Jeremy Irons in Feb/Mar 2016 AARP Magazine

Jeremy Irons is featured in the February/March 2016 issue of AARP Magazine

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Photo by Dan Burn-Forti


Photo by Dan Burn-Forti

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Jeremy Irons: What I Know Now

The genteel Brit, 67, weighs in on bad guys, butlers, the joy of motorcycles and why he wore sneakers to the Oscars

by Jeremy Irons, AARP The Magazine, February/March 2016

Definitively bad

I enjoy playing villains. It’s very difficult in many situations to know who the villains and good guys are. People tend to think in black and white, and, of course, we are all gray.
Alfred the butler

My Alfred [Batman’s faithful servant] is a slightly different weight and color than previous Alfreds. One has a feeling that he has training; he’s a good security man, technician, mechanic. He may not make the best martini, but he can get the Batmobile on the road, which Bruce Wayne needs.

Irons INFO

Has been married to actress Sinéad Cusack since 1978.
Won the best actor Oscar for his 1990 role as Claus von BĂŒlow in Reversal of Fortune.
A sailor since age 5, he keeps a 29-foot gaff-rigged ketch next to his home in Ireland.

Me time

I get fussier as I get older. I realize there are not as many years ahead of me as behind me — so you begin to think in terms of making the most of your time. I tend not to work for such long periods on films now, so I get more time to myself. Still, I have to remind myself that it’s not necessary to work as hard as I sometimes do.

Like father, like son?

My elder son, a photographer, opted not to go into the business. He didn’t like the public judgment of actors or the fact that his father was known by people he didn’t know. My younger son is an actor and takes refuge in the certainty of imagined characters. He is very comfortable when he is in someone else’s skin.

Changing the world

My father advised me not to get involved in politics, so I skirt around it. But environmental subjects I have concentrated on; I made a documentary about global waste called Trashed. I worry about genetically modified food because it alters the balance of things. The prison system concerns me. I feel we lock up too many people without caring how they will be when we let them out.

The rubber meets the road

I can make up excuses for why I wore sneakers to the Oscars. They weren’t actually trainers; they were a little smarter than deck shoes and had a thin sole. They were black and white, which is what I was wearing on the rest of my body. There’s a nice feeling of keeping your feet on the ground when wearing shoes with no heel, which maybe is an important thing to do on Oscar night.

Born to be wild

I feel as confident on my motorcycle as I do on my two feet. I call it my urban horse. The joy of motorcycling is real freedom and being in touch with the environment — the road circuits, the temperature, the wind, the smells. It’s a wonderful sensory experience.

Jeremy Irons will appear in Race, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Assassin’s Creed this year.

—As told to Margy Rochlin

Jeremy Irons at the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Gala

Jeremy Irons presented the Best Picture Award for The Theory of Everything to actors Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, on Monday 2 February 2015, at the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Gala. The ceremony was held at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills.

Video from Getty Images of Jeremy on the Red Carpet

Excerpt from Starry Night: The Movies for Grownups Awards

Legendary British actor Jeremy Irons held the audience transfixed as he paid tribute to Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, stars of this year’s Best Movie for Grownups, The Theory of Everything. In it Redmayne plays astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, while Jones plays his long-suffering first wife, Jane Wilde.

“Together,” Irons told the hushed audience, “they create cinematic gold dust in their heartrending portrait of a couple who were forced to grow up before their time.”

From Jeremy’s speech:

“But why should this story which, for most of its length, is about young love, earn the highest accolade from AARP Movies for Grownups? Perhaps because, in The Theory of Everything, director James Marsh connects with our mature knowledge… and charts the course of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking falling victim to Lou Gehrig’s disease, while his fiercely devoted wife Jane comes to terms with her place in his universe. Such an emotional story is hard to tell without falling into the myriad clichĂ©’d traps that lie in wait for the film maker. And the strength of Mr Marsh’s work is that he draws from Eddie Redmayne as Hawking, a performance of a man whose mind leaps light years as his body shrivels, that is sometimes funny, always true, and finally deeply moving. And as his long suffering wife, Felicity Jones offers us a performance of rigorous and searing honesty. Together they create cinematic gold dust in their heart rending portrait of a couple who were forced to grow up before their time.”

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Jeremy Irons talks ‘Trashed’ in AARP The Magazine

Jeremy Irons is featured on page 12 of the October/November 2012 issue of AARP The Magazine, talking about the documentary Trashed.

Read the entire current edition of this month’s AARP The Magazine – HERE.  Jeremy’s article is in the October/November 2012 edition with Tim Allen on the cover.

Tim Allen on the cover of AARP The Magazine