Jeremy Irons Hungarian TV Interview – Video and Screencaps

Here’s the link to the interview with Jeremy Irons, conducted by Nava Aniko, which aired on Hungary’s Magyar Televizio, on 22 December 2011 – VIDEO LINK

The video is dubbed in Hungarian, but it’s still possible to hear most of Jeremy’s English under the translator’s voice.  The interview is 40 minutes long and commercial free.  The interview was conducted on the set of The Borgias and there are some great behind-the-scenes shots of the sets and props.

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Jeremy Irons Interviewed by Scott Feinberg with Audio

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On Thursday morning, I had the privilege of speaking for about 30 minutes with the great London-based stage and screen actor Jeremy Irons, just minutes after his name was announced as a best actor (in a TV drama) Golden Globe nominee for his work on the critically-acclaimed Showtime series The Borgias.

Irons, 63, has already won just about every acting award that exists: an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, an Emmy, a Tony, an Annie, and prizes from all of the major critics groups, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, and National Society of Film Critics. He mentions during our chat that he recently loaned his inimitable voice to a recorded reading of T.S. Eliot‘s The Waste Land, which could, hypothetically, earn him a Grammy, as well, which would make him just the 11th member of the elite EGOT club!

But, as Irons notes during our conversation, it is neither a desire for awards, nor a fondness for fame, nor even a particular passion for acting (he’s appeared in only 40 movies since his big screen debut 30 years ago) that keeps him in the game at this point in his life. Instead, it is a deep connection that he feels to certain characters that he reads, as well as a need for the creative companionship of other actors, that periodically draws him away from his various homes and hobbies and back into the fray.

The most memorable of his film roles include a lovestruck victorian in Karel Reisz‘s The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981); a Jesuit missionary in Roland Joffe‘s The Mission (1986); a pair of twisted twins in David Cronenberg‘s Dead Ringers (1988); a murder suspect in Steven Soderbergh‘s Kafka (1991); a shady spouse in Barbet Schroeder‘s Reversal of Fortune (1991); a Machiavellian lion in Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff‘s The Lion King (1994); a child predator in Adrian Lyne‘s Lolita (1997); a cheating/cheated-upon husband in Istvan Szabo‘s Being Julia (2004); and a debtor in Michael Radford‘s The Merchant of Venice (2004).

And now comes another: the slithery corporate titan John Tuld — which sounds to me a lot like Dick Fuld, the disgraced former chair of Lehman Brothers — in first-time filmmaker J.C. Chandor‘s timely Wall Street drama Margin Call. The star-studded indie that debuted at Sundance in Jan. was released on Oct. 21 and has been very warmly received by critics and VOD consumers. Irons only enters the film in its third act, but he absolutely dominates it during every subsequent moment in which he appears onscreen. Consequently, he is receiving his loudest awards buzz in years and could — despite being passed over by the BFCA, SAG, and HFPA last week (probably because he’s part of such a large and impressive ensemble from which it is hard to single out only one or two individuals) — earn his first invitation to the Academy Awards since he won the best actor Oscar 21 years ago.

Irons and I discussed all of the above — and more — during our time together, and I hope that you’ll tune in to our conversation at the top of this post.

‘The Borgias’ Season 2 Promo Video and Screencaps

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“The Borgias” Season 2 Promo, posted with vodpod

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‘Margin Call’ Blu-Ray Deleted Scene Featuring Jeremy Irons


Deleted Scene: Strike Quick

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Blu-Ray Special Features:

Audio commentary with writer/director J.C. Chandor and producer Neal Dodson

Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by writer/director J.C. Chandor and producer Neal Dodson

“Revolving Door: Making Margin Call” featurette

“Missed Calls: Moments with Cast & Crew” featurette

“From the Deck: Photo Gallery”

Jeremy Irons Nominated for a 2012 Golden Globe Award

Jeremy Irons has been nominated for a Golden Globe award, for his role in The Borgias.  Here is his category and the competition:



Jeremy’s reaction to being nominated:

“I am delighted to be nominated for my work in Neil Jordan’s The Borgias. In truth I know it reflects the tireless efforts and exceptional talents of all those who bring this splendid series to the screen. Without the magnificent work in the costume and set design, script writing, lighting and camera work, and the constant care in the direction , production, and marketing, this series would not have grabbed its audience as it appears to have done. That I am surrounded by a talented and dedicated cast is self-evident. But, of course, if you want to nominate anyone, and escape with your life, then you’d better first nominate the Pope.”

