Jeremy Irons at the 52nd Antalya Film Festival

Jeremy Irons was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 52nd Antalya International Film Festival in Turkey, on Sunday 29 November 2015.   Jeremy accepted his award from festival director Elif Dağdeviren and Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, the head of the festival’s international feature film competition jury.

On Monday 30 November, Jeremy conducted a Masterclass and also introduced a screening of Dead Ringers.

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Jeremy Irons in Style Magazine Italia

Jeremy Irons is featured in Style Magazine Italia, for a special issue celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the magazine. The December 2015 issue is available from 24 November.

Jeremy was photographed in New York City by Brigitte Lacombe.

Thank you to Sally Fischer Public Relations and to Alessandro Calascibetta of The Men Issue for these photos. 

Interview by MASSIMO GAGGI.  Photos by BRIGITTE LACOMBE.  Styling by SOFIA ODERO.

Click on the photos in the gallery below, to enlarge them to full size.

An Italian-to-English translation of the interview is at the bottom of this post.

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The Charm

The Solitary Seducer

(Translated by Google and


Interview by MASSIMO GAGGI


Styling by SOFIA OD ERO



At 67, Jeremy Irons is still a sex symbol. A modern knight who drives a motorcycle and lives in a castle. Tornatore wanted his enigmatic appearance in The Correspondence.

“I wanted to be in one of the spy films based on the novels of John Le Carré. But there I have never succeeded, even when there was already an agreement with the production and the director: it was blocked by a veto from the writer. He has never forgiven me for an incident in my youth. I was 20, I was his neighbor in London. Our dogs quarreled among themselves and his got the worst. I didn’t apologise because it had been his dog to attack mine. He has never forgiven me. ”

The great actors willingly tell their achievements, their most important films, those for which they won awards. And Jeremy Irons has much to tell: Lolita is his most beloved film. And among the characters he’s played he does not give top priority to Claus VonBulow from Reversal of Fortune for which he won the Oscar, but to Father Gabriel, from The Mission, and to Esteban Trueba from The House of the Spirits.

In this long interview with an open heart to Style, however, Irons says much more: passions and disappointments also, the relationship with success, the need for solitude: sexy icon, acclaimed actor that, just may, retire in his castle in Ireland.

“You know that the first interview I gave in my life was to Corriere della Sera, when I was 16? “. Sitting at a table in a bar in Central Park South, Jeremy Irons talks about politics, of childhood sufferings, his relationship with insularity and the sea (he was born and raised on the Isle of Wight), his image of seducer, his style, his films, his love for Italian cinema, the perfect time for him is spent with dogs on the moor.

You were already in movies at 16 years old?
Nah, I went with my English friends to discover Europe. We had little money, we tried to keep playing. We were pretty good and one day, while we performed in the Galleria Umberto in Naples, a journalist came from the Corriere and he wrote a piece about our story.

With The Correspondence for Giuseppe Tornatore (the movie debuts on January 14, 2016) this is in his third meeting with the Italian cinema.

Do you love Italy or especially our directors?
I played in a Franco Zeffirelli film, with Bernardo Bertolucci and, now, with Tornatore. I knew him for Cinema Paradiso, but we had never met. I like directors who fall in love with their projects and he is one of those. I liked the story, my character, the setting. Especially the loneliness of the island of San Giulio, Lake Orta: I have a special relationship with the islands. The Italian directors have a particular talent in the audience emotionally involved in the story. Surely it is a skill of Tornatore.

Are there other Italian directors you would like to make a film with?
Certainly Paolo Sorrentino. I did him a spot with him for Fiat, years ago. Then I did not know him, since then I’ve seen his films, from Il Divo to La Grande Bellezza.

Jeremy prefers the honest craftsmen of European cinema, but he also goes to Hollywood, but doesn’t love the big U.S. productions. Immediately after The Correspondence, his next film to be released, in March 2016, is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with him in the role of Alfred, the butler of Batman.

What convinced you to accept that role played in previous editions by Michael Caine?
I prefer Europe, it is true. In Hollywood, though, everything is changing with the cable TV networks that develop their hit series. But there are still big American productions that cannot be ignored. Batman I liked for the directing style and they left me full freedom to participate in the rewrite of the character. My Alfred is very active: more a pilot than a butler.

He told me of his favorite movies, about Lolita and about the hostility of the LeCarré incident that prevented him from playing a spy.

Are there roles you’re disappointed to have missed out on? Or films you’ve regretted?
I would have liked to have done Out of Africa, from the novel by Karen Blixen. But then, Robert Redford was stronger than me at the box office. As for the rest, I do not regret anything, not even the films that were more difficult, or those that went less well: I like to test myself even if it means falling on my face. It’s too easy to repeat what you already know how to do. Then, of course, some movies I made them because I needed the money: to restore my medieval castle cost a fortune. I will not tell what movies. It would not be elegant. But for those who know my films, it’s not hard to find them.

His image of a great seducer persists, despite his age. Being still an icon sexy at 67…there aren’t many. There was Paul Newman, Sean Connery and a few others. Is there a secret?

