Michel Comte Talks About Photographing Jeremy Irons

From the studio michel comte YouTube channel:

“A portrait of Jeremy Irons in black and white, he is wearing a monocle on his right eye with a cigarette in his mouth, a tear is running down. This is one of my favorite portrait and among the most famous image I photographed. Spending time with Jeremy is and always has been very inspiring and charismatic. This is a story of how I remember that day where I shot this picture for interview magazine.”

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Jeremy Irons – Barbara Walters Interview

Jeremy Irons was interviewed by Barbara Walters for her Oscar Night Special, which aired March 25, 1991.


Jeremy Irons Masterclass at the Champs-Elysees Film Festival

Jeremy Irons gave a Masterclass, at the 2015 Champs-Elysees Film Festival, on Monday 15 June 2015.

The event took place at the Publicis Cinema at 18:00 and lasted one hour. Jeremy stayed around afterward to greet fans and sign autographs.

Jeremy discussed a variety of topics, including working with David Cronenberg and Robert DeNiro. He spoke about how he created the performances of Beverly and Elliot Mantle for Dead Ringers. He talked about how some of the best writing is now being done for American television. Jeremy talked about his portrayal of Claus Von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune. He covered many other topics and, toward the end of the hour, Jeremy took questions from the audience.

Check out this excellent gallery of photos from Zickma

And another excellent photo gallery from Katzeyse on Flickr

Jeremy Irons to be Honoured at 2014 Marrakech Film Festival


Post Updated 1 December 2014

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Jeremy Irons will be honoured with a career tribute at the Marrakech International Film Festival, in December 2014.

On Saturday 6 December at the Palais de Congres – Salle des Ministries, at 18:00 is the Tribute to Jeremy Irons.

Also on Saturday, at 18:30 at the Cinema Le Colisee, Reversal of Fortune will be screened.

Monday 8 December there will be a special outdoor screening of Die Hard with a Vengeance at the Place Jema El Fna, at 18:00, and Jeremy Irons will be in attendance.

Tuesday 9 December – 20:30 at the Palais des Congres – Salle des Ambassadeurs – The French Lieutenant’s Woman will be screened.

Wednesday 10 December – Palace Jema el Fna – 18:00 Appaloosa will be screened. (Jeremy’s Appaloosa co-star Viggo Mortensen is also being honoured at this year’s Marrakech Film Festival.)

Thursday 11 December – Palais de Congres – Salle des Ambassadeurs – 20:30 – Dead Ringers will be screened.


Festival organizers called Oscar winner Irons “one of the best-loved actors among film fans the world over,” citing The Mission, Dead Ringers and Reversal of Fortune as just a few of his memorable screen moments that will be remembered during the festival, parts of which are broadcast live on national television.

Irons will join French actress Isabelle Huppert at the North African festival, where she will serve as president of this year’s jury. Remaining jurors and the competition selection will be announced soon. The Marrakech Film Festival runs Dec. 5-13.

Jeremy Irons at the 2003 Marrakech Film Festival

Jeremy Irons to Present Glenn Close with Sundance Vanguard Leadership Award

Jeremy Irons will be in New York City on 4 June 2014 :

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 7:00-10:30 p.m. Stage 37 508 West 37th Street New York, NY 10018 West 37th Street and 10th Avenue

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
7:00-10:30 p.m.
Stage 37
508 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
West 37th Street and 10th Avenue

Glenn Close will be honored at the Sundance Institute Celebration benefit on June 4, 2014 in New York for her distinguished career in entertainment and continuing advocacy of, and participation in, independent films. The Sundance Institute Vanguard Leadership Award will be presented to her by her longtime friend Jeremy Irons, with whom she has worked in film and on stage, in projects including The Real Thing, Reversal of Fortune and House of the Spirits.

More information HERE.

Jeremy Irons on CBS Sunday Morning



Jeremy Irons talks trash

In the 1995 movie “Die Hard: With a Vengeance,” Jeremy Irons was pure evil as an urbane and elegant bad guy.

As Simon Gruber, he terrorized pre-9/11 New York City, practically in the shadow of the still-intact World Trade Center towers.

Scary stuff . . . but it’s nothing compared to Jeremy Irons’ latest film.

In the new documentary “Trashed,” Irons shows us the terrifying possibility of a future world buried in its own garbage.

“After doing the documentary, how conscious are you, when you walk down the street, of trash?” asked Smith.

