Jeremy Irons on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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The longest version of Jeremy’s interview on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight aired on the Late Edition on Friday 22 November 2013. Watch it here: http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/videos/full-episode/gst-late-s4-episode-49-jeremy-irons

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Jeremy Irons in Geneva to Promote ‘Night Train to Lisbon’

Jeremy Irons was in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday 2 October 2013, to promote his film Night Train to Lisbon.

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Jeremy Irons to Appear at the Literary and Debating Society of NUI Galway

Jeremy Irons will participate in the Launch of the 167th Session of the Literary and Debating Society of NUI Galway.

When: 12 September 2013 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: The Kirwan Theatre – The Concourse – NUIG Galway

The Society is honoured to have Mr Jeremy Irons as the inaugural
speaker of the 167th session of the Society.

Mr Irons will be joined by British actor and television writer, Mr Rob Heyland and both men will address the Society on the responsibility of the privileged to help shape our societies.
The Auditor will chair the meeting and the address will be followed by a question and answer session leading into a period of Private Members’ Time.

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The following is from www.literaryanddebating.com :

With a background as a British television actor including The Professionals and One by One, Mr Rob Heyland turned his mind to observing and writing with involvement in such shows as Foyle’s War, Have Your Cake and Eat It and Ultimate Force. Regarded highly as a prolific social thinker, Mr Heyland’s insights and vision is something to look forward to.

With a career that has included The Lion King, The Man in the Iron Mask, Brideshead Revisited and The Borgias, Mr Jeremy Irons is hugely influential as a dignified and eloquent giant of screen. His
commitment to public discourse, his determination to stand publicly for person-focused society and his work with Evidence for Development make this event an exciting launch to a great session.

Come early as crowds are expected and places are limited.

Come along and let the games begin!

Jeremy Irons in Italy – June 2013

Jeremy Irons attended a press conference in Firenze (Florence), Italy, ahead of the Festival of Writers, where he read from Machiavelli’s The Prince and some works of Vladimir Nabokov, including Lolita.

He also introduced a screening of Trashed in Florence, Italy at the Odeon Cinema and participated in a panel discussion of the issues discussed in the film.

Fantastic album of photos by Francesca Battilani of Jeremy at the Trashed screening.

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Jeremy Irons in ‘The Sunday Times’ 9 June 2013

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Jeremy Irons in Corriere della Sera Magazine

Jeremy Irons is featured in the 7 June 2013 issue of Corriere della Sera Magazine from Italy.

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Here is a translation of the article:
(Thank you to Barbara Danisi for the translation!)

Jeremy Irons arrives in Italy to read Machiavelli’s The Prince together with Laura Morante.

He says that the only real Prince left is the Pope. He’s the only one who has the power to change the world and make it better. He has already begun changing the Vatican: Jeremy was very impressed seeing the Pope washing people’s feet, that’s what the Church needs. Then he compares Pope Bergoglio with the character he played in the movie Mission, Father Gabriel, they’re both of the Jesuit order.

The game of power has remained the same for years. ‘’ Whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse’’ Machiavelli wrote.

Human nature hasn’t changed, and so haven’t the means to control people. Industries only care about their business, politicians in Bruxelles decide for our lives. It’s the game of power. Those who cheat will always find those who let themselves be cheated.

Jeremy has never thought of becoming a politician. To be a politician you must have great ideals, know society, without accepting compromises, which is the most difficult thing to do.

‘’I’ve always tried to organize my life, and I’ve always said to my sons that the most important thing is to find happiness in life. Even when I choose my roles I choose characters who are far away from politics.’’

In theatre he played Richard II, a man who didn’t want to rule, but found himself on the throne, as opposite to Macbeth and his lust for power and dangers. Jeremy says that in politics there have been some good men, such as Nelson Mandela or Churchill. But every politician is disappointing in the end, leading a nation is a hard task.

Bruxelles has power over almost every European nation. Last year in Italy the prime minister was not voted by people, but imposed and charged to put order in the Italian economics, but having an economist as the head of the government is not a good thing.

