“Impressionism” rehearsals begin in January

Quote from Joan Allen, Jeremy’s co-star in “Impressionism” in an interview on www.premiere.com:  “… I do know that I am starting rehearsal in January for this play. I do know that January through to July 20th or something, I am taken. We start previewing in February, and I think the official opening is the first or second week of March for a sixteen-week run.”

Jeremy Irons honoured by UCD Law Society

Posted: 11 September 2008

Jeremy Irons honoured by UCD Law Society

In recognition of his lifetime achievements on screen and stage, Jeremy Irons has received honorary lifetime membership of the UCD Law Society. Before accepting the award, Irons took part in a live interview about his life and career with RTE Presenter, Ryan Tubridy, in front of several hundred students in a packed lecture theatre at Belfield.

“The lifetime membership is the highest honour that the UCD Law Society can bestow,” said Niall Ó hUiginn, Auditor of the UCD Law Society. “It is awarded to individuals who have truly excelled in their chosen vocation or walk of life.”

Born in Cowes, the Isle of Wight, Irons divides his time between his homes in Watlington, Oxfordshire, and Kilcoe Castle in County Cork. He has recently acquired a house in Dublin.

Irons truly made his mark on the map through his portrayal of Charles Ryder, the archetypal Englishman, in Brideshead Revisited in 1981. He made his Broadway debut in 1984, in The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard playing alongside Glenn Close. He won an Oscar for best actor and a Golden Globe for his role in Reversal of Fortune (1990); a New York Film Critics Circle Award for his role in Dead Ringers (1987); a Tony for his role in The Real Thing on Broadway (1984) and a Best Supporting Actor Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in Elizabeth I where he played alongside Helen Mirren (2006). Throughout his film career, Irons has continued to perform classical roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

“Does lifetime membership of the Law Society entitle me to discounted legal bills?” Irons quipped, accepting the award. Previous recipients of the award include: Former US President, Bill Clinton; Author, Jung Chang; and ‘Lord of the Dance’, Michael Flatley.

Jeremy attended Hugo Boss party at TIFF



With parties happening all over the city last night, the question was not which one but how to best allocate time. Hugo Boss hosted a low-key but high-style gathering for Appaloosa at its Hazelton Avenue showroom. Not to mix film metaphors but knowing that three musketeers Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen and Jeremy Irons would be stopping by made this party a must.

In past years, Hugo Boss events would be crammed to the point of being uncomfortable. Not so this year which, according to the brand’s Canadian president Les Minion, was intentional. “We’re trying to downsize,” he said, looking handsome as usual. “Otherwise you lose the intimacy.”

Consequently, the pedigreed and polished actors seemed at ease. Women could not resist having their picture taken with Mr. Mortensen while a lovely chat with Mr. Harris (more on this next time) revealed he took eight years to prepare for Pollock. (Good thing he won the Oscar.)

Leaving the Appaloosa party wasn’t easy. But Holt Renfrew was calling. And I was already fashionably late.

Jeremy to be on Ryan Tubridy show on 15 September 2008

Jeremy was at University College Dublin on Wednesday 10 September to receive a Lifetime Membership to the UCD Law Society and RTE radio host Ryan Tubridy interviewed him at the event.  The complete interview, which is about 35 minutes long, will air on the Tubridy show on RTE Radio 1 on Monday 15 September.

Read excerpts from the interview on the NEWS page.

Lion-hearted Irons likes cartoon image


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

TIFF 2008: Fest Watch

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“Appaloosa” comes to T.O.

Toronto Globe and Mail

September 6, 2008

Inane questions

The cast of Ed Harris’s western Appaloosa all deserve sheriff’s badges for weathering – with humour and amazing good grace – some totally inane questions directed their way at the opening, embarrassing press conference at TIFF.

The first no-brainer question lobbed their way was whether it was easier to be naked on screen or shoot big guns. “That’s a total load of rubbish,” Jeremy Irons, looking floored, responded. Harris jumped to his rescue, saying, “It’s definitely easier to be naked and shoot guns.” Renée Zellweger was then asked if she liked tacos (the movie was shot in New Mexico.) Looking equally askance, she gamely smiled: “Did you say taos?” to which Harris interjected and said, “No, tacos.”

“Oh yes, the tacos were great,” Zellweger replied, and the cast collapsed in laughter.

Jeremy Irons “steals the film”

September 4, 2008

by Paul Fischer  http://www.darkhorizons.com

Directing just his second feature, Ed Harris’ “Appaloosa” is a classic Western based on the popular novel about two self-appointed US Marshals hired to clean up a town run by a murderous rancher [Jeremy Irons]. Harris stars as Virgil Cole, who is teamed up with friend Everett Hitch [Viggo Mortensen]. Into Cole’s life comes Allie [Renée Zellweger], an independent woman of sorts, desperate to find a man to protect her from the harshness of the West.

“Appaloosa” is a Western that takes its cues from the likes of “Rio Bravo”, thus hving a classic Western structure. Yet it takes its time to delineate characters and does so with skill. As with Westerns of old, “Appaloosa” is about men and violence, the lawlessness of the late 1800s in post-Civil War America. This film bristles with violence and humanity, and explores the nature of morality in an amoral world.

Harris not only directs this fine film with clarity of vision but also delivers another stellar performance, though its Jeremy Irons, as the film’s multi-faceted antagonist, who steals the film. The movie’s one flaw is the miscasting of Zellweger, who seems incapable of doing little more than either pout or smile forcibly in a one-note performance that detracts from the major plot of the film. Beyond that, we have a finely textured, riveting Western that marks a welcome return to a classic American genre.