July 08, 2016

Hey guys! Make sure you read Jeremy’s blog post on Huffington Post UK entitled Only When Everyone Gets Behind Sustainability Will We See Change Really Happen, and retweet/share with your friends. Here’s an excerpt:

I’m not a crier. I don’t cry in real life. Yet when I’m watching a good film, I can be easily turned into a blubbering mess. And I’m not alone. I have friends who couldn’t bring themselves to see my first major movie, War Horse, because they didn’t want watch horses in pain – even after I’d explained that, on set, the horses were treated better than the actors. Films are just films, after all…. Or are they?

Since the release of the film Blood Diamond, the percentage of conflict diamonds on the market has been said to have dropped from 15% to as little as 1%. In 1993, Philadelphia, a movie about homophobia and the AIDS crisis, became the twelfth highest grossing film in the US. It made homosexuality and HIV/AIDS subjects that people no longer needed to be afraid of talking about. Just six weeks after the 2004 release of Supersize Me, McDonalds changed its portion sizes worldwide.

Films can change our perceptions, the way we live and think. They move us. They make us laugh, cry and empathize. A film really can change the world.

The film industry, and Hollywood in particular, have a reputation for shallowness and vanity and yet, it gives me goose bumps when I see a film with a true moral conscience.

I love film, as you can probably tell by now, and have been incredibly lucky to have been able to work as an actor in the film industry. One of the other privileges of working in film is the opportunity to work with charities. This is something I’ve been very selective about. Nothing makes me cringe more than watching an actor talk about a cause from a script, something their agent has maybe set up, that even with the best of intentions from everyone involved, fails to come across as genuine. It’s hard to say no to good causes but I looked hard find the ones I was genuinely passionate about. This is where I discovered an organization called tve, standing for Television for the Environment.

Read full article at Huffington Post UK

February 07, 2012

Esquire just posted an article about Jeremy and his feature in their February issue plus some outtakes of his photoshoot. You can find scans of the issue here.

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This winter you can have any jacket you like, as long as it’s blue. Actor Jeremy Irvine — breakout star of Steven Spielberg’s War Horse — unpacks eight of the season’s very best. 

“I was literally playing a tree,” says Jeremy Irvine of his last acting job prior to being snapped up by Steven Spielberg to star in the film adaptation of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo’s novel turned all-conquering stage play. It’s a self-deprecating take on life before his meteoric rise — he was actually an ensemble performer in an RSC production at the Hampstead Theatre — but then, Jeremy Irvine is still adjusting to life as a leading man.

The Bedfordshire native began his career by taking a risk, leaving the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after only a year, opting to go it alone. “It’s tough at the start. You go to audition after audition, and you begin to question yourself as a performer.” Eventually, the risk paid off.

“I ended up getting an agent on Friday night, and they sent me to the War Horse casting on Wednesday morning.”  Suddenly, Irvine found himself being directed by Spielberg and performing with the cream of British cinema, including Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Emily Watson. A surreal experience? “Yup. I think the technical term is ‘headfuck’.”

The 21-year-old’s ascendancy shows no signs of slowing — he plays Pip in Mike Newell’s upcoming movie adaptation of Great Expectations, alongside Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter, and has just been cast in the adaptation of Eric Lomax’s memoir, The Railway Man, in which he and Colin Firth play younger and older versions of the same WWII prisoner of war.

Yet Irvine is careful to remain grounded: “Tom [Hiddleston] and Benedict [Cumberbatch] were like older brothers on set. They taught me that, ultimately, it’s a job. You go to work, do the best you can, and then you go home.” From a tree in north London to a leading man in Hollywood, and all in a year — Jeremy Irvine has certainly branched out.