Kilcoe Castle features carvings by Hugh Rance

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Associated Content article about Jeremy Irons at the Jacob Burns Film Center

Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York , Holds Q & A With Jeremy Irons 1982 Film, “Moonlighting”

Article published on Associated Content
July 17, 2009 by Rich Monetti

[Jeremy Irons appeared at the Jacob Burns Film Center on May 11, 2009.]

Last Monday in Pleasantville, New York, Jeremy Irons made a Q&A appearance with Jacob Burns Film Center Board President Janet Maslin for a screening of the 1982 film, “Moonlighting.” In scheduling, he and Ms. Maslin wanted to offer something that people might not have seen before.

Conversely, only too happy to defer on the obvious choice of “Reversal of Fortune,” the Academy Award winning actor summed up in one word whether he’s spent enough time over the years talking about Claus Von Bulow.

“Yes,” he said as if exhausted, but he also feigned a bit of denial on all the years that have passed since Moonlighting opened 27 years ago. “All I could see is my son up there,” he joked.

Just about coinciding with the imposition of martial law in Poland, the film follows four Polish workers illegally renovating a home in London. The political implications were definitely interesting to him, but he said, “There’s nothing liking working with a director on a project that’s really close to his heart,” he said of the films polish director Jerzy Skolimowski.

It was also Mr. Skolimowski’s actual home that was renovated in the film, and as a bit of a handyman, the film appealed to Mr. Irons on two levels. “I was drawn to his enthusiasm and his house,” said Irons.

The film also represented the 1st time that once his name was associated with it, the money began to roll in. Still, Moonlighting required a frantic pace to keep up with the actual events, which suited Mr. Irons just fine, as he hates “top heavy films” that take forever to shoot.

And he didn’t exclude himself when it came to keeping things moving. In one particular scene, he needed to slick back his hair for effect but no gel was readily available. He stuck his hand into a nearby puddle and the scene quickly ensued. “The crew was very impressed,” he said, and they would go on to complete the film in only 4 months.

The film also gave him the recognition he wanted among directors as an interesting European Actor. That was verified when famed German director Werner Herzog met Mr. Irons and declared, he said, “You’re not Jeremy Irons, he’s a Pole.”

In the end, he says, “that’s what I wanted, and films like Dead Ringers came easily a calling but that’s another film they passed on for this event. He remembered his own uneasiness the last time he was presented with watching the thriller. Sitting in for the credits, he said to himself, “I think I’m going to have a drink,” and that’s what he did without returning.

He also had a similar experience with his true Breakthrough film, Brideshead – or least the recent remake of it. Passing on taking a look, he said, “It’s like going to your ex-wife’s 2nd wedding – you wish her well.”

Otherwise, he hasn’t limited his roles to those of English speaking. Having done several films in French to the appreciative approval of Ms. Maslin, he shared the secret to its mastery. “If you speak and sound very, very rude you’ll sound just fine,” he says he was instructed.

On the other hand, speaking “American” in film was something he had a hard time taking seriously. Once asking for directions in New York City, he was rebuffed with, “What do I look like an information bureau,” he recounted the moment. Everyone sounds like John Huston or as if they are auditioning for a Woody Allen film, he said, but he eventually took it on in his portrayal of F. Scott Fitzgerald in “Last Call.”

Currently appearing on Broadway in “Impressionism,” he’s looking forward to heading home when the run ends in the very near future, but he saw no reason to designate a solitary home base as a globe trotting actor. “Home is where someone misses you,” he concluded.

Jeremy Irons painted by Karl Dewar

Karl Dewar is an artist currently living and working in Oxford, England.

Here’s what he has to say in the “About Me” section of his website:

“My name is Karl Dewar.

I have been creating my giant bitmaps for well over a decade now and have sold more than 40 paintings to date.

I apply acrylic paint as thickly as possible to create a semi-3D effect.

When viewed from close-up my paintings look quite abstract; yet they become almost photographic when viewed from further away or in soft light – not unlike myself!”

Check out his website Karl Dewar Art

Jeremy Irons as painted by Karl Dewar

Jeremy Irons as painted by Karl Dewar

‘Jeremy Irons’

120cm by 80cm.

High-permanence acrylic on 20mm Medium Density Fibreboard.

SOLD to Jeremy Irons.

Mr. Irons has this picture on display at his Oxfordshire home.

Jeremy Irons reads an excerpt from “That Summertime Sound” – a novel by Matthew Specktor

Click this link to hear Jeremy Irons read “The Devil in It Somewhere”, an excerpt from That Summertime Sound by Matthew Specktor:

Jeremy Irons reads “The Devil in it Somewhere”


Matthew Specktor

Matthew Specktor

Matthew Specktor is the son of Jeremy’s CAA Agent, Fred Specktor.

