Oscar Winning ‘Die Hard’ Actor – ‘Trashed’ in Bishop’s Cleeve

From This Is Gloucestershire

Oscar winning Die Hard actor – Trashed in Bishop’s Cleeve

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gloucestershire Echo

OSCAR winning actor Jeremy Irons left a Bishop’s Cleeve resident stunned when he pulled up on his motorbike outside her house.

The Die Hard film star is a keen environmentalist and visited the village to find out about its nearby toxic waste dump, Wingmoor Farm.

He was filmed speaking to Safety in Waste and Rubbish Disposal (SWARD ) campaigner, Barbara Farmer.

The documentary, Trashed, which features footage of the village and Cleeve Hill, has now been selected for a special screening at Cannes international film festival.

Barbara said: “It was quite surreal to have Jeremy Irons motorcycle up to my house and knock on my door. He spent a lot of time talking with me as the cameras rolled, finding out all about the blight of having thousands of tonnes of toxic incinerator chimney ash dumped on the edge of our villages in open conditions.

“He was astounded by the scale of the hazardous landfill so close to a residential area and in such a beauty spot.”

Blenheim Films came to visit Bishop’s Cleeve as part of a tour of worldwide locations that have been blighted by waste disposal.

The crew spent a day filming the area then came back to film the protest in September 2011 when SWARD held a protest to coincide with the Gloucestershire County Council Planning Committee’s site visit.

“I was astonished to get a text from the director telling me that she was sitting with Vangelis, who has written the music for the film, watching my clip,” Barbara said.

“So far we’ve only seen the trailer, which included a brief glimpse of Jeremy Irons with Cleeve Hill behind him. We can’t wait to see the finished film.”

SWARD is delighted that Trashed has been selected for Cannes.

Barbara said: “”It is very apt timing. Gloucestershire faces the awful prospect of a massive incinerator at Javelin Park. If this application is granted we will have to feed the burner 24 hours a day seven days a week with precious resources that can’t be replaced and at a terrible cost to our environment.

“Anyone who thinks burning rubbish is a safe and clean option should come to see the vast quantities of toxic ash that are dumped at Wingmoor.

“Trashed” shows why we have to simply stop producing waste and start realising that on a finite planet what we throw away comes back to haunt us.”

The trailer can be viewed at Trashedfilm.com

Max Irons: On the Set of ‘The Host’

See video of Max on the set of The HostHERE

Text from Dread Central:

MTV News visited the set of Andrew Niccol’s big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s first adult novel, The Host, last month and brought back a behind-the-scenes peek at the film along with a few more details about what we can expect when it hits theatres on March 29, 2013.

The Host is the story of Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), one of the last humans to have avoided capture by an alien race called Souls. The Souls operate more like parasites in that they invade human bodies and erase their personalities. The film follows the unlikely partnership of Melanie and her parasite as they seek out the last of Melanie’s human relatives and her love, Jared (Max Irons). It also stars Jake Abel, William Hurt, and Diane Kruger.

For Ronan, whose character runs down corridors and jumps off tall precipices, her dual roles are a lot more physical than she expected, but she has relished the opportunity to flex those new action-type muscles. For his part, Irons is enjoying the struggle Jared has in wanting to be close to Melanie but knowing in the back of his mind that he can’t. Irons explained. “He wants to hold her, but the rational part of his mind is saying she needs to be killed.”

Author Meyer is involved in the production, and being on the cave sets was particularly magical for her. “It was so awesome. The cave set was enormous, it was vast, they’re just so cool, so much fun to walk on,” Meyer enthused. “It was kind of like someone built something out of your imagination just for you.”

The Host is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed. When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

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Jeremy Irons at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Jeremy was in Cannes to support Trashed.

Reviews of Trashed from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and The Telegraph.

On 21 May, he attended the IWC and Finch’s Quarterly Review Annual Filmmakers Dinner.

On 22 May, he attended the premiere of Trashed with the film’s director, Candida Brady.

Jeremy was also reportedly spotted at Paul Allen’s Cannes party.

Jeremy Irons, Quelle Classe! – from Get the Look

Jeremy Irons at the Grey Goose Carré party in Cannes in honor of the documentary Trashed – from Vogue Italia

Photos by Michael Buckner, Gareth Cattermole, George Pimentel, Venturelli, Alberto Pizzoli.

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IWC And Finch’s Quarterly Review Annual Filmmakers Dinner – Cocktail Reception

ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 21: Actor Jeremy Irons (L) and director Neil Jordan attend the IWC and Finch’s Quarterly Review Annual Filmmakers Dinner at Hotel Du Cap-Eden Roc on May 21, 2012 in Antibes, France. (Photos by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

‘The Words’ Official Trailer

CBS Films has revealed the trailer for The Words, the September 21 release starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes, John Hannah, Nora Arnezeder and J.K. Simmons.

The Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal film follows a writer (Cooper) who, at the peak of his literary success, discovers the price he must pay for stealing another man’s work.