Jeremy Irons, “The Borgias”

Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama


The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards NOMINATIONS


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Jeremy Irons Interviewed by Hungarian ‘Women’s Journal’

Translated (awkwardly) from Hungarian by Google Translate:

Original text HERE

Jeremy Irons: “I love that you still have time to talk to each other”

Woman’s Journal

Cafe Column
13 December 2011

The actor slowly spends more time here than in his native England. The Borgias eighth rotation of the second year the Oscar-winning star was not spoiled by an interview with Hungarian journalists, but the Woman’s Journal was among the first exception.

The Borgias rotation due to a lot of time spent in Hungary, but also feature films shot here. What kind of picture emerged about us, Hungarians, and what you think about how to change over the years?

To be sure, was to get used to capitalism. Some on a couple of artist like to see that still regrets the change. I think a lot of artists have worked courageously during the previous era, they were more motivated. Some of them even lack the era. I believe, mostly Hungarians think that we live better than I did then. I like to be in Hungary. Always receiving a warm welcome and were very kind to me. Already accustomed to strangers, for a foreign conqueror. Were the Turks, then the Austrians and the Russians and the Nazis.  They hardened during this time. I hope that I prefer to see me as the ones listed above …

Sure can.
Budapest is a city of incredibly friendly and efficient, if one wants to make movies. It is therefore possible that I will return again and again. Fantastic in the studio, our technicians are wonderful, and always with a friendly welcome. When you arrive by plane, from the top to brown all over the country … I do not know why, but it’s true. In this case, I feel as if they come home and it feels good. When there are a few free days, the more you try to discover the country, outside Budapest section. I love the fact that Hungary is very different from the Anglo-Saxon country, whence I come. The history is different. I spend a lot of time with it, trying to understand. Despite the fact that their economies are increasingly uncertain legs, I love that you still have time to talk to each other, there is time for good meals … and Budapest did not become someone, like many large cities, where life is nothing but a non-stop pursuit mania. Somehow, the slower life in Budapest, and I appreciate that. Every city I love, what with the river in half. It is still working to discover, and I feel I can never be disappointed in him.

 The Borgias series is largely about power and corruption. There are things in your life that you would not have obtained if they do not live with the inherent power of movie stars?
If I would not be a movie star, not sure I get this level of pay than now. It’s actually almost corruption, as it very well, you could say we are paid extremely well, especially compared to the average worker. I love my job, but I hope I will never get corrupted, and I will always feel the responsibility it entails. I am a storyteller and very well paid. You slowly build up your audience, all actors do. I feel like I owe them loyalty. I always hope that the decisions I make will meet their expectations too. Of course, it happened to me too that I did something only for the money, but I did this only so that I can do something else that doesn’t pay so well.

The Borgias part about being a man can never have enough power. What would you rather do?

It’s never enough (you can’t get enough) of good company.Actually, everything else I meet. I am satisfied with my life so far, I consider myself lucky. Good friends blessed by fate. Interesting work, good for my health. I hope you have a lot of my time will be as fast as the flying. Yes, if something is never enough of the time.

Lajos Koltai told in many places that you will have the next film, in The Treehouse. How’s the film?

Unfortunately, a plan which has not become involved in the future, which is a shame. Hoped to succeed to bring together, but I do not think I realized. But this should rather ask Lajos.

His son, Max, also an actor, what advice saw him on that track?
At first I told him to cut it either. This work has become harder now than when I started at that time was. But it was his dream, and as a parent I could not do that placing obstacles in front of his dreams. I do not want to judge, since he is my son, but others say it that talented. He loves his job. The children of the people may not want more than to be happy. Nice to success and will always encourage you to work more as theater. Nowadays it’s less come together ever since called into film. I hope a lot will be on stage, as I did, because the terrain can be a lot of practice and sometimes even fail, because the stage of the downfall of us will never see your like the movies.

Jeremy Irons Interviewed for Hungarian TV

Jeremy Irons was interviewed by Nava Aniko at Korda Studios in Etyek, Hungary, recently. The 40-minute interview will be broadcast on Hungarian TV on 22 December at 20:10.

All photos by Zirig Árpád

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In the interview, Jeremy not only spoke about movies and Hollywood, but about his worldview. He does not consider himself a politician and he does not believe in the death penalty. Jeremy also tells his view of how Budapest has changed over the years.