Matthew Specktor grew up in Los Angeles. He received his BA from Hampshire College, and his MFA from Warren Wilson. He has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and his writing has appeared in Open City, Salon, and various anthologies. His screen adaptation of Shirley Hazzard’s novel, The Transit of Venus, was optioned by Warner Independent Pictures. He worked for many years in film development, running New York offices for Jersey Films and Fox 2000. He is presently completing his second novel.



“Matthew Specktor’s That Summertime Sound isn’t so much a book as it is a door, hinged in memory, and swinging wide to every tenderhearted throb of lust and longing and precocious regret still there where you left it, at the periphery of adulthood. How does the novel perform this trick? By prose as lucid and classical as Graham Greene’s in The End of the Affair, yet saturated in detail such that if you’d never had the luck to outgrow an ’80’s teenage dream in Columbus, Ohio, you’ll feel you had after reading it.”
— Jonathan Lethem

Visit the website for the book: That Summertime Sound


Jeremy Irons sponsors play at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Bodies Star Neve Plays for Time.. ; Actress is Excited to Return to the Stage As She Admits Attitudestowards Age and the Recession Hit Profession

August 04, 2009

By Samantha Booth

SCOTS actress Neve McIntosh is only 37 but already she is all too aware of the difficulties of being an actress approaching 40.

The Bodies star is about to appear in Sylvia Plath play Three Women at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival, but she says she knows that attitudes towards age can make life incredibly difficult for actresses of her years.

That combined with the impact of the recession on the number of plays, TV shows and films being made means it has been a pretty quiet year for the Paisley-born lass.

But according to Neve, out-ofwork actors, actresses, producers and directors are once more beginning to get more creative out of necessity.

She said: “There is no doubt it has been a bit of a lean year.

“In fact, it has been quite hellish to be honest but thankfully theatre seems to be one area where people are still doing things.

“The one good thing about the recession is there are a lot of stories and ideas coming out of the woodwork and I am starting to talk to people about other projects, maybe even directing.

“I just think I have a camera and I’m quite bossy, so why not give it a shot?

“Besides, there’s no escaping from the fact that I am getting to that age where women don’t get cast as much.

“Even though there is quite a lot happening to try to change it, the fact is that once you are the wrong side of 40 you tend to drop off the face of the earth.”

Neve has appeared in a wide range of parts in film and television over the past 12 years including Plunkett & Macleane alongside Robert Carlyle and Johnny Lee Miller, TV mini-series Gormenghast and Sunday night favourite Doc Martin.

Just last year, she also starred in heartbreaking war film Spring 41 in which she was cast as the wife of a Polish doctor, played by Joseph Fiennes, forced to hide from the Nazis.

She is no stranger to theatre either, having appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Great Expectations at Stratford, and Portia in The Merchant of Venice.

So it is no wonder that the actress is excited about treading the boards once more, especially as she will be doing so in the city where she grew up.

Neve, who now lives in London, said: “Being back on stage is both scary and thrilling.

“One minute you think it is going to be great, then the next you think it is going to be terrible, but that’s all part of the excitement.

“My first night jitters are so bad I can’t even hold a tea cup but once I am over that I get really into it.

“What’s going to be nice for me too is being back home in Edinburgh, which is where I grew up, and also being back in the Fringe again.

“I haven’t done any Fringe shows since I was about 17. Then I performed with my youth theatre in a show where we all had this old- fashioned make-up on and giggled through our lines. I have been up to see shows but this is the first time I will be therefor the entire Fringe for years, which is great.”

Of course, Neve is also simply looking forward to performing in Sylvia Plath’s only play.

The production is sponsored by Dame Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons and Julie Walters.

It is the story of three diverse women exploring the complex joys and agonies of childbirth.

Neve’s character has tried to carry a baby to full term many times but has never managed to succeed.

The actress said: “I suppose I am the unhappy one in the play but there is far more to my character. That’s the beauty of Plath’s writing. She expresses all the anger and guilt my character feels so clearly it makes it easy to relate to her.

“Thankfully, I have never experienced a miscarriage but I have friends and family who have and I’ve talked to them about their feelings. But Plath’s work is just so astonishing it really does speak for itself.

“For me, too, it was quite a logical step on from Bodies because it has to do with the whole life cycle and everything a woman stands for.”

The play, which is directed by Robert Shaw, has had rave reviews elsewhere in the country, which adds to Neve’s nerves.

She said: “The play is beautiful and will make you laugh and cry, but it is pretty daunting to do something which has gone down so well before.

“All you can do is put that all out of your mind and concentrate on doing as good a job as you can.

“I tend to do yoga before I go on stage so that keeps me nice and calm.”

Neve is in Sylvia Plath’s Three Women at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh from August 6 – 31.

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Jeremy Irons and the Academy of Achievement: International Summit 2009

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Jeremy Irons helps feed toddlers on the visit to Baphumelele Children's Home.

Jeremy Irons helps feed toddlers on the visit to Baphumelele Children's Home.