I’ve got a few candid pictures of Jeremy out and about in Manchester, England. Click them to view full size.
Express.co.uk – Less than four years ago, Jeremy Irvine was about to throw in the towel.
“I was thinking I’d made a horrible mistake,” says the 23-year-old actor. “I’d missed out on university and even turned down drama school because I wanted to go my own way about it. I was thinking, ‘This wasn’t a very sensible decision.’”
But then a certain Mr Spielberg took a hand in his career, casting Jeremy as the hero of his 2011 epic War Horse, and this young man from a Cambridgeshire village became one of the hottest actors around, almost overnight.
Jeremy popped up again in the 2012 teen drama Now is Good; he played Pip in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations and he has just finished filming The Reach, a thriller with Michael Douglas. But the project closest to his heart has been The Railway Man – the harrowing true story of Eric Lomax, a British officer tortured by the Japanese during the Second World War.
To play the young Lomax, Jeremy lost 30lbs from his not exactly bulky frame. “But I was lucky enough to meet the real Eric Lomax before he died,” explains the actor, “and I wanted to do his story justice. Having said that, a lot of what he went through was unthinkable and we only touch on it in the film.”
The Railway Man also allowed the young actor to meet a personal hero – Colin Firth – who plays Lomax as an older man. “He’s the nicest guy,” says Jeremy. “He invited me into his home to rehearse, even though we don’t share any scenes and he really didn’t have to give up his time to help me. And you’ve no idea how many of my mum’s friends have begged me for tickets to the premiere now. I just hope Colin has good security.”
And what of his own female fanbase? “I don’t do social networking so I’m happy in my ignorance,” he smiles. “But I get a lot of letters and I’m lucky that they’re always nice.”
The fanbase continues to grow, as does Jeremy’s CV. He has just been cast in Fallen, adapted from Lauren Kate’s series of young-adult novels, and when we meet he’s in the middle of shooting Angel of Death, a follow-up to the horror hit The Woman in Black.
“I get to play a fighter pilot and wear a big bomber jacket, which is every kid’s dream,” he says. He could even, at a push, fly a plane himself, having taken lessons with the RAF while at school.
Other skills in his portfolio include riding, which he learned for War Horse, and motorbiking, which he does in The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. So is there anything he can’t do?
“Dance,” he laughs. “I’m terrible. I have a few drinks and think I can do it, but I really can’t. I like the romantic idea of doing a musical but no one is going to cast me in one.”
Though he’s now a Londoner, at least by adoption, Jeremy takes every chance to revisit his country roots. “My friends and I still behave like 12 year olds,” he grins. “We muck about in the fields, and that’s great for me. Swanky events are nice once in a while but they’re not really my scene.”
He didn’t hesitate, however, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge invited him and the rest of the War Horse cast back to their place for drinks after the premiere.
“And that was lovely,” says Jeremy, “because my grandma was my guest so I got to take her to Buckingham Palace.”
Does he sometimes have to pinch himself? “Yes, but you can’t think about all that stuff otherwise you’d go insane. Fame scares me sometimes because you can’t switch it off, but someone once told me: ‘Just do the work and then go home – that’s where you can freak out’.”
The Railway Man opens on January 1 [UK].
ET Online – When Steven Spielberg handpicks an actor to hang an entire movie on, there are great expectations placed upon their performance and subsequent success. Luckily for us all, Jeremy Irvine’s post-War Horse career has been as gripping and exciting as his Oscar-nominated, tear-inducing film debut.
Following the little-seen, but simply wonderful, Now Is Good, Irvine stars as Pip in Mike Newell’s retelling of Shakespeare’s Great Expectations. And while the film is set in the 1800s, there’s a marvelous modernity infused throughout that elevates it above your standard classic literary adaptation. ETonline chatted with the rising star about taking on this iconic role, how he brought something new to the seventh version of Pip and which of his upcoming roles he’s most excited for audiences to see.
ETonline: What appealed to you about this incarnation?
Jeremy Irvine: There have been a few TV adaptations, and that modernized movie, but there hasn’t been a period movie version since David Lean’s movie [in 1946]. I felt like it was about time. There’s a trap that actors fall into while doing period pieces; we get caught up in the etiquette of the time. If two characters are in love, they stand on opposite sides of the room and are terribly prim and proper. We wanted to make something a little bit more raw and violent and visceral. We didn’t want to get caught up in that. Mike Newell, the director, wanted to do a movie that felt modern despite the period clothing.