“Well, I mean, this part of New York is wonderful, there’s no trash in sight,” Irons said. “And I think it’s a case of out of sight, out of mind.”

“We throw it away and it’s gone?”

“That’s right. It’s clean, it’s lovely, it’s not something we have to worry about. But where does it go?”

Where, indeed? In Indonesia, garbage goes in the nearest river, and eventually out to sea. Worldwide, according to the film, Americans could recycle 90 percent of the waste we generate, but right now we only recycle a third of that — and some of our trash eventually finds its way back into us — such as plastics leeching into our food supply.

It’s weird to see an Oscar-winning actor rooting through trash cans in New York City’s nicest neighborhood, but for Irons, garbage has become, well, personal.

He pulled out one object: “Now this is recyclable, this is great, but it’s half full, so it’s wasted food. Coconut water: Fantastic for you, 100% pure, and it’s thrown away half-full. We waste a huge amount of the food we buy.”

“You have no hesitation to just pick through the trash, Jeremy?” Smith asked.

“No, it’s rubbish. That’s all it is. It’s just dirt. A bit of dirt before you die is good.”

“Celebrities get asked to be involved in a lot of different causes; what was it about trash that made you say, ‘I have to do something’?” asked Smith.

“I wanted to make a documentary about something which I thought was important and which was curable,” he said. “It’s not rocket science. It takes a little effort, it takes a little thought. It takes a little education. I think most people want to do what is right. But they need a bit of organization.

“We make everybody wear seatbelts now. That was a bore, wasn’t it? But we do it, and we don’t think about it anymore. Very simple to do the same with how we deal with our garbage.”

It might not be easy to picture Jeremy Irons as a garbage activist: From his breakout role in 1981’s “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” he has been in more than 40 movies, at least as many plays, and has won just about every acting award there is.

“I’ve been very lucky,” he said.

“You have a slew of awards that would say you got some talent,” Smith suggested.

“Yeah, if awards mean that. Yeah. Yeah.”

“You don’t think they mean much?”

“I do. I do. And I really don’t want to denigrate them. I think awards are fantastic. I don’t let them go to my head. I always, when I start a new piece of work, I still feel like a plumber, but I don’t know how to do it. I just sort of feel out of my depths — I’m not very good at plumbing!”

Well, he’s good at something. Born in England in 1948, Jeremy John Irons trained as a stage actor before breaking into film.

He’s been married to actress Sinead Cusack since 1978, with whom he has two sons. But on-screen he hasn’t always been such a devoted husband.

In 1990’s “Reversal of Fortune,” Irons was cast as socialite Claus von Bulow, accused of trying to kill his rich wife by giving her an overdose of insulin.

“Did you love getting in Claus von Bulow’s head?” Smith asked.

“I was slightly embarrassed,” Irons said, “and in fact fought off playing him for a while, because he was alive and I thought there was something tasteless about pretending to be someone who was still alive. And so I fought against it. Finally it was Glenn Close who persuaded me. She said, ‘If you don’t play him someone else will play him. You know, come on. Have a crack at it. It’s interesting.'”

Glenn Close was right: the performance earned him the Oscar for Best Actor.

Irons’ Claus von Bulow is a saint compared with his current role in the Showtime series, “The Borgias.” Irons is Pope Alexander VI, a man of many passions.

Off-screen, you might say Irons has become the unofficial pope of recycling — and, in what may be his most important role yet, an elegant and refined voice of caution.

Are we doomed?, Smith asked “I don’t believe we’re doomed because I believe that human nature is extraordinary,” Irons said. ” I think we will be brought to our senses eventually. I think things may have to get worse. I think, I hope we will be brought to our senses. We’re on a highway to a very expensive and unhealthy future if we do nothing.”

“And gloomy future,” Smith added.

“Well, the sun will still shine,” Irons replied.

Jeremy Irons on Studio 360


Jeremy Irons was recently a guest on Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson.

Click on the player below for the full audio:


“You can’t play a bad guy thinking, ‘I’m a bad guy,’” Jeremy Irons tells Kurt Andersen. “You’ve got to say, ‘Why does he make that choice to behave in that way?’” It’s all about playing the gray areas.

Irons knows from despicable; for 40 years, he’s been our best bad guy — the possibly murderous Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune; the deranged twins in Dead Ringers; the fratricidal Scar in The Lion King. Irons’ latest complicated character is Rodrigo Borgia, a pope with mistresses and illegitimate children, in Showtime’s The Borgias.

