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March 23, 2015
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Max Irons has longevity on the brain. The 29-year-old is wary of Hollywood’s current template for young actors — wherein a role in a major franchise is designed to generate instant stardom — after witnessing the fate of many of his peers. “Where are they now?” he pointedly asks, singling out Robert Pattinson as a rare exception. Instead, this eloquent, humble prince of the movie biz, who hasn’t an ounce of the entitlement you might expect from the son of Jeremy Irons, has a different model in mind: one followed by men like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert De Niro, who both experimented as they tiptoed toward the A-list.

“Philip Seymour Hoffman was always a genius, but no one gave a shit about him in the beginning,” Irons says. “He laid a foundation of work that went up and up until he could get a movie made. De Niro won’t even have his first two films on his résumé, because he’s ashamed of them. I understand that kind of trajectory, and it takes time. And learning.”

A sci-fi buff enamored of the book and film versions of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Irons had a natural attraction to his role in 2013’s The Host (the Stephenie Meyer adaptation that wasn’t a franchise), yet he seems aware of the generally poor reception of that film and 2011’s Red Riding Hood, in which he also starred. And he’s OK with it. Risks also generate rewards — films such as March’s The Riot Club, in which he plays a reluctant member of a group modeled on Oxford University’s elitist, infamous Bullingdon Club; and April’s Woman in Gold, a drama centered around Gustav Klimt art that casts him as a Jew escaping Nazi-occupied Austria.

“A lot of young actors don’t really care about history or other 
actors’ histories,” says Woman in Gold director Simon Curtis, who also worked with Eddie Redmayne on My Week With Marilyn. “I found Max to be incredibly intuitive about all that. Both he and Eddie are very emotionally intelligent. Eddie is going all the way, and I think Max will, too — for that same reason.”

Born and raised in London’s Hampstead, Irons is also ardently curious about the histories and trajectories of Britain’s political elite, many of whom — the current prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer included — are Bullingdon Club alums, and who may or may not have been involved in, as Irons describes it, “restaurants being trashed left and right, 50-pound notes being burned in front of homeless people, and Aston Martins being destroyed for the sake of it.”
“I don’t know what these men got up to personally, but if they even associated themselves with these values, I want to know about that,” he says. “I think if The Riot Club does anything, it’ll make people google the Bullingdon Club and ask questions like, ‘Do these men truly, honestly represent the values of the people?’ I’m not so sure. Our film has made certain people angry, and it’s also generated applause. And I think that’s exactly what we wanted and expected.”
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March 23, 2015
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Step into a world of incredible wealth and privilege. This is where the drama of new film The Riot Club unfolds, and for the ensemble cast – a who’s who of dashing British stars and up-and-comers – the only rules worth playing by are those dictated by the age-old secret society.

Your guides? Stars Sam Claflin, 28, and Max Irons, 29, who play two University of Oxford students who are granted membership to the elite group. Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education), The Riot Club made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and arrives in theatres March 27. Hello! chats with two of the film’s hottest stars and introduces you to the film’s dashing cast!

What was it like working with Lone Scherfig?
Sam Claflin: She really was an incredibly, incredibly patient woman. It was a dream come true.
Max Irons: This is a wonderful film with wonderful people and a wonderful director. If I say wonderful again I’ll pass out. [Laughs]

What was the atmosphere like on set?
Sam: I feel like [director] Lone Scherfig is my mother. She really took us under her wing and pointed us in the right direction. Without her guidance we would’ve run riot quite literally, no pun intended.

Could you relate to the private school culture in this film?
Sam: My upbringing is so vastly different from that which we were trying to depict. I think I’m one of the few boys who didn’t go to a school that’s even similar. The character that I portray is the most conservative of all of them. I had to do a lot of research. It was a huge challenge for me, which is why I embraced it.

Were you ever part of a club like this?
Sam: I was in a gang. [Smiles] I’m kidding. No, I’ve never really been in a club like this. I have friends, but we don’t do anything like these guys do in the movie. We watch football and enjoy a very calm beer in a pub. We never get dressed up in tails or waistcoats. We just hang out.

The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Tell us about your experience in Toronto.
Max: It was pretty wonderful. It’s lovely how many people turned out to see it. I actually met one of my heroes Daniel Bruhl at TIFF, who is such a fantastic actor.

Max, do you ever feel pressure in Hollywood because both of your parents [Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack] are actors?
I don’t think about that too much. It’s something that’s in other people’s minds and out of my control. All I can do is do what I’m trying to do anyway, which is do good films with good people and good directors.


March 22, 2015
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Lone Scherfig’s “The Riot Club” is a blistering attack on English society that argues the country’s class system is alive, thriving and totally unapologetic.

The adaptation of Laura Wade’s 2010 play “Posh” centers on an elite Oxford club for high society types and a raucous night out that ends in tragedy and a cover-up. It is scheduled to cross the pond and open in the United States on March 27.

That may be a challenge for the film, as its targets and investigation into the limits of social mobility could get lost in translation. Race, not caste, remains America’s dominant obsession, but Scherfig and her cast of up-and-coming leading men maintain that the film’s message will be able to traverse the Atlantic.

