Jeremy Irons joined the press conference at the Sundance Film Festival for The Words via Skype today, from his home in Oxfordshire.
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Jeremy Irons might have been thousands of miles away from the Sundance Film Festival, but he was the life of the party at The Words press conference on Thursday.
By Bryan Alexander
Skyping in from his computer in Oxfordshire, England (where he’s about to shoot a new movie), Irons interrupted the press conference at one point to ask to see his co-star Bradley Cooper.
“Could you please turn the camera towards Bradley for me,” Irons said. “My (assistant) is sitting on the floor here and she’s very keen to see him up close.”
People’s reigning Sexiest-Man-Alive Cooper, who was showing some serious Sundance stubble, was finally brought in front of the camera. Irons then coo-ed: “Okay Bradley, now smolder for me.”
Irons puffed away on cigarettes as his image was broadcast on a large screen during the press conference at the Acura Studio in Park City, Utah.
“The advantage I have here is that I can have a cigarette,” he gloated. “The disadvantage is that I cannot hit the ski slopes.”
Irons, 63, also went on to talk about how hard it was to play an old man in the film.
“The hardest thing was to play someone so incredibly old,” he said. “Because you know I’m actually quite young. The reason I have this beard is because I play someone who is also old. It’s a stretch.”
Irons was such a hoot that writer-director Brian Klugman finally announced, “Jeremy will now be doing five-minutes of stand-up.”
The Sundance Film Festival poster for Jeremy’s upcoming movie The Words has been released:
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Bradley Cooper gets shady in Sundance mystery ‘The Words’
Now Bradley Cooper is the “textiest man alive.”
This poster for his upcoming Sundance mystery-romance The Words depicts The Hangover actor in silhouette, rendered by lines from the movie’s screenplay — a nod to the movie’s themes about how our use of words defines us (especially if they’re not ours to begin with).
Cooper stars as a struggling writer whose wife (Zoe Saldana) buys a valise for him in an antiques shop, which happens to contain the manuscript for a lost masterwork by a Hemingway-esque writer (Jeremy Irons). Things take a dark turn when he decides to publish it as his own work.
The Words is the closing night movie for the festival, which runs from Jan. 19-29. Co-writers and co-directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal originally penned the script 12 years ago. Thankfully, they never lost it in and old briefcase.
“We started by talking about writers and their lost work. What if you lost all your work? How long would it take you to move on?” says Sternthal.
“That led us to a question, what if you found the work?” Klugman adds.
Olivia Wilde co-stars as the threat looming over Cooper, a fellow scribe who wants to know more about the origin of his best-selling and beloved novel. “Olivia plays someone who wants to be a great writer, and also wants to know the truth about what happened with this book,” Sternthal says.
While it’s difficult to tell a cinematic story about writing (a guy sitting at a keyboard is hard to dramatize), Sternthal and Klugman describe The Words almost as a heist film. It’s challenging to write well, but the tools are available to anyone who wants them — which means they are also easily stolen. “When you’ve been in this industry and try to be an actor or a director — to be anything — you need so many elements to come into place. You need money. You need someone to say, basically, ‘It’s okay, you can do this.’ But to be a writer, to work with words, you need a pen and paper,” Klugman says.
“And the best thing about it is, if it sucks, you can just throw it out,” Sternthal jokes.
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The Words, starring Jeremy Irons, will be the closing night film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Its gala red carpet premiere will be at 9:30 pm on Saturday 28 January, at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Utah.
DIRECTOR Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
SCREENWRITERS Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
U.S.A., 2011, 96 min, color,
English with some French
|6:30 pm||1/27/2012||WORDS27CE||Eccles Theatre||Park City||Waitlist Only|
|9:00 am||1/28/2012||WORDS28CM||Eccles Theatre||Park City||Waitlist Only|
|9:30 pm||1/28/2012||WORDS28ON||Peery’s Egyptian Theater||Ogden||Available|
|12:30 pm||1/29/2012||WORDS29GD||Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center||Salt Lake City||Waitlist Only|
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival takes place Jan. 19-29.
Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), a struggling writer, aspires to be the next great literary voice. When he discovers a lost manuscript in a weathered attaché case, he realizes he possesses something extraordinary that he desperately wishes he had created. Rory decides to pass the work off as his own and finally receives the recognition he desperately craves. However, he soon learns that living with his choice will not be as easy as he thought as he faces a moral dilemma that will make him take a hard look at the man he has become.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM Gala Premiere at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 28th.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Laura Rister, Cassian Elwes, Lisa Wilson, Bradley Cooper
PRODUCERS Michael Benaroya, Tatiana Kelly, Jim Young
CINEMATOGRAPHER Antonio Calvache
EDITOR Leslie Jones
PRODUCTION DESIGNER Michele LaLiberte
COMPOSER Marcelo Zarvos
CAST Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes
A possible new film project for Jeremy Irons – The Words
Bradley Cooper has signed on to star in drama “The Words,” which Lisa Wilson’s Parlay Films, an affiliate of GK Films, is pre-selling at Berlin’s European Film Market.
Jeremy Irons is in talks to co-star in the pic, which is the directorial debut of “Tron Legacy” scribes Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal.
Irons is scheduled to attend the Berlin Film Festival for the international preem of his “Margin Call,” which is screening in competition.
“The Words” reunites “Margin Call’s” Michael Benaroya (of Benaroya Pictures) and Untitled Entertainment’s Laura Rister and Cassian Elwes.
Benaroya, Animus Films’ Jim Young and Serena Films’ Tatiana Kelly will produce while Rister and Elwes are exec producing the pic.
Filmula’s Johnny Lin is in negotiations to co-finance and produce “The Words” with Benaroya.
Klugman and Sternthal’s script was workshopped at the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab and appeared on the Black List, the annual list of Hollywood’s unproduced screenplays.
Story follows a writer who, at the peak of his literary success, discovers the price he must pay for stealing another man’s work.
Parlay Films will handle international sales while domestic rights will be handled by Waterfall Media/Untitled.
Cooper and Irons are repped by CAA.
Here are the first official stills from Jeremy’s upcoming movie Margin Call, also starring Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Demi Moore.
There’s only one of Jeremy in the bunch (so far) and yes, it’s of the back of his head, but it’s him.
Click on any image for a high-resolution enlargement:
Below is the list of characters’ names from Margin Call (left column)
and the actors who portray that character (right column):