It’s a good thing Irons was bad at science. “I wanted to be a veterinarian,” he tells Kurt, “but I didn’t show any signs of a scientific mind.” The headmaster thought he would join the army; his mates thought he’d become an antiques dealer. Instead, at 64, Irons is as busy in film as ever. Kurt wonders whether Irons ever agonizes over the roles he takes. “No, I’m pretty sanguine about that. I sort of know what I want to do and it comes just through appetite. I mean you see a bacon sandwich on a full stomach you think, ‘I don’t want it.’ And then, you know a day later you look at it and think, ‘I’ll eat that.’”


Bonus Audio – Jeremy’s 3 for 360

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Jeremy Irons on “Say Anything!” with Joy Behar

Jeremy Irons was interviewed on Joy Behar’s show “Say Anything!” on the Current television network, on Thursday 13 December 2012.

Here are a couple of clips:

Here’s a Behind the Scenes clip with Eliot Spitzer and Jeremy discussing the Claus von Bulow case:



Q&A: Jeremy Irons Talks About The Borgias

Q&A: Jeremy Irons Talks About The Borgias
By Anna Carugati
Published: September 21, 2011

With a voice that is rich, deep, mellow, sometimes unsettling, always convincing, and smooth as a glass of good cognac, Jeremy Irons is a prolific and versatile actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune. He has often played complex, conflicted, sometimes less-than-ethical characters, most recently Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, patriarch of the infamous and powerful family at the height of the Renaissance, in Showtime’s series The Borgias. Irons, who has also won two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy and a Tony, took time out from filming the second season of the series to speak with World Screen.

WS: How did you become involved in the project?

IRONS: I was approached by [the director] Neil Jordan, who told me he was writing a series. He’d had a film for a long time he was trying to get made about the Borgias; finally, he decided he would offer it to a television company as a series. So for the first time in his life he was writing a television series and he asked me if I would be interested in playing Rodrigo, who becomes Pope Alexander VI. I said, “Let me think about it,” and I did some research and discovered that Rodrigo was an immigrant from Spain. He was a very large man. I’m not a large man, so I said to Neil, “You really should get somebody who looks more like him,” He said, “No, no, no, no, it’s all about power and the abuse and use of power. You know all about that. You can do that. No one knows what Rodrigo looked like.” So I thought, I’d love to work with Neil. We had talked about it a lot in the past; he is a consummate filmmaker. In the past I had done a program about F. Scott Fitzgerald for Showtime and they had aired Lolita and I’d been very affected by the way they show their product—they take a lot of care about it. So that was all good. The idea of a five-month stint [it takes five months to shoot a complete season of The Borgias] and doing something possibly for future years worried me a little bit, but I had been watching how better and better work was being done on American television. Some of the series are really splendid in the way they are made. So I thought, why not? Let’s go for it. That’s how it came about.WS: Rodrigo Borgia is nothing if not complex. What appealed to you about his character?
IRONS: It’s interesting, he was a newcomer amongst the Roman families. He was very powerful and, like many of the rulers of that time, very Machiavellian, as we would now call it. When Rodrigo died he was vilified by a succeeding pope and [then developed] a bad reputation, not only Rodrigo as a pope, but the whole family. When you delve into the history books and the biographies, you discover that that was not necessarily the truth. One book in particular I was researching listed all the adjectives that had been used to describe Rodrigo. They were extraordinarily broad in spectrum. He was a great church organizer. He was quite concerned and quite successful about strengthening the Vatican, which was in a very weak position when he became pope. He was wonderful company, great bon viveur, a man of great appetite for food and for women and for all of life, really, in that Spanish and Mediterranean way. And on the other end there was the fornicator, the murderer and the assassin and a lot of very negative adjectives. And I thought, this is very interesting, let’s try and find out what makes this man—either good or bad—[behave the way he does]. A man who, while being head of the church with an explicit belief in God, a man of his time, also managed to have 12 children and many lovers. I thought that is a very interesting character to try to weave through. From my research, reading as widely as I could, a lot of it writing that was written while he was alive, Neil and I together really tried to create this powerful man who loved and lived hard, and who I suppose in modern eyes, probably behaved quite badly on occasion.

WS: Are there still parallels from the Borgia reign to certain realities in our world today?
IRONS: I certainly see them. The seat of power is a very complicated place, whether it be Washington or Brussels or wherever. I don’t think people change. I’ve always felt that [throughout] history, reading what people have said and what people have thought, their ideas may change as they build on each other’s, but I don’t think people are any different, and the way power is used and abused is really no different. The methods may be different but still, if we decide from a seat of power to get rid of somebody, that person is got rid of. We still spin or lie, however you’d like to call it, to cover our tracks. I don’t think the wielding of power has changed at all.

