January 12, 2012

I updated our gallery with some beautiful captures of Jeremy while crossing “War Horse” UK Premiere red carpet and answering questions:


January 12, 2012

posted by scotsman.com on january 12th, 2012

Before he was cast as the hero in War Horse, Jeremy Irvine had only acted professionally once – and that was playing a tree. Siobhan Synnot meets director Steven Spielberg’s latest protégé

When Jeremy Irvine shared his first scene with his War Horse, there were tears in his eyes. “It was an audition and I was desperately trying to portray myself as this master horseman,” he recalls. “Then I put my foot in the wrong place and the horse stamped on it. I got through the rest of what was already quite an emotional scene with a real sob in my voice.”

Irvine is 21, with the hair of Montgomery Clift, the blue-eyed squint of Paul Newman and a healthy appreciation of luck and irony that is all his own. We’re sitting in his suite at Claridge’s in London, two floors above the tearoom where he first met Steven Spielberg as part of a long audition process for the role of Albert, the Devonshire teenager who forms an unbreakable bond with a horse called Joey at the outset of the First World War.

Spielberg was looking for a new face, and was prepared to trawl UK, Ireland and Australia for the right one. Irvine, who read the Michael Morpugro novel when he was ten, was convinced he was not the boy Spielberg was looking for.

For a start, he had no film or television experience. In fact, his only professional engagement had been a play. On the plus side, Dunsinane, by Scottish playwright David Greig, was a Royal Shakespeare Company production. On the minus, his role was small and the performance wooden. “I was a tree,” he says cheerfully. “I had no lines and my main job was to wave my branches. I think I was only there because I was cheap.”

“At no point did I think I’d get this part in War Horse. My agent would phone me up after each audition and the two of us would just say, ‘Well, this is great audition experience.’ That’s all it ever was. We never said, ‘God, what if we got this part?’ I wasn’t even getting called back for commercials, so that just wasn’t on the cards.”

After two months and five auditions, he was told that Spielberg wanted to hear his accent one last time. “My agent said, ‘Make sure you sound natural.’ So I went in front of the camera one more time and at the last minute they handed me this script. I turned it over and read, ‘Joey, Joey! Steven Spielberg wants me to play Albert in War Horse.’ They gave me a DVD of my reaction, and I’ve got it at home. Don’t ask to see it, it’s very embarrassing.”

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January 11, 2012

Dan Burn-Forti did an amazing photoshoot with Jeremy for the upcoming issue of Esquire US Magazine.

“The idea with these was that Jeremy is a boxfresh/new-born film star. He was totally unknown when we shot him but had War Horse and Great Expectations coming out imminently and so his impending stardom seem interesting. And I kind of love packing stuff, so all was good! Although I hadn’t quite thought through how massive 60 sq ft of packing peanuts, 150m’s of bubble wrap and 30 cardboard boxes would be, so getting rid of the props afterwards was interesting…..”

Huge thanks to doremiylonenway for the Cine Premiere (Mexico) scan.


January 10, 2012

posted by guardian.co.uk on january 8th, 2012

War Horse’s young British cast talk about the pressures of working with Steven Spielberg, the world’s most successful film director, and honouring the memory of a lost generation


Albert, who joins up to bring his horse, Joey, back from France

Click to view full size imageSitting in his Los Angeles hotel, Irvine says he’s “living the dream”. But does he really mean that? The 21-year-old is the lead in War Horse and, after talking to me, is flying back to London to finish filming his role of Pip in Mike Newell’s adaptation of Great Expectations. Surely not even his wildest dreams could have made room for this?

“I was pretty desperate to get noticed,” he admits. “After one year at drama school, I traipsed round Soho knocking on agents’ doors and popping DVDs of my work through letter boxes. But I hadn’t actually done any work – I’d got together with a mate of mine who’s a great cameraman and we’d shoot scenes that looked like they were out of professional productions and I cut them all together into a show reel.”

Even when he was called for an audition for something called Dartmoor, he had no idea what it would entail until the brief script arrived. “I just recognised this scene of a boy talking to his horse as something I’d heard before,” he says.

“I loved Michael Morpurgo’s book when my parents read it to me when I was seven or eight, but I hadn’t seen the play. Somehow I got a couple of tickets for it on the Friday night before I was due to go to the audition on the Monday, and I think that was really important.”

It’s almost pointless asking him how Spielberg is as a director, given that he has nothing else to compare him with. “On set, he often films the very first take, no rehearsal, and that demands you turn up and be as truthful and as present in the moment as you can possibly be. And when Spielberg’s in charge, that seems to be very easy for everyone to do, not just me, but all the others were saying it too.”

Spielberg famously sits in a director’s chair with DAD written on the back. Is he really as paternal as all that? “He’s more like the best teacher you’ve ever had. But he’s also great at feigning innocence himself, so each shot is as if it’s his first.

“Only after the day’s shooting he’ll suddenly start talking about how such and such a shot reminds him of something they did on Jaws, or he’ll go into an anecdote about making ET, and you suddenly realise, my God, this is Spielberg I’m working with.”


January 10, 2012

Jeremy and Emily where on “Lorraine Live” Show yesterday. I found some beautiful photos of them during the show and I’m currently after some actual clip of it. If you have a clip of the show please feel free to contact me at jeremyirvinefan@gmail.com.


January 10, 2012

Sorry for the delay on such a big update but I was off the past couple of days. “War Horse” UK Premiere took place at the Odeon Leicester Square in London last Sunday. The royal couple Will and Kate attended the premiere and met the cast and crew of the film. Also, one of the Joeys was there. I already added almost 200 stunning photos of Jeremy at the premiere:


January 08, 2012

posted by film-news.co.uk on december 29th, 2011

EN Movies – Steven Spielberg was like a “kid in a candy shop” while working on War Horse, says Jeremy Irvine.

The actor stars in Steven’s latest movie as a young man who enlists in World War I to try and save his horse Joey.

Jeremy was astonished by the level of enthusiasm Steven and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski brought to the set.

“The great thing about Janusz and Steven together is they are like kids in a candy shop,” Jeremy said in an interview with cinemablend.com. “They see a shot and they get so excited about it and it’s infectious. At four in the morning on a night shoot when you’re up to your neck in mud it is that sort of thing that keeps you going.”

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January 08, 2012

I just capped “War Horse” B-Roll Footage. you can find captures of Jeremy in the gallery and links to the videos bellow: