Jeremy Irons in Feb/Mar 2016 AARP Magazine

Jeremy Irons is featured in the February/March 2016 issue of AARP Magazine

Read the original article at AARP.org

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Jeremy Irons: What I Know Now

The genteel Brit, 67, weighs in on bad guys, butlers, the joy of motorcycles and why he wore sneakers to the Oscars

by Jeremy Irons, AARP The Magazine, February/March 2016

Definitively bad

I enjoy playing villains. It’s very difficult in many situations to know who the villains and good guys are. People tend to think in black and white, and, of course, we are all gray.
Alfred the butler

My Alfred [Batman’s faithful servant] is a slightly different weight and color than previous Alfreds. One has a feeling that he has training; he’s a good security man, technician, mechanic. He may not make the best martini, but he can get the Batmobile on the road, which Bruce Wayne needs.

Irons INFO

Has been married to actress Sinéad Cusack since 1978.
Won the best actor Oscar for his 1990 role as Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune.
A sailor since age 5, he keeps a 29-foot gaff-rigged ketch next to his home in Ireland.

Me time

I get fussier as I get older. I realize there are not as many years ahead of me as behind me — so you begin to think in terms of making the most of your time. I tend not to work for such long periods on films now, so I get more time to myself. Still, I have to remind myself that it’s not necessary to work as hard as I sometimes do.

Like father, like son?

My elder son, a photographer, opted not to go into the business. He didn’t like the public judgment of actors or the fact that his father was known by people he didn’t know. My younger son is an actor and takes refuge in the certainty of imagined characters. He is very comfortable when he is in someone else’s skin.

Changing the world

My father advised me not to get involved in politics, so I skirt around it. But environmental subjects I have concentrated on; I made a documentary about global waste called Trashed. I worry about genetically modified food because it alters the balance of things. The prison system concerns me. I feel we lock up too many people without caring how they will be when we let them out.

The rubber meets the road

I can make up excuses for why I wore sneakers to the Oscars. They weren’t actually trainers; they were a little smarter than deck shoes and had a thin sole. They were black and white, which is what I was wearing on the rest of my body. There’s a nice feeling of keeping your feet on the ground when wearing shoes with no heel, which maybe is an important thing to do on Oscar night.

Born to be wild

I feel as confident on my motorcycle as I do on my two feet. I call it my urban horse. The joy of motorcycling is real freedom and being in touch with the environment — the road circuits, the temperature, the wind, the smells. It’s a wonderful sensory experience.

Jeremy Irons will appear in Race, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Assassin’s Creed this year.

—As told to Margy Rochlin

Jeremy Irons at the 2015 Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival

Jeremy Irons was in Waterville, Co. Kerry, on Friday 21 August 2015, for a screening of his film Trashed.  Jeremy also spoke about the film.

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Jeremy Irons in Cotswold Life Magazine

Jeremy Irons is featured in the August 2015 issue of Cotswold Life magazine, in an article by Katie Jarvis, with photos by Antony Thompson.

A physical copy of the issue can be purchased online HERE for £3.99.  The issue is also available to purchase and download in digital format, for a lower price.

All images and text ©Cotswold Life and Antony Thompson at Thousand Word Media.

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Jeremy Irons at University College Cork for ‘Trashed’ Screening and Q&A

Jeremy Irons was at University College Cork on Monday 23 February, to present his film Trashed and to participate in a discussion and Q&A after the film. Jeremy was also presented with a sapling of a Darwin tree, as a token from UCC students. Time: 2.15pm – 4.30pm Venue: Boole 1, Lecture Theatre, Main campus, University College Cork

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Jeremy Irons on RTE Today

Jeremy Irons was a guest on Cork’s Today programme on RTE, on Monday 23 February 2015, to talk to Dáithí Ó Sé and Maura Derrane about the environmental documentary Trashed.

View a Facebook album of screenshots from the interview

You can watch the interview on the RTE Player until 16 March or view it below:

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Jeremy Irons on RTE Radio One Today with Sean O’Rourke

Jeremy Irons was a guest on RTE Radio One’s Today with Sean O’Rourke on Monday 23 February 2015. He spoke about his environmental documentary Trashed.

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Jeremy Irons on RTE Radio One’s Today with Sean O’Rourke

Jeremy Irons at the Skellig Sessions

Jeremy Irons acted as the moderator of the panel discussion on Sustainability and Climate Change at the Skellig Foundation’s Skellig Sessions on Thursday 20 November 2014 at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.

 

Watch the playback of Jeremy’s Skellig Session here:

 

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