Also in the interview:
– he’s not into politics, and doesn’t believe in any kind of ‘-ism’
– he doesn’t attend services at the Anglican church – “my wife and kids are Catholics”
– Doesn’t believe in death penalty – “because it doesn’t stop criminality”
– why he believes in love – “God is love, and it means to me that love is the answer for everything”
– what he thinks about power, money and fame – “it means more people know me than how many I know”
– what’s his advice to his son Max – “go until you find what makes you happy”

The British actor starred in Istvan Szabo’s Being Julia in 2004, which was filmed partly in Budapest.

Irons conducts the conversation in Hungarian as well, announcing in the interview Merry Christmas greetings to all in Hungarian.

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Jeremy Irons Hosting Vangelis Concert in Qatar

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Around 150 VIP guests are set to enjoy what promises to be a highly memorable experience this evening, as some 500 musicians from across the globe gather to perform a selection of music by renowned Greek composer Vangelis during the opening of the Katara amphitheatre.

The opening has been organised to coincide with the 4th UN Forum on the Alliance of Civilisations being held in Doha until Tuesday, and Katara officials said that a composition had been written specially for the highly anticipated event which will be attended by forum delegates, including heads of states and ministers from around the world.

Tonight’s performance will be hosted by Oscar-winning actor, Jeremy Irons, who will introduce Vangelis’ three-part Choral Fantasy, while light artist Gert Hof paints the skies over the newly-opened arena.

Fellow Oscar-winner, Vangelis, best known for his work on film scores such as Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of electronic music, and he has been chosen for the event to combine the historical aspect and tradition of the Greek amphitheatre and the forward thinking and modern aspects of Katara as a cultural institution.
The first part of the concert will be played by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, combining improvisation with European classical orchestra sequences, while the orchestra will join with the Yurlov Moscow State Academic Choir and highly renowned Soprano, Angela Gheorghiu to perform the second section of the evening.

The third act will feature tenor, Roberto Alagna alongside Gheorghiu before a finale of Vangelis’ greatest hits and Child of Hope, to be performed by the Qatar Philharmonic Children’s Choir.
Chief conductor for the evening will be Gennady Dmitryak, alongside music director and conductor, Yvan Cessar.

President of Katara, Abdulrahman al-Khulaifi expressed his excitement ahead of the opening: “It is an incredible honour to announce the grand opening of Katara’s amphitheatre. Since opening, Katara has not only provided a platform for aspiring artists and musicians but also introduced Qatar to world renowned musicians and performers.”

“As home to one of the largest open-air amphitheatres in the Middle East, Katara is dedicated to showcasing the diverse cultures of the world and the amphitheatre provides the perfect stage for international and local artists,” he added.

Al-Khulaifi spoke about the convergence of cultures represented by the forum taking place in Qatar, espousing similar values to Katara as a whole, where people and artists from all over the world have created an exciting and vibrant cultural hub for the region.

“Preparation for this event has taken about one year, as we wanted to make it a truly international event and to be associated with world renowned musicians,” he said, adding “this is a unique place, overlooking the sea and we are going to hear some inspiring music.”

The 4,000-seater amphitheatre will be used on a monthly basis, according to cultural director of Katara, Imad Sultan, who said that members of the public would be “thrilled” with the selection of “magnificent events” planned to mark its inauguration in the coming months.

He explained that the amphitheatre will be used less throughout the summer months because of the difficult weather conditions, but promised that the new venue will feature a selection of world-class performances over the coming year.

“This is celebrating an important milestone for Katara and I am certain that people will enjoy the series of magnificent events to come,” said Sultan.

“The performance will incorporate electrifying and awe-inspiring art and film projected on a large screen, accompanied with lights and pyrotechnics that are sure to dazzle,” added a spokesperson for the event.

Although the event is closed to the public, officials explained that a DVD of the concert will be made available by Katara in the future.

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A review of the concert from

Greek composer Vangelis’s has “appeared” in the capital tonight to give Catar that does the 17 gig of his career and has agreed to it for a new job, a cry of hope that he has engaged in epic wind, rail “bridge” between “the West and the Muslim world.”

Odyssey Papathanassiou Evanghelos (Volos, 1943) is by his stage name, the hyper-known author of soundtracks for films like “Chariots of Fire,” “Blade Runner” or “1492” and his powerful and popular bars dedicated not only part the concert, but that has opted in his “Choral Fantasy”, which was accompanied by the Romanian soprano Angela Gheorgiu.