“The issue of how power and money divide people and how that leads to corruption exists everywhere,” said Max Irons, one of the film’s stars. “These clubs aren’t just in England. Yale has the Skull and Bones, and they are important jumping off points for higher office and control of the corporate world.”

Irons is the son of actors Jeremy Irons and Sinéad Cusack, so he comes from the upper echelons of English society. Not everyone was as well versed. Scherfig, a Danish director best known for “An Education,” and other members of the cast treated Oxford’s club system as foreign countries. That unfamiliarity with the mores of the film’s protagonists was an asset, “The Riot Club” team claims.

“Lone just approached this from an outsider’s perspective,” said Sam Claflin, another of the film’s leads. “Going through that journey of understanding, we really grew to love the world and the characters.”

Claflin hails from a middle class background, so the elite clubs that “The Riot Club” sends up were just as alien to him as Scherfig.

“This is basically a gang culture but in the upper class,” he said. “It’s really no different, other than they get away with it. It’s who you know, and that gives you a free pass to do whatever you want. Money buys you power.”

To be sure, the first half of the movie, which shows the good-looking members of the club drinking to excess, driving fast cars, wearing elegant clothes and generally behaving like charismatic rogues, makes the world of power and privilege seem enormously appealing. It’s only in the picture’s second act, when Scherfig and Wade dramatize how these social ties are able to brush aside a shocking act of violence, that the picture’s moral compass becomes more pronounced.

The pivot from attraction to repulsion led Scherfig to liken the film to vampire pictures.

“I hope you’re seduced in beginning, but are left asking questions in the end,” she said. “It’s like theater in that it poses questions rather than builds bridges that leave you in harmony.”

The characters in the picture are all young men in their late teens and early 20s navigating adulthood. It’s a period that Scherfig previously explored in “An Education,” which looked at a precocious high schooler and her relationship with an older man, and “One Day,” which centered on two friends who meet after graduating from college.

“The way you perceive things at that age, the choices you make and how you are finding your feet morally and finding your values is an incredibly interesting period to study in a person’s life,” said Scherfig.

When “The Riot Club” debuted last year in the United Kingdom, it landed with the kind of pop that it probably won’t enjoy on these shores. The club at the center of the film is loosely modeled on the Bullingdon Club, an exclusive dining group at Oxford that counts Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson as members. The film’s look at the dark underside of this brand of institutional elitism and the country’s tilt toward more conservative politics inspired fierce debate.

“People got angry,” said Irons. “This is a film, like life, where there isn’t any poetic ending. The cold hard truth is, not everyone is born equal and equal justice doesn’t exist. If that makes you angry and gets younger people to take an interest and maybe cast their vote in a different direction, then we’ve done our job.”

Names like David Cameron and Boris Johnson may be unfamiliar to American moviegoers, but social inequity isn’t just an English affliction. It’s universal.

Welcome to “The Riot Club.”


July 23, 2014
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It was recently announced that Max’s film “The Riot Club” will have its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival!

The Toronto International Film Festival announced this morning the first forty or so films set to have their world premieres or special screenings at this year’s festival. Among the highlights include the world premiere of Chris Evans’ directorial debut “Before We Go” (formerly “1:30 Train”), dueling Anna Kendrick films in dark drama “Cake” and musical adaptation “The Last Five Years,” ensemble comedy “This is Where I Leave You” starring Corey Stoll, Adam Driver and more, Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women and Children” with Ansel Elgort, Kaitin Dever and others, and “99 Homes,” Ramin Bahrani’s financial world set drama which also serves as the first film outside of “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise for Andrew Garfield since “The Social Network.”

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 to 14, 2014.

The Riot Club Lone Scherfig, United Kingdom World Premiere
A privileged young man is inducted into the exclusive, debaucherous company of Oxford’s elite “Riot Club,” in this scathing dissection of the British class system. Based on the hit play Posh, the film stars Natalie Dormer, Max Irons, Sam Clafin, Jessica Brown Findlay and Douglas Booth.


June 03, 2014
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LONDON — “The White Queen” star Max Irons, “Game of Thrones” thesp Charles Dance, and Elizabeth McGovern from “Downton Abbey” have joined the cast of “Woman in Gold,” which is being produced by The Weinstein Company, BBC Films and Origin Pictures.

Other cast additions include Antje Traue (“Man of Steel”), Moritz Bleibtreu (“Kill Your Friends”) and Jonathan Pryce (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise).

Principal photography on “Woman in Gold” began on May 23 for eight weeks on location in the U.K., Austria and the U.S.

The cast includes Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes and Tatiana Maslany. The director is Simon Curtis, who helmed the Oscar-nominated “My Week With Marilyn.”

Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell penned the screenplay. The film is being produced by David Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier, executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for The Weinstein Company, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.

U.S. distribution and international sales are being handled by The Weinstein Company.

The pic is the true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family.

Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s painting “The Lady in Gold.”

Together with her young lawyer Randy Schoenberg, she embarks upon a battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court.

