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Jeremy Iron’s has had some legendary Hollywood roles throughout his career. Recently, Irons sat down with Variety to discuss a blistering schedule of film productions, along with two big pop-culture projects; Justice League and Assassin’s Creed.
Jeremy Irons Talks Justice League And Assassin’s Creed
Jeremy Irons may be eyeing an oscar for The Man Who Knew Infinity; however, comics, gaming and pop-culture fans will be more interested in his take on a pair of projects they’ve been eyeing for a long time. So, what does the British acting legend think of blockbuster projects like Batman v Superman or Justice League?
Does he enjoy his role as Alfred as much as working on smaller more intimate projects?
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The interview Jeremy Irons gave Variety is revealing.
Less so, because they’re so slow. There’s a lot of waiting around and then a huge amount of publicity. One spends 70% of the time doing publicity, 10% of the time filming, and 20% of the time waiting.
I love working with Ben [Affleck] and Zack Snyder. They’ve been fun.
I remember an evening with Paul Getty, who was a neighbor of mine, now sadly dead. We drove up to his lovely house. A very nice gentleman opened up the car door. Then another very nice gentleman took the car and parked it somewhere. Another nice gentleman took my coat. And then another nice gentleman gave me a glass of champagne. And all those nice gentleman were SAS. I thought, that’s Alfred. He’s a man who will take care of his boss, whether he’s making coffee or pouring champagne or flying his airplane.
So when it comes time for Superman and Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League to take to the big screen again, will we be seeing more of Alfred, or is he likely to occupy the same amount of screen time we saw in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice?
Irons’ answers were amusingly rational.
Similar, but then, of course, Ben’s going to make a Batman film next summer. He promises me there’s going to be a bit more of Alfred in that. In the Justice League we have seven major lead characters and I’m the butler to one of them. It’s clear I will not be dominating that film.
Villains like Steppenwolf and Darkseid may be bolstering the plot of future DCEU films, but what about the success of the first big effort for the DC/Warner Brothers franchise? Was Irons upset about fan reactions to Batman v Superman?
Not at all. I was very pleased by the numbers. Zack seems to get a hard time from the press, which is strange. I don’t know if it has to do with the sort of secrecy that surrounds the making of it all. But the audience liked it, which in the end is all that matters.
Some may disagree with Irons, but at least he’s approaching the Alfred role with an optimistic certainty. The star displayed less certainty when asked about his upcoming role in Assassin’s Creed. “I didn’t know anything about Assassin’s Creed. It’s a completely new world to me.”
Fans will have to wait almost a year to see Jeremy Irons make his return as Alfred in Justice League, as the film is scheduled for a November 17, 2017 debut.
Assassin’s Creed, in which Irons will play Alan Rikkin, will come to theatre this Christmas on December 21st, 2016.
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