knew it and translated: “Silent night, holy night.” I’ve never heard one lovelier—or more meaningful, in that quiet, clear night, its dark softened by a first-quarter moon.
When the song finished, the men in our trenches applauded. Yes, British soldiers applauding Germans! Then one of our men started singing, and we all joined in.
The first Noel, the angel did say . . . .
In truth, we sounded not nearly as good as the Germans, with their fine harmonies. But they responded with enthusiastic applause of their own and then began another.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum . . . .
Then we replied.
O come all ye faithful . . . .
But this time they joined in, singing the same words in Latin.
Adeste fidelis . . . .
British and German harmonizing across No Man’s Land! I would have thought nothing could be more amazing—but what came next was more so.
“English, come over!” we heard one of them shout. “You no shoot, we no shoot.”
There in the trenches, we looked at each other in bewilderment. Then one of us shouted jokingly, “You come over here.”
To our astonishment, we saw two figures rise from the trench, climb over their barbed wire, and advance unprotected across No Man’s Land. One of them called, “Send officer to talk.”
I saw one of our men lift his rifle to the ready, and no doubt others did the same—but our captain called out, “Hold your fire.” Then he climbed out and went to meet the Germans halfway. We heard them talking, and a few minutes later, the captain came back with a German cigar in his mouth!
“We’ve agreed there will be no shooting before midnight tomorrow,” he announced. “But sentries are to remain on duty, and the rest of you, stay alert.”
Across the way, we could make out groups of two or three men starting out of trenches and coming toward us. Then some of us were climbing out too, and in minutes more, there we were in No Man’s Land, over a hundred soldiers and officers of each side, shaking hands with men we’d been trying to kill just hours earlier!
Only a couple of our men knew German, but more of the Germans knew English. I asked one of them why that was.
“Because many of us have worked in England!” he said.
“Perhaps you did!” I said, laughing.
Even those who could not converse could still exchange gifts—our cigarettes for their cigars, our tea for their coffee, our corned beef for their sausage. Badges and buttons from uniforms changed owners, and one of our lads walked off with the infamous spiked helmet! I myself traded a jackknife for a leather equipment belt—a fine souvenir to show when I get home.
Newspapers too changed hands, and the Germans howled with laughter at ours. They assured us that France was finished and Russia nearly beaten too. We told them that was nonsense, and one of them said, “Well, you believe your newspapers and we’ll believe ours.”
Clearly they are lied to—yet after meeting these men, I wonder how truthful our own newspapers have been. These are not the “savage barbarians” we’ve read so much about. They are men with homes and families, hopes and fears, principles and, yes, love of country. In other words, men like ourselves. Why are we led to believe otherwise?
As it grew late, a few more songs were traded around the fire, and then we parted with promises to meet again tomorrow, and even some talk of a football match.
I was just starting back to the trenches when an older German clutched my arm. “My God,” he said, “why cannot we have peace and all go home?”
I told him gently, “That you must ask your emperor.”
He looked at me then, searchingly. “Perhaps, my friend. But also we must ask our hearts.”
And so, dear sister, tell me, has there ever been such a Christmas Eve in all history? And what does it all mean, this impossible befriending of enemies?
For the fighting here, of course, it means regrettably little. Decent fellows those soldiers may be, but they follow orders and we do the same. Besides, we are here to stop their army and send it home, and never could we shirk that duty.
Still, one cannot help imagine what would happen if the spirit shown here were caught by the nations of the world. Of course, disputes must always arise. But what if our leaders were to offer good wishes in place of warnings?
Songs in place of slurs? Presents in place of reprisals? Would not all war end at once?
All nations say they want peace. Yet on this Christmas morning, I wonder if we want it quite enough.
LONDON — Jeremy Irons is set to co-star in the Edward R. Pressman/ Cinemorphic Entertainment Company production of “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” the biopic of Srinivasa Ramanujan, with Dev Patel starring as the revered Indian mathematician.
Irons will play G.H. Hardy, the English mathematician who plucked Ramanujan from obscurity in Edwardian India and installed him in Cambridge University.
The film will be directed by Matthew Brown, who also wrote the screenplay based on the biography “The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan” by Robert Kanigel.
Edward R. Pressman and Prashita Chaudhary of Cinemorphic are producers, along with Jim Young under his Animus Films banner, and Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film.
Pressman said, “I am delighted to be working with Jeremy again. Our last collaboration on ‘Reversal of Fortune’ earned an Oscar for Jeremy, and I could not overstate his amazing talent. We are very fortunate to be able to add an actor of such stature to our production.”
Production on “The Man Who Knew Infinity” is expected to commence on locations in the U.K. and India next year.
Pressman’s COO Jon Katz is serving as executive producer along with Tristine Skyler, Xeitgeist’s Joe Thomas, Pamela Godfrey, Mark Montgomery and Min-Li Tan. Tayyab Madni will serve as an associate producer.
Jeremy Irons, iconic British actor, human rights campaigner and philanthropist was honoured last night at the Chivas Legends Dinner for his considerable career achievements and notable contribution to society.
Being formally recognised as a ‘Chivas Legend’, Jeremy Irons joins the ranks of other legends of the past including Australian cricketer Steve Waugh, Oscar winners Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley and the late, great Sir David Frost.
The fifth annual edition of the Chivas Legends Dinner was attended by 250 of the region’s most eminent leaders and luminaries representing a range of industries from business to media who came together through a shared appreciation for luxury whisky and reverence for the achievements of this year’s legend, Jeremy Irons.
At the event guests enjoyed an evening of pure indulgence in the opulent surroundings of the Asateer Tent, Atlantis The Palm, including; a delectable 5 course meal, expertly paired with the various expressions of Chivas; live music from a 5-piece jazz band; perfectly blended Chivas cocktails; and guided whisky tastings led by Max Warner, Chivas Regal Global Brand Ambassador and Colin Scott, Chivas Regal’s Master Blender.
The evening culminated with an on-stage interview with Jeremy Irons, in which he shared some of his fascinating insights into his illustrious acting career and more recently his philanthropic and humanitarian work, most notably his documentary film ‘Trashed,’ which highlights the shocking environmental impact of pollution.
Speaking about the Chivas Legends Dinner, Chivas Master Blender, Colin Scott said, “It was so fantastic to see so many new and familiar faces at this year’s Chivas Legends Dinner; faces that were truly enthralled and captivated by Jeremy Irons’ presence. Jeremy is the pure personification of honour, integrity and generosity, he lives his life with charisma and optimism and his achievements and causes were inspirational to all that attended.”
On Thursday 31 October, Jeremy Irons and David Cronenberg introduced a screening of Dead Ringers. Jeremy stuck around for a Q&A session, after the screening. [Thank you to Kristen Skeet for the videos.]
On Friday 1 November, Jeremy participated in “In Conversation with Jeremy Irons” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a 1 hour 30 minute conversation and retrospective of his career, with an audience Q&A at the end.
Jeremy Irons also sat down with George Stroumboulopoulos to talk about his career in film and the David Cronenberg retrospective at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. But before they got into that conversation, Irons wanted to talk about Rob Ford, Toronto’s mayor.
Jeremy Irons received a Lifetime Achievement Award at 16th Annual Savannah Film Festival
SAVANNAH, Georgia—Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons received a Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday, Oct. 28, at the 16th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design and running Oct. 26–Nov. 2.
Irons also participated in a Q-and-A after a special screening of Adrian Lyne’s 1997 adaptation of Vladimir Navokov’s novel, “Lolita,” in which he starred alongside Melanie Griffith and Frank Langella.
Listen to a 31 minute audio clip of the Q&A after the screening of Lolita: