Lion-hearted Irons likes cartoon image

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Lion-hearted Irons likes cartoon image

By Colin Bartley
Thursday September 11 2008

JEREMY Irons doesn’t mind being synomynous with a cartoon character.

The English actor has starred in major Hollywood films such as ‘Dead Ringers’, ‘The Mission’ and ‘Reversal of Fortune’, for which he won an Oscar.

But to the younger audience, it seems, he is best known as the voice of a cartoon character.

Last night he picked up another award when he was made an honorary lifetime member of the UCD Law Society.

In front of a packed lecture theatre in Belfield, Irons was questioned by students and host Ryan Tubridy on his life and career.

He accepted the accolade, saying it was convenient as he was in the area.

“I’m building a house in Dublin and just moved in two days ago so it was no problem,” he said.

But without doubt it was his performance as Scar in ‘The Lion King’ that interested most of the audience.

“How does it feel to have a generation associate you with the voice of a cartoon character?” Ryan Tubridy asked Irons.

“I’ve faced up to that. I am known as the voice of Scar. It was very hurtful at my first screening of the film in Radio City, New York.

“My character was hanging from a cliff and fell to his death. All the audience stood up and cheered,” Irons replied.

– Colin Bartley