I do not feel like an icon. The charm attributed to me, I believe, comes mainly from the fact that in my career I’ve played a lot of enigmatic characters. People do not understand whether you’re good or bad, and this attracts, it involves.

The seductive look, his style, care of clothes, always boots on. What’s built into his character?
I like adventurous clothing, luggage, but not from Indiana Jones. As for boots, nothing is built. It’s just that I love to go on a motorcycle. I’ve just come from a ride in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. The last time I left London I went to the airport by motorcycle. And when I finished shooting my penultimate film in Italy, Tuscany, Siena, I traveled back to Britain on two wheels. It’s my way to isolate myself from the world, to recover a bit of loneliness.

Does the need for insulation come from being the son of an island?
Wight is the origin of my insularity, sure. But I often need to be with myself – go sailing alone, go for long rides, ride a bike or ride with my dog; also because my childhood was difficult. My parents sent me to boarding school, like many in England. But I went in seven years too early, the separation from family was traumatic. Gradually I learned to be by myself, but I also became a loner. I know being with people, I have to manage the more public role, traveling the world. But often I also need to retire to my loneliness. And you know, wherever I am, that in Ireland there is my fortress waiting for me, the children and Sinéad (Cusack), my extraordinary wife. An actress herself, she understands me like no one else.

Jeremy Irons: Associated Studios Masterclass

Jeremy Irons conducted a Masterclass for selected students from the Associated Studios current Opera and Musical Theatre courses.  The event was held on Monday 23 November from 6.30-9.30 pm, in London.

Tremendous thanks to Stage Photographer: Andreas Grieger for these photos.  Check out his websites HERE and HERE. Follow him on Instagram @GriegerPhoto.  Follow him on Twitter @GriegerPhoto 

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Jeremy Irons at the 2015 Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Jeremy Irons was a presenter at the 2015 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, held  in partnership with The Ivy at The Old Vic Theatre on November 22, 2015 in London, England.

Jeremy presented Nicole Kidman with the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress, for her role as Rosalind Franklin in “Photograph 51”.

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Jeremy Irons Reads Poetry for Guardian Visuals Series on Climate Change

Actors, including Jeremy Irons, read a series of 20 original poems on the theme of climate change, curated by UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, as part of the Guardian Visuals Series.

Jeremy Irons reads ‘Storm’ by Michael Longley…

Jeremy Irons reads ‘Turbines in January’ by Colette Bryce…

Jeremy Irons at The Supper Club for the Terrence Higgins Trust

Jeremy Irons was at The Caramel Room at The Berkeley for The Supper Club event, on 4 November 2015, in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust.

The Terrence Higgins Trust is a British charity that campaigns on various issues related to AIDS and HIV. In particular, the charity aims to reduce the spread of HIV and promote good sexual health; to provide services on a national and local level to people with, affected by, or at risk of contracting HIV; and to campaign for greater public understanding of the impact of HIV and AIDS.

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Every year 50 of London’s top restaurants and caterers come together to support our annual foodie event, The Supper Club. This event, now in its 15th year, has gone from strength to strength and has fantastic industry support.

It’s an evening of 50 fabulous dinner parties – in 2015 taking place on 4 November – with a glamorous party following dinner. Hosts and their guests have a wide range of exquisite culinary delights to choose from, with restaurant industry leaders and institutions on the foodie scene such as Caramel Room at The Berkeley, Gauthier Soho, Polpo and Ottolenghi supporting the event.

At the end of their meals guests are whisked off in a fleet of taxis to a fabulous after-party at The Drury Club where they are treated to fantastic cocktails, the excitement of a silent auction and a performance by our amazing special guest Sarah Harding!

Jeremy Irons in the Bristol Old Vic Spring Season 2016 Brochure

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville are featured on the cover of the Bristol Old Vic’s Spring Season 2016 brochure.

Jeremy and Lesley will star in Long Day’s Journey into Night, directed by Richard Eyre, from 23 March until 23 April 2016.

View the full brochure in .pdf format HERE.

Purchase tickets for Long Day’s Journey into Night HERE.

Bristol Old Vic Spring Season 2016 Cover Bristol Old Vic Spring Season 2016 brochure inside

Jeremy Irons Attends SeriousFun London Gala

Paul Newman founded the SeriousFun Children’s Network in 1988 and the UK gala at the Roundhouse in London was honouring Newman and raising money for the charity.

Joining Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack at the event were Renee Zellweger, Danny DeVito and singers Corinne Bailey Rae and David Gray.

Jeremy Irons said he is a “great admirer” of the charity, adding that Newman had “the element of the child” in him.

“He loved life. And I think he wanted to give kids in this situation the opportunity to have a bit of life in the short time they had left or while they were going through this difficult time,” he said.  Irons said Newman would have been “thrilled” about the event.

The London gala is the final of three galas the organisation hosted this year to honour Newman’s legacy during what would have been his 90th year.  Newman’s Own Foundation has been providing support to camps and programmes around the world since the charity began.  Funds raised at the galas will also benefit the UK camp which is called Over The Wall.

Read the full article from the Express and Star

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