WS: What challenges does a TV series present to you as an actor that are different from the challenges that shooting a feature film would present?
IRONS: Well, one of the great gifts of television is that one has more time. We’ve had nine hours to tell the story that we have transmitted [in the first season]. We are going to have ten hours to transmit the second. If it goes to four seasons, which it might well do, there will be 39 hours to tell the story of 12 years, which means that you can go into much greater depth. You can play the inconsistencies. You can have the luxury that you don’t have in a feature film—which in a way is more like a short story—to go into depth of character and depth of story. And although with The Borgias there are many stories happening and so everybody gets their allotted time, you are still able to have the luxury of a greater amount of time than you do in a film. So that is one of the main advantages. The challenge is that it’s a long haul; it’s five months. Fortunately, we are shooting in Budapest, which is a very nice place to shoot. I like that I have the occasional couple of days to sort out my life. So I would say that the challenges are just keeping your concentration up, keeping your enthusiasm up. One of the great things is that over [the course of a season] we have four directors, so one of the challenges is adapting to the new way the director will work. But all in all it’s a very pleasurable job, actually.

WS: Throughout your career you have often played roles that were conflicted or not completely ethical. What sort of roles appeal to you?
IRONS: I’ve had some great opportunities but I’ve always known that I wanted characters that really interest me, who don’t necessarily add up immediately, who have enigmatic qualities, who have the complications which we as human beings have. It’s very rare, apart from people like Shakespeare or Harold Pinter or some of the great dramas, that you get characters who are flawed as we all are and yet possibly good at times, who have many layers. That’s what I always try to look for, people who interest me…. It’s sort of a gut instinct that I have when I read something. In a way, one of the joys of acting is you have an opportunity to explore someone else, and it’s quite nice to explore someone who is a fascinating character. That’s what I’ve always looked for, apart, of course, from always wanting good directors and good production, so that one’s work is backed up. And then, of course, good sales at the end, so that hopefully one’s work is seen. Too much drama is made, especially in film, which is really interesting and which never really gets out there, unfortunately. With DVDs we have a longer run, but it’s terribly important that the work we do does get seen, otherwise we are wasting our time.

WS: Can you reveal anything to us about season two of The Borgias or is it a guarded secret?
IRONS: Season two will probably move a bit faster. We’ve spent a long time in season one setting up the whole situation, and now the characters are off and flying. You’ll see new characters, but that’s probably about all I can say.

WS: What other projects are you involved in?
IRONS: The picture Margin Call, which I made with Kevin Spacey, is based loosely around the Lehman Brothers collapse, which I think will be an interesting film. I have a picture I just finished called The Words, which will probably be coming out next spring. I’m looking forward to the re-release in 3D of The Lion King [Irons was the voice of Scar], which will be fun for everybody.

And after this I’m going off to make Henry IV parts one and two, which will be for British television, directed by Richard Eyre. It will be nice to get back to some Shakespeare. And then I’m off to make a picture with Bille August, the director I worked with in The House of the Spirits, and then a picture called Night Train to Lisbon. That’s what I have in store. I can’t see a lot of time out, but that’s how I like it.


Jeremy Irons in Parade Magazine

Read the full, original article at Parade.com, complete with a link back to the Kilcoe Castle page at jeremyirons.net!

Here’s how the article appears in Parade Magazine in newspapers: (Click for a much larger high-res image…)

If there’s a cad or a creep to be played, Jeremy Irons’s antennae shoot up. “Characters who live on the outer edge of acceptable behavior have always been to my taste,” says the Oscar winner, now starring as the power-mad patriarch of Showtime’s series The Borgias (Sundays, 10 p.m. ET/PT). Irons, 62, chats with Steve Daly about his affinity for sinners.

Why are scandalous families like the Borgias so fascinating?
Whether it be in The Borgias or Shakespeare or The Godfather, we love watching people doing what we don’t dare do. Murder and mayhem, from the safe position of our armchairs, can be delightful.

What will audiences make of Rodrigo Borgia, who became Pope Alexander VI in 1492 but kept multiple mistresses?
He wouldn’t see that as hypocritical. He wasn’t a god—he was a man, and man was born a sinner. He’s rather endearing, in a strange way. He’s as pathetic as all men are. They want everything, don’t they?