Jeremy has added another project! He will join Michael Douglas in the thriller “The Reach,” which begins filming next month in New Mexico. Up and Comers reports:
Douglas will play a hunting enthusiast who hires Irvine’s character as a guide to trek through the desert in the two-hander. The two men don’t get along, and things take a turn for the worse when the hunter’s true nature is exposed after killing a prospector. He takes his guide hostage, mercilessly torturing him and “puts him through painful mental and physical tests in the middle of the sweltering desert.” Jean-Baptiste Leonetti is directing the thriller from a script by Stephen Susco.
Congrats to Jeremy! Michael Douglas even posted about this on his official Google Plus profile.
Source: Up and Comers
An excerpt from a DailyMail article:
Ellie and Jeremy were just some of the big names at the event held at the Tate Modern, part of a call to action launched by Bono’s One Campaign to raise poverty awareness ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland next week.
Telegraph.co.uk – When Mike Newell cast Jeremy Irvine as Pip in his forthcoming dramatisation of Great Expectations Irvine had only one film under his belt. But that film was War Horse, and its director was Steven Spielberg. As starts go in the movie industry, the lead role in a $100 million First World War epic made by one of the greatest ever filmmakers is some learning curve.
But Irvine says his education was made all the easier because of the example set by Spielberg: ‘He was the first on set every morning, the last to leave, and he spent long hours with me.’ Irvine had been plucked from nowhere to play Albert, the West Country farm lad who forms an unshakable bond with his horse, Joey. The partnership even survives the separate horrors endured by them both on the Western Front.
Almost daily on the Devon set, Irvine – with only one year’s experience of drama school – had to pinch himself as a reminder of his great fortune and unique opportunity. ‘There is no way if I was in Spielberg’s position that I would have cast in that role someone who’d never been on a film set before,’ he says. ‘Because it’s too much of a risk. They might get on set and just freeze up in front of camera for a start.’
Spielberg has described his search as ‘look[ing] for months and months… I was running out of hope, then Jeremy Irvine came in towards the last third of the casting process.’ Ten months on from the release of War Horse, does Irvine yet have any understanding of why Spielberg did choose him from hundreds of auditionees? ‘I honestly still don’t know why he felt that risk was worth taking,’ Irvine insists. ‘That is a huge responsibility to put on this snotty-nosed little kid who’s really done nothing. My way of explaining it is, he took that huge risk because he knew that he had the skill to manipulate and work with someone and make them feel comfortable.’ Irvine thinks that is Spielberg’s ‘greatest skill as a director of new actors. With me the best thing he ever did was make me feel totally at home.’
>>Read the full article at Telegraph.co.uk
DailyMail – As Charles Dickens ended the final chapter of Great Expectations, he probably had no idea that his tale of one boy’s climb from pauper to gentleman would be so timeless.
For the last 151 years, readers have been captivated by Pip’s story, and the often terrifying characters he met along the way.
From shady criminals to cruel family members, a terrifying old woman mummified in her own misery to a girl trained from toddlerhood to tease and torment, there are few stories with such a cast of unforgettable characters.
So it’s no surprise that Dickens’ vivid yarn has been given another big screen adaption, due for release in time for Christmas.
Directed by Mike Newell, viewers are transported back to Victorian London, where factories coughed acrid smoke in to the air, criminals were shipped off to Australia and the divide between the well to do and the lower classes was vast.
The film focuses on Pip, played by Jeremy Irvine, and Holliday Granger, who puts in a blood-chilling performance as the heartless objects of his affections, Estella.
In an exclusive clip from the film, it is clear that the two young leads have managed to capture the tension and indignation that undercurrent the two characters perfectly.
In the clip, Jeremy who previously starred in War Horse and Holliday, who has been seen on the small screen in Waterloo Road and Casualty, are seen arguing after Pip realises the woman he loves is now involved with a love rival, Bentley Drummle.
Dressed in Victorian finery, the two characters argue in the shadow of a grand house, and Pip realises that despite a wealthy secret benefactor, he will never be good enough for the cruel-hearted Estella.
Ralph Fiennes is terrifying as Magwitch, the escaped convict who looms over Pip’s life, while Jason Flemyng’s Joe, Pip’s kindly brother-in-law and the only father figure he’s ever known, is as patient as loving as Dickens could have envisioned.
