Jeremy Irons, Long Time Actor, Invaluable Yet Forgotten.

United States
March 18, 2007 10:38pm CST
Why is it that we'll give Helen Mirren applause for the rest of her life, and we'll sit back and let Jeremy Irons fade back into the background? He won a Best Supporting Actor SAG award for his work in the HBO miniseries, "Elizabeth", working arm in arm with Mirren. Yet for all that, the poor man's being forgotten again. I have seen him in dozens of roles, each one different from the last, and always he gives the movie or play as a whole as sense of worth and class. Irons gets hired on to support other actors who might not have supported themselves alone - and gets no recognition for it. He was cast in "Man In The Iron Mask" and performed admirably. He has taken on questionable plays such as "Lolita", and turns them topsy-turvy, creating masterpieces. So what is it about the American public that prefers to forget Jeremy Irons? Is he too English? Too tall, too classy? I relish everything that he does, even the way he dresses. Class is not something that you can buy, it's something that you either have or don't have. So tell us world, what's up? Do you like Jeremy Irons as an actor or despise him? Why?
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I happen to be a fan of Jeremy Irons. I loved him in everything I have seen him in. I know I haven't seen them all but what I have I really liked. He's always so good. He was perfect as Aramis in "The Main In The Iron Mask". He really helped to make that movie. The whole cast was good but I really liked his performance. Of course I also liked him as the bad guy in Die Hard 3. He even did a great job as the voice for Scar in "The Lion King". He does play the villian well doesn't he? I don't know why some actors are always over shadowed. I've seen several that I think are exceptional and deserve awards while others who I wonder about get them. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I will continue though to watch those that I like, him being one of them.
@AmbiePam (50250)
• United States
5 May 07
Jeremy Irons, is I dare say, a brave actor. I don't like to use terms like 'brave' to just loosely describe people, but when it comes to the roles he takes, he is. He isn't afraid to make a mistake. He doesn't go mainstream all the time, but cares more about the characters themselves, and how he can translate them on the screen to make them live up to the visionary behind the films.