Ironically there was a politician in the Irons family: one of his ancestors broke into Westminster parliament riding a donkey to make a petition for democracy.

There is one man that Jeremy admires, and he is Pope Francis. Jeremy likes going to church with his Catholic wife Sinead. ‘’When I was in Colombia shooting The Mission I chose to be barefoot all the time because the Indians didn’t wear any shoes and I wanted to feel like them, feel what they felt, a strong bond with nature and the ground under their feet. You can follow the word of Christ without being influenced by the Church of Rome. Actually the Church has always been far away from people , but I think Pope Francis can change this. It will be hard but he can make it’’.

Very different from Pope Francis is Rodrigo Borgia, a dissolute libertine. ‘’I read a lot about him to play this character. He was more of a king than a pope, he wanted to be rich and powerful but in the end he stained the name of his family forever. Rodrigo is often seen as a negative man, but playing a negative character is very charming! Playing the role of someone who goes against the rule of society is very interesting! There’s this constant fight between the good and the evil inside of us’’.

Then Jeremy goes on talking about Trashed. Films, movies (Jeremy’s favourite movie is L’amour by Michael Haneke) cannot change people but can make us aware of the problems we need to solve.
Jeremy Irons says he wants to stay away from politics, but Trashed is a political film.
‘’We are sinking into trash. We are producing too much trash and it pollutes everything, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the sea. But many industries make a lot of money out of trash, so there’s little interest in facing the issue. It would be easy, starting with recycling and reducing packaging. Incinerators are very dangerous, because all goes into the air and can cause damages to people’s brain. Governments should do something about it but they don’t, they’re not interested. ‘’

In the end Jeremy talks about internet and facebook. They should be places for dialogue, instead every word you say is turned around and given the wrong meaning, as it happened recently when Irons stated his views on gay marriage.

‘’Everyone sees what they want to see, few really listen to what you say and understand what you really are’’ Machiavelli wrote 500 years ago. And so we wait for Jeremy in Florence to explain all of this.

Showtime Cancels ‘The Borgias’

Wednesday 5 June 2013

It’s official.  Showtime has announced that The Borgias has been cancelled and there will be no fourth season and no two-hour wrap-up movie.

The current third season of Showtime‘s medieval drama will be its last, with the June 16 season finale serving as series finale.

The series was originally envisioned as going for four seasons, matching the run of predecessor The Tudors. But while filming a pivotal scene in the Season 3 finale, Jordan said Irons turned to him and told him that “this feels like the end of something, that the family has come to an end.” While mulling a potential fourth season, Jordan said he wasn’t sure he had enough material for 10 episodes and wasn’t sure whether Showtime would want to commit to another season either. ”As a compromise, I proposed to finish the arc of all the characters with a two-hour movie,” Jordan said, adding that Showtime commissioned the script and he wrote it. “When they looked at what it could cost, it was just too expensive,” he said. “Sadly, that’s what happened. I would have loved to bring all the characters to a conclusion. All of the actors were heartbroken we couldn’t continue, and so was I.” Jordan said he still likes where the story currently ends with the third season finale, especially for siblings Cesare and Lucrezia, and thanked Showtime for supporting  his vision.Doing a standalone movie to wrap the big-budget Borgias would’ve been hard to pull off not only from a production but also from a marketing and promotion standpoint. “Ultimately the show was designed as a regular series, and I was reluctant to do an extra two-hour disconnected from the whole that could be potentially anti-climactic,” Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins said. “Now we have a nice upward build towards the finale. We have a nice ending, a good climax, and I didn’t want to muck it up with an afterthought.”

Read more:

The Hollywood Reporter

Deadline

TV | Line

Variety

Jeremy Irons BMW Motorrad Hungary Technical Session

Jeremy Irons participated in rider training technical sessions with BMW Motorrad in Hungary. Jeremy completed the basic level of the BMW Motorrad Rider Training course at Kiskunlacháza Airport in Hungary.

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Jeremy Irons at ‘The Borgias’ Press Conference

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Jeremy Irons at ‘The Borgias’ Press Conference at the Corinthia Hotel on May 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)

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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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