Jeremy Irons – The Sunday Conversation – LA Times


The Sunday Conversation: Jeremy Irons digs in to ‘Borgias’ darkness

As the brutal pope in the Showtime drama, the actor enjoys the play of contradictions that he says mirrors the real world.

Jeremy IronsActor Jeremy Irons (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times / May 17, 2012)
By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles TimesMay 20, 2012

Jeremy Irons stars as the ruthless Rodrigo Borgia, who became Pope Alexander VI, in Showtime‘s period drama“The Borgias,” now in its second season.

You really seem like you’re having fun with this role.

I’m glad about that. I’ve always believed that in the theater or movies, whatever, the audience’s enjoyment is increased if the actors seem to be enjoying what they’re doing.

What’s fun about the Borgia pope?

The great thing about doing series television is you have time. I’ve had now 19 or 20 hours to explore this character, and that means that Neil Jordan, the writer, can write a character that has inconsistencies, that has enigmatic qualities that you wouldn’t be able to explore in the shortened period of a film. So it’s great fun to play all the contradictions, which most real-life people have and certainly Pope Alexander had.

Do you prefer television?

No, I don’t prefer television, but it does allow you to work in a certain way that film sometimes doesn’t because film only has 11/2 to 2 hours to tell a story. And quite honestly, we could be making film with “The Borgias.” The process is exactly the same, the standards are exactly the same, if not higher in some cases.

What I prefer is to work on a character who interests me and a story that is a good story with good backup, and that could be in theater, it could be film, it could be television. The medium in a way doesn’t matter.

How does your character compare to our understanding of the Borgia pope?

I think he’s pretty accurate. Facts are very difficult to get. And we’re talking about 600 years ago when there was no reportage. What comes down to us is, most of it is the propaganda of the succeeding pope. He tried to completely ruin his reputation, so a lot that comes down to us is spin on that. [Pope Alexander] was, however, a man very different from how we would imagine a modern-day pope, but then life was different and politics were different and the whole power structure within Europe was different, the position of the Catholic Church was different. But that aside, there are huge parallels with today; sometimes I think the Vatican then was not that different from Washington now. The Vatican then was a political and military power with the monarch being the pope, and he was much more of a monarch and a pope than the present pope, who isn’t a monarch at all.

He does seem to be pious. How did he reconcile that with murder?

You could ask the same question of George [W.] Bush really, who would say he’s a Christian man and yet who killed many civilians in Iraq for pragmatic reasons.

Can’t you make the distinction between war and murder?

I don’t believe you can. When you are protecting interests outside your country, then I’m not sure there’s a great difference actually. I think it’s dressed up in different words. You are subjecting people, killing them if you like, for your own reasons pragmatically, whether it be to create influence or to protect power lines or oil lines or whatever.

And this season is even darker?

I don’t know if it’s darker. The first season we laid out the world and the second season it begins to move. The pope I think you see him moving but also trying to mold his children into what he wants them to be, what will be useful. There’s no doubt that Pope Alexander dreamt of the papacy becoming hereditary and of uniting as much of Italy as he could, Northern Italy, anyway. Which is not so odd. Most kings are succeeded by their children, and that’s what he was trying to do

Were you pleased when your sons decided to become actors?

They didn’t both. My elder son [Samuel] is a photographer. He acted when he was very young. He acted in a movie with me when he was 10 and did a stage play with me when he was 6, which was perhaps a misguided decision on my part in that he was aware of what I call the bull surrounding my profession and I wanted him to be aware of the real nature of it, and I thought that if he was able to experience that, he would understand the importance or not of what surrounded me, the fame, etc., etc., celebrity-ness. By his admission, that probably put him off being an actor.

But Max has hung in there.

I think he was 15 or 16 before he did his first film, and it was a tiny part and nobody knew who he was. But his passion was always to do it, so you can only wish your children joy when they have a passion to do something.

You have voiced concern over the way the industry uses up pretty young people and spits them out.

Yes, I think it’s a problem. I was lucky enough to have my first 10 years as an actor working in theater, where I could learn and grow and practice and fail and it did not matter too much. I think when you’re starting out and it’s very public — he’s now on his third film — in order to grow as an actor, you need to allow yourself the permission to fail. And you can do that in theater and you can risk in a certain way which will make you grow, if you allow yourself that permission. When you’re working in a movie that has a big budget, an awful lot of people are very keen you shouldn’t fail, so it’s a much harder route.

I’ve read that you have seven homes in England and Ireland. Is that right?

I have seven buildings that I have something to do with, yes. Other people live in them, other family members and things.

I was going to ask how it worked. You don’t rotate among seven homes?

No, I rotate among three homes.

You must be much better organized than I am.

It’s tough, isn’t it? The thing you want is always in the other one. It is tough, and I have a bit of help, but if you’re a person who likes to live a private life, who has certain needs — in other words, I have to be in London sometimes; I have to be in England sometimes — but when I have time off I go to Ireland where my horses are and I can really chill and relax.


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