But it’s Helena Bonham Carter’s turn as the most iconic character from the book, Miss. Haversham, the bitter spinster who has never removed her wedding dress since she was left at the altar in her youth and now sits surrounded by her rotting wedding feast in her dilapidated mansion, that will stay with viewers the longest.
The 46-year old actress has spoken out about her initial reservations about taking on the role.
She said: ‘At the point when I was offered it I felt a bit young, and then Mike said, “No, no, if you look at the book she is actually your age.” And I said “Oh great! Okay!”
‘She really is an incredible character. I kept wondering how does anyone end up being so psychologically grief-struck?’
Pictures of Jeremy at the 56th BFI London Film Festival: Great Expectations at Odeon West End on October 21, 2012 in London, England.
Great Expectations movie is still without an official release date in US, but we finally have the first poster for the whole thing, and I hope you’ll like it as much as we did! As you already know, this movie is a new take on the Charles Dickens novel of the same name, and comes from director Mike Newell.
The movie has an awesome cast on board, which includes Jeremy Irvine, Holliday Grainger, Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.
David Nicholls is responsible for the script which centers on a young orphan Pip (Irvine) who is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor.
Moving through London’s class ridden world as a gentleman, Pip uses his new found position to pursue the beautiful Estella; a spoilt heiress he’s loved since childhood.
Yet the shocking truth behind his great fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear.
What do you think of the poster? Click below for a larger view.
Tackling an adaptation of a 150-year-old Charles Dickens novel, especially one that has already been brought to the screen at least a dozen times in various forms, is a daunting task indeed. What do you change? What do you freshen up? Well, if you’re Mike Newell, who directed a new adaptation, the answer to those last two questions (at least based on this new clip) is “very little.” The brief clip of the BBC co-production, shows Jeremy Irvine as Pip and Ralph Fiennes as the mysterious Magwitch, in what appears to be their first meeting since encountering each other many years before and it is, more or less, exactly what you’d expect.
The clip, courtesy of Empire, is moodily lit by frequent Ridley Scott collaborator John Mathieson and Fiennes seems to have set his line delivery to “extra British,” but beyond that, it doesn’t leave much of an impact. Irvine seems fine as the iconic Pip, and Newell’s direction seems handsome enough, though we’re still waiting to be wowed.
While watching we couldn’t help think back to Alfonso Cuaron’s flawed but fascinating 1998 adaptation, which modernized, revamped, and relocated the action of the Dickens’ novel in some pretty profound ways. Robert De Niro played Magwitch and Ethan Hawke played Pip in that version, and while it didn’t completely work (Mitch Glazer and David Mamet were among those who contributed to the stew of a screenplay), it was fresh and interesting and frequently arresting, both visually and on a storytelling level.
This new “Great Expectations” will have its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this month before closing out the London Film Festival a month later. And while it hasn’t been scheduled for domestic release yet or even have a stateside distributor, depending on the festival word of mouth, it could find a home and release date very soon.
Source: IndieWire’s The Playlist Blog
The first image of Jeremy Irvine in ‘Great Expectations’ has surfaced. DailyMail has pictures of Jeremy as Pip, co-starring Helena Bonham Carter in the Mike Newell adaptation of the classic written by Charles Dickens (and also happens to be my favorite book.)
Jeremy Irvine was jumping on top of Helena Bonham Carter and the director Mike Newell was urging him to be more vigorous. I was watching Irvine — playing Pip — smother Miss Havisham, who has just gone up in flames on the set of the big-screen version of Great Expectations. Helena plays the vengeful Miss Havisham, but for part of this scene a stuntwoman had been called in to take the heat. Things are heating up for Irvine (pictured), too, but in a very good way.
He stars in Steven Spielberg’s great movie War Horse, about a boy and a horse who have to endure the horrors of war.
It’s such a moving and epic portrayal of courage that it would have been appropriate for it to have opened today — the 11th of the 11th — to honour those who lost their lives in the Great War. Of course, we all know the significance of why we stand silent at 11am today, but I somehow feel that War Horse — on stage and film — will help bring it home to new generations.
Read more: DailyMail
The film is about to wrap shooting soon, and will be released sometime in 2012. Next, Jeremy will go on to star in the upcoming film ‘The Railway Man.’