Jeremy Irons at the 2016 Ischia Global Film and Musica Festival

Jeremy Irons is in attendance at the 2016 Ischia Global Film and Music Festival.

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Jeremy Irons in ICON Panorama Magazine

Jeremy Irons is featured in ICON Panorama magazine from Italy, issue #26, with photos by Mark Seliger.  The issue became available on newsstands on 7 April 2016.

Scroll down for the high resolution scans from the magazine, including the complete article text in both Italian and English.

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During the photoshoot for ICON, in September 2015 in New York City, Mark Seliger also photographed Jeremy for his Stairwell Series. #seligerstairwell

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Behind the scenes photos from Jeremy’s photoshoot with Mark Seliger:

Jeremy Irons at the 2015 Lucca Film Festival

Jeremy Irons was in attendance at the Lucca Film Festival in Italy.  He attended a press conference on Friday 20 March at 12.30pm.  He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday night.

Jeremy conducted a Masterclass on Saturday at the Teatro del Giglio with the participation of Claudio Carabba, Manrico Ferrucci (General Director of the Teatro del Giglio), Nicola Borrelli (director Lucca Film Festival), Alessandro Romanini (coordinator of exhibitions dedicated to Cronenberg) and Domenico De Gaetano (cultural association Volumina).

Also on Saturday,  at 18:30 at the church of San Francesco, Jeremy was present at the concert of the soundtracks composed by Howard Shore composed for David Cronenberg films.

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Jeremy Irons to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Lucca Film Festival

Jeremy Irons will be the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 2015 Lucca Film Festival in Italy, on 20 March. lucca film festival 2015 banner The 2015 festival is also celebrating the films of David Cronenberg.  There will be a screening of Dead Ringers, starring Jeremy Irons, on Thursday 19 March, at 18:15. On Friday 20 March, Jeremy will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at 21:30. A screening of M. Butterfly will follow the award presentation. On Saturday 21 March, Jeremy will give a lecture at 11:00 and at 15:00 Sinead Cusack will be on hand to introduce a screening of her film Eastern Promises, directed by David Cronenberg. For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets, visit their website.

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Jeremy Irons in the Mille Miglia

Jeremy Irons drove in the Mille Miglia 1,000 mile car race in Italy.  Jeremy drove as part of the Jaguar Heritage Racing team in a 1950 Jaguar XK120. His co-driver was Charlie Turner, Top Gear magazine editor-in-chief.

Only the cars selected from the models which took part in the original race can participate to Mille Miglia, with teams coming from all over the world. Thursday afternoon the cars leave Brescia, heart of the Mille Miglia, and arrive in Padova for the first overnight stay. The next morning they leave for Rome, passing San Marino and L’Aquila on the way. On Saturday they depart for Bologna, where they stay overnight before embarking on the last stretch to Brescia on Sunday morning, where they will be enthusiastically welcomed home for the prize-giving celebrations.

The Mille Miglia takes place from 15th to 18th May 2014.

Jeremy’s car had to drop out of the race after two stages, due to mechanical issues, according to @TelegraphLuxury on Twitter.

Jay Leno and Jeremy Irons take part in this year’s Mille Miglia…better known as ‘the most beautiful race in the world’ – from the Daily Mail

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Jeremy Irons in Corriere della Sera Magazine

Jeremy Irons is featured in the 7 June 2013 issue of Corriere della Sera Magazine from Italy.

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Here is a translation of the article:
(Thank you to Barbara Danisi for the translation!)

Jeremy Irons arrives in Italy to read Machiavelli’s The Prince together with Laura Morante.

He says that the only real Prince left is the Pope. He’s the only one who has the power to change the world and make it better. He has already begun changing the Vatican: Jeremy was very impressed seeing the Pope washing people’s feet, that’s what the Church needs. Then he compares Pope Bergoglio with the character he played in the movie Mission, Father Gabriel, they’re both of the Jesuit order.

The game of power has remained the same for years. ‘’ Whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse’’ Machiavelli wrote.

Human nature hasn’t changed, and so haven’t the means to control people. Industries only care about their business, politicians in Bruxelles decide for our lives. It’s the game of power. Those who cheat will always find those who let themselves be cheated.

Jeremy has never thought of becoming a politician. To be a politician you must have great ideals, know society, without accepting compromises, which is the most difficult thing to do.

‘’I’ve always tried to organize my life, and I’ve always said to my sons that the most important thing is to find happiness in life. Even when I choose my roles I choose characters who are far away from politics.’’

In theatre he played Richard II, a man who didn’t want to rule, but found himself on the throne, as opposite to Macbeth and his lust for power and dangers. Jeremy says that in politics there have been some good men, such as Nelson Mandela or Churchill. But every politician is disappointing in the end, leading a nation is a hard task.

Bruxelles has power over almost every European nation. Last year in Italy the prime minister was not voted by people, but imposed and charged to put order in the Italian economics, but having an economist as the head of the government is not a good thing.

Ironically there was a politician in the Irons family: one of his ancestors broke into Westminster parliament riding a donkey to make a petition for democracy.

There is one man that Jeremy admires, and he is Pope Francis. Jeremy likes going to church with his Catholic wife Sinead. ‘’When I was in Colombia shooting The Mission I chose to be barefoot all the time because the Indians didn’t wear any shoes and I wanted to feel like them, feel what they felt, a strong bond with nature and the ground under their feet. You can follow the word of Christ without being influenced by the Church of Rome. Actually the Church has always been far away from people , but I think Pope Francis can change this. It will be hard but he can make it’’.

Very different from Pope Francis is Rodrigo Borgia, a dissolute libertine. ‘’I read a lot about him to play this character. He was more of a king than a pope, he wanted to be rich and powerful but in the end he stained the name of his family forever. Rodrigo is often seen as a negative man, but playing a negative character is very charming! Playing the role of someone who goes against the rule of society is very interesting! There’s this constant fight between the good and the evil inside of us’’.

Then Jeremy goes on talking about Trashed. Films, movies (Jeremy’s favourite movie is L’amour by Michael Haneke) cannot change people but can make us aware of the problems we need to solve.
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‘’We are sinking into trash. We are producing too much trash and it pollutes everything, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the sea. But many industries make a lot of money out of trash, so there’s little interest in facing the issue. It would be easy, starting with recycling and reducing packaging. Incinerators are very dangerous, because all goes into the air and can cause damages to people’s brain. Governments should do something about it but they don’t, they’re not interested. ‘’

In the end Jeremy talks about internet and facebook. They should be places for dialogue, instead every word you say is turned around and given the wrong meaning, as it happened recently when Irons stated his views on gay marriage.

‘’Everyone sees what they want to see, few really listen to what you say and understand what you really are’’ Machiavelli wrote 500 years ago. And so we wait for Jeremy in Florence to explain all of this.

Jeremy Irons to Attend Festival of Writers in Florence, Italy

From June 12 to 14, 2013 in Florence, Italy is the Festival of Writers.

The event is linked to the award-Gregor von Rezzori City of Florence for the best work of foreign fiction translated into Italian. Two of the largest events in the program are the keynote address by Patrick McGrath, and Jeremy Irons and Laura Morante which will be staged to celebrate the 500th anniversary of ‘The Prince’ by Machiavelli.

The event takes place between readings, meetings, lectures of actors and writers in various places of the city: from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Strozzi and Medici Riccardi, at the Odeon cinema which will host the keynote address of the author of Madness and the show, sponsored in collaboration with Fondazione Toscana system, dedicated to Machiavelli, of texts chosen by Roberto Ando, starring Jeremy Irons and Laura Morante.

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