Will people be surprised at the brutal Vatican politics?
The Vatican at that time was nothing like it is now. In a way, it was a medieval West Wing—the center of power in the known world.

Sundays have changed since Borgia days. What do they mean for you?

I’m a bit sorry we have all the shops open. But we all have to be encouraged to buy, buy, buy, to keep society going, so I suppose one has to accept that. For me, it’s a day I can have a lie-in and a relaxed brunch. I think we need a down day. Otherwise we’d just go bananas.

Your 25-year-old son, Max, is co-starring in Red Riding Hood. What’s it been like watching him deal with the publicity?
Well, it fills me with concern. I’m very happy he’s doing what he loves. But my nightmare as a young actor was to be taken up too quickly. A plant needs to get its roots into the soil before it can withstand the wind and the ice and the cold. Nowadays, the business has a huge appetite for youth and tends, when it’s tired of it, to spit it out. But I think he’s got his head screwed on quite straight.

You’ve played some very dark roles. Which gave you the most pause before saying yes?
I think Reversal of Fortune, because the protagonists [Claus and Sunny von Bülow] were still alive—or partly alive, anyway. But Glenn Close persuaded me that if I didn’t do it, someone else would. And I knew Lolita would cause fireworks. I said to my agent, “You’d better get me a wage that will keep me the next three years, because I don’t think I’ll work much after this.” That was indeed what happened.

You’re skilled at sailing the ocean and riding horses and motorcycles fast—not the safest activities. Are you a daredevil?

Living on the edge, for me, has always been one of life’s great pleasures. It’s not really the speed; it’s the fact that you have to do it well in order to survive.

Ever pushed it too far?
Oh, I have. At any time, you can tumble, but that adds to the frisson. It reminds you there is an edge. And I think we need constant reminders: The edge is there. Don’t fall over it.

Acclaimed actor Jeremy Irons talks about the Irish castle he’s renovated. Plus, Irons gets passionate about the controversial ban on smoking in New York City.

On the 15th century castle in Ireland he owns and has renovated.
“Renovating scared the wits off me. I didn’t know what it was going to cost or how long it would take, or that I’d manage to do it. People were sort of surprised, ‘cause they think I’m an extremely wealthy actor. They thought, ‘You’ll get architects in, you’ll get builders, and they’ll do it.’ But I didn’t want to do it that way. I wanted to be as hands-on as I could.

“It was open to the sky, but structurally sound. The walls had stood for 500 years, despite people’s attempts to pull them down for the stone they contained. They’re 100 feet tall, 9 feet thick at the bottom and 4 feet thick at the top. All the fine carving around the windows had either been eroded or stolen. No heating, no plumbing, no electricity.

“When we were going flat-out on it, I had 40 guys working there every day. I was the main contractor, so my job was to make sure that those guys, who were getting paid by the hour, were fully occupied, that they had all the equipment and materials they needed.

“I didn’t put a lift [elevator] in. The purist inside me said, ‘You’ve got to earn that height. If you want to get up there, you’ve got to walk.’ I’m sort of glad about that, even though when I’m 80 I may be cursing that decision.”

On the unusual color the castle is painted.
“It’s a sort of orange terra cotta—the color of newly-born seaweed. It’s a color that’s found a lot around the castle, and also in strands of the [local] rock that has copper in it. I think it fits [the setting] quite well, but it did surprise everybody when we first took the scaffolding down. There was a sort of sharp intake of breath from those in the neighborhood. I once asked my direct neighbor, who’s a farmer, ‘What color would you have done it?’ He said, ‘I suppose grey.’ Because of course it had been grey for the last 400 years. However, he said, ‘It’s yours! You can paint it whatever color you like.’ And now they rather like it. The fishermen and the ferrymen use it as a landmark. And I have to say it looks stunning, especially in low morning or evening light.

See photos of Jeremy’s stunning castle in Ireland

On the public-area no-smoking regulations he hates.
“I think they’re appalling. It’s what I call bullying a minority. Because if you say, ‘I really think I should have the right to smoke in the street or in the park or at the beach,’ people will say, ‘You shouldn’t be smoking at all. It’s bad for you.’ Well, I think we can choose what’s bad for us. I mean, there are many other things in life that are bad for us. Being surrounded by boring people is very bad for us—it attacks the heart. And being surrounded by mass consumerism, as one is in most urban areas, is bad for you, making you believe that if you buy something, it’ll make you happy. But all those things people are allowed to get away with.”