The actor Jeremy Irons, dressed in a tunic halfway between the priest of “The Mission” and his character in the Borgia, was the presenter of the show, chaired by the wife of the Emir, Sheikha Moza, and attended by dozens of guests the fourth forum of the Alliance of Nations, held in Doha.

“This is an evening of great significance. In the sky full of stars, audiences worldwide will see the art we know as global communication, which upholds human differences and what they have in common “he assured Irons.

The actor was referring not only to the holding of the forum but have spread to DVD and CD as the director of “Chariots of Fire ‘, Hugh Hudson, made for Decca from what you have recorded tonight at the Katara amphitheater, the world’s largest Muslim seats 5000.

Vangelis, who has remained seated throughout the concert in the top tapping their keyboards, accepted the invitation of the state to prospect and Katara Foundation of conceiving, designing, conducting and composing music for the event, which also opened the amphitheater.

The composer and “multi instrumentalist”, a nomad who has lived in several countries, avoid like the plague public appearances, rarely gives interviews and hates to outbreaks, one of the reasons, the other is that it has an injured the leg that did not want to go down to greet the public, which has cheered at the end.

Vangelis has tried to express with this concert as “rare” as the average is one every three years, “the necessity of hope” with a composition of three distinct parts.

In the “call” Tasting Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Frenchman Yvan Cassar, who has worked for 20 years with Vangelis, “calls” interpreters of instruments from around the world, the sitar or the didgeridoo to the erhu, and mixing improvisation with elements of European classical orchestral strings, always keeping back “the rumor” of Simun in the desert.

The second part is the starring Gheorghiu, who, dressed in a flowing red dress and spectacular, plays the five movements with the Philharmonic Choir Tasting by the Moscow State Academic Yurlov.

Then Gheorghiu’s husband, the Italian tenor Roberto Alagna, sang with her, now with sequined coat and beret to the feet, the duet “Small Boheme”-respawn together after a stage of “professional distance” precisely “The Bohème “- to give way to the main theme from” Chariots of Fire “and” 1492: Conquest of Paradise. ”

The grand finale, the most applauded by the audience, which at the time of the program have begun to leave a large part of Muslim bystanders, has been the interpretation of “Katara Hymn,” sung by some 70 students from the international schools in Doha.

The actions have been accompanied by projections on a screen 150 meters long and 40 high, and at the end of the second part has been opened in the middle section, 33 by 35 meters, through which one could see March while the lights designed by Gert Hof built “domes” and effects on viewers.

The idea is that these lights are “a message of peace” into space to try to capture in a satellite photo.
This update: December 13, 2011
From the concert’s program…

The concert’s program booklet contains the following text, written by Vangelis personally:

In a little while I will be on stage in front of you to perform music that is inspired by something that I consider today, in the times in which we are living, very important – Hope.

Hope gets us through the worst of times and it is especially important now as we continue living in an increasingly troubled world. Apart from ongoing wars and modern financial disasters, humankind has been suffering from something far worse – stress and depression – which could lead to psychological devastation and serious loss of identity.

Adults are overtaken by existential issues, while children are in danger of losing their identity, due to fast growing technological advancement and lack of proper education.

Thus, I believe it is important for every country to preserve its roots and, through these roots, to cooperate with other cultures.

I therefore composed a hymn for this event called Child of Hope, which I dedicate to every one and especially to the children of the world.

I wish that this effort for peace, and others like it, do not become an utopian dream.

I would like to thank the State of Qatar and the Katara Cultural Foundation for giving me this opportunity to express in my own way this wish. I also thank my friends and my collaborators who helped me accomplish this endeavor.


from the dress rehearsal on Saturday, Angela Gheorghiu and her husband Roberto Alagna performing “Piccola Boheme”:

New Photos of Jeremy Irons from the ‘Trashed’ Documentary

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Max Irons Is the New Face of INC International Concepts Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Campaign

Macy’s has snagged English actor Max Irons to be the new face of its INC men’s collection.

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Irons, who will play the leading male role of Jared in The Host, a film adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s science fiction novel, in 2013, will appear in the brand’s spring 2012 men’s campaign. It will be shot by Walter Chin and styled by Bill Mullen.

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Irons is the son of Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, and the grandson of Cyril Cusack. In addition to still images, the INC campaign will include a short video of the actor discussing his personal style and self-expression.