-Source: Variety.com

January 11, 2014
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WHAT a mummy’s boy! Actor Max Irons may be one of Hollywood’s leading men, but doting mum Sinead Cusack says she finds it impossible not to think of the 28-year-old as her baby boy.

“How do I respond to him on screen? Through a haze of tears,” she told the Diary.

“It’s difficult to be objective about my youngest son and his performance on screen. Very, very difficult but I’m very proud of him.”

Max got pulses racing when he starred alongside Saoirse Ronan in The Host and has been busy shooting a variety of different films.

He’ll share the screen with Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks in The Devil’s Harvest.

Set in rural Ukraine, Max will play the lead role of Yuri, a young man whose life is changed by the invasion of the Red Army.

Max, who worked as a model while studying at drama school, is certainly not being type cast and is gearing up for his next role as Italian composer Vivaldi in the biopic of his life.

-Source: Herald.ie

January 02, 2014
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Tally ho and off to bally old Oxford where The Riot Club – a fictionalised version of the Boris ‘n’ Dave-endorsed Bullingdon Club – make sport of bullying and humiliation. Based on the play by Laura Wade, Lone Scherfig’s version has Max Irons, Douglas Booth and Hunger Games star Sam Clafin among the toffs making trouble for the owners of a rural pub. Promises an evening’s entertainment laced with drink, sex and violence. Chin up, chin up and play the game. 19 September

-Source: The Guardian

November 17, 2013
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Max Irons and Samantha Barks are currently shooting The Devil’s Harvest, in production in the Ukraine.

The epic love story and family drama is set in 1930s Ukraine, when an artist born to Cossack warriors struggles to win the approval of his family and the love of his life.

George Mendeluk directs and also produces with Jay Gazeley. Ian Ihnatowycz and Richard Bachynsky Hoover serve as executive producers.

Richard Bachynsky Hoover and George Mendeluk wrote the screenplay, based on Hoover’s story.

The cast also includes Tamer Hassan, Aneurin Barnard and Tom Austen.

-Source: ScreenDaily.com

October 16, 2013
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On a recent Wednesday, the British actor Max Irons accompanied a reporter to the Cloisters, the museum devoted to the art of medieval Europe. It was a setting that may have felt familiar to King Edward IV, the character Mr. Irons plays on the Starz series “The White Queen,” a lusty take on the Wars of the Roses.

Of course, Mr. Irons can claim a regal bloodline of his own: he is a son of the actors Jeremy Irons and Sinéad Cusack.

Stepping into the Late Gothic Hall gallery, Mr. Irons scoped out the altarpiece and tapestries. He admitted having done some remedial reading for his role. “There’s a fantastic bookshop in London called Foyles, and if you turn up and say, ‘I need the definitive book on Plantagenet history,’ some guy with a crutch will appear” — at this point the six-foot-plus actor with perfectly defined features hunched over, mimicked a wizened old troll waving a book — “and he will say, ‘I’ve got it.’ ”

As he made his way through the galleries, Mr. Irons, whose 28th birthday is Thursday, drew sidelong glances from other museumgoers. Perhaps they recognized him, or perhaps they were just struck by his model good looks, which at one point were featured in ads by Burberry.

Mr. Irons stood quietly in front of the famed Unicorn Tapestries, remarking on the vibrant colors, and trying to take in the story line. He noted depictions of men with shoulder-length bobs, and recalled an article in The Daily Mail (“a terrible newspaper, terrible”) that cited anachronisms when “The White Queen” was shown on the BBC. The article, referring to zippers, stated: “Howlers include costumes with zips — which weren’t invented until the late 19th century — Georgian windows and modern guttering.”

Mr. Irons wandered down a staircase, reaching the Gothic Chapel, filled with stained-glass windows, the light moodily changing as the sun was covered by clouds. He remarked on the contrast with the chapels in the series. “We had very dark, dingy, dirty chapels indeed, like the one where Edward IV prayed at one point,” he said. “It was nothing as beautiful as this.”
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October 12, 2013
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There is no secret that Max Irons is following in the footsteps of his famous father, Jeremy Irons.

The 27-year-old English actor chatted with E! News on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in New York City about his acting dynasty family and his future plans.

“I know, people throw that word dynasty around,” The White Queen star revealed. “I don’t know. I guess I do, both my parents are actors and their parents are, but they thankfully kept me away from all the more superficial sides of this business, thankfully.”

But his parent’s experience didn’t stop them from feeling nervous about their son taking a similar career path.

“They know how unpredicatable this business, how tough this business can be in many ways,” Irons explained. “And they do let me do it now, but they neither encourage or discourage, they just let me do it. They don’t give me advice as to what my career should or shouldn’t be, which I sort of appreciate.”
But his career isn’t the only thing that is heating up: Irons is moving to the Big Apple to be with his girlfriend!

“I’ve been coming here every year since I was a kid,” he said. “And every time I come, it kind of gets richer and deeper and better.”

So, when is he relocating across the pond permanently?

“I’m moving out here mid-November,” he said. “I’m moving in winter which is gorgeous, you know we have Christmas trees are coming up. I like big coats. What’s not to like?”

No better time of year in New York City!

-Source: EOnline.com