Jeremy Irons on Studio 360

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Jeremy Irons was recently a guest on Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson.

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“You can’t play a bad guy thinking, ‘I’m a bad guy,’” Jeremy Irons tells Kurt Andersen. “You’ve got to say, ‘Why does he make that choice to behave in that way?’” It’s all about playing the gray areas.

Irons knows from despicable; for 40 years, he’s been our best bad guy — the possibly murderous Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune; the deranged twins in Dead Ringers; the fratricidal Scar in The Lion King. Irons’ latest complicated character is Rodrigo Borgia, a pope with mistresses and illegitimate children, in Showtime’s The Borgias.

It’s a good thing Irons was bad at science. “I wanted to be a veterinarian,” he tells Kurt, “but I didn’t show any signs of a scientific mind.” The headmaster thought he would join the army; his mates thought he’d become an antiques dealer. Instead, at 64, Irons is as busy in film as ever. Kurt wonders whether Irons ever agonizes over the roles he takes. “No, I’m pretty sanguine about that. I sort of know what I want to do and it comes just through appetite. I mean you see a bacon sandwich on a full stomach you think, ‘I don’t want it.’ And then, you know a day later you look at it and think, ‘I’ll eat that.’”

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Bonus Audio – Jeremy’s 3 for 360

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Jeremy’s Guest Picks – from The Leonard Lopate Show

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From religion professors to stand-up comedians, and from influential political figures to celebrated authors, The Leonard Lopate Show talks to the people that shape our culture. We decided to ask some of our guests about the books, films, and music that move them…

Jeremy Irons

04/16/09

What have you read or seen recently (book, play, film, etc.) that moved or surprised you?

Mary Stuart at the Broadhurst Theatre
Reading Love Child by Allegra Huston. Extraordinarily good.

What are you listening to right now?

8,000 tracks on my iPod shuffle.

What’s the last great book you read?

A Strange Eventful History – Michael Holroyd.
(the lives of Henry Irving & Ellen Terry & their offspring)

What’s one thing you are a fan of that people might not expect?

People who listen.

Jeremy Irons on Leonard Lopate – Listen Here!

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Jeremy Irons to be on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show

TUESDAY 14 APRIL 2009

Tony Award-winner Jeremy Irons on why the play “Impressionism” lured him back to Broadway for the first time since “The Real Thing” in 1984.

Airs weekdays at 12PM on 93.9 FM and AM 820 and Tuesdays through Saturdays at 3AM on AM 820.

WNYC Leonard Lopate Show

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