I have updated the gallery with 6 photos of Jeremy at the Kiehl’s VIP Dinner yesterday in London.
A special screening was held for the cast and crew of This Beautiful Fantastic yesterday in London. I have added 16 photos of Jeremy at the event into the gallery.
It’s a cruel paradox for an actor. To get work, you first have to have done work: without credits and a compilation video of your earliest film and television work (even if it’s just playing a dead body on Law & Order) that you can present to agents, producers, and casting directors, you’re just one more random face, another pretty head shot, the next in a long line of impossible dreamers.
Several years back, when he was all of eighteen years old, British actor Jeremy Irvine realized that he, like so many before him, was caught in the industry’s inexorable catch-22. But unlike those countless others helpless to escape it, he conjured up his own performance history. With several friends, he shot scenes of himself in nonexistent films, credited to fictional directors. “I did my best to make them look like real movies,” Irvine says of his scheme. Stitching together those imaginary roles into one reel of his simulated greatest hits, Irvine then sent the assembly to London talent scouts.
“I don’t know if anyone really believed me, but one agent took pity on me. He signed me on a Friday,” Irvine says. The following Tuesday, the agent rang Irvine up: Might he be inclined, for his very first real film role, to star as the lead soldier Albert Narracott in Steven Spielberg’s epic battlefield drama War Horse? The answer, and the rapid acceleration of Irvine’s career, was clear. Soon thereafter, Irvine would appear opposite Michael Douglas, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Duvall, and Dakota Fanning. He no longer needed a reel of fake clips. (Even as his stardom has risen, Irvine remains represented by the same London agency that first signed him.)
You might on occasion be able to make your own luck in life, just as Irvine did, but talent and determination and an unshakable confidence in yourself are invariably as critical as providence. At one point in his youth, Irvine saw a future that was as limited and bleak as the local grocery store shelves he used to stock. His father was steering him toward a career as a welder, and he even applied for the army, only to be rejected because he has diabetes. Thankfully, a teacher named Jason Riddington recommended acting—almost as the equivalent of boot camp—and that sparked a passion inside the teenage Irvine that could not be extinguished.
“I was always a little bit of an outsider. I wasn’t excited by academia. It wasn’t really my thing.” So rather than prepare to study for a trade or profession (his father is an engineer, his mother a local politician), he performed as Romeo in a school production, joined the National Youth Theatre, and followed that with a stint at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. “It was the rebellious thing to do, to say ‘fuck you’ to all my academic studies.”
Yet rebellion doesn’t always (and usually doesn’t) yield tangible results, and Irvine for the longest time couldn’t get anyone to pay attention to him or his work. “You have no idea what it’s really like. You’re dealing with rejection on a pretty much daily basis. You’re going on as many as four or five auditions a week. And I didn’t get a call back for a year and a half,” Irvine says. About the best he could get was a part as a nonspeaking tree in a Royal Shakespeare Company show. “You need to have some real resilience. And I just said to myself, ‘I’m gonna show these fuckers.’”
That’s when he cooked up the idea for the bogus clip reel. Even if the movies weren’t legit, Irvine labored to make sure his acting in them was. “I really did my absolute best,” he says.
Bokeem Woodbine, “Scream Queens” star Billie Lourd and Jeremy Irvine have joined the cast of “Billionaire Boys Club,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Irvine will play Kyle Biltmore, one of the members of the Billionaire Boys Club, and Lourd is Rosanna, his love interest. Woodbine will play a club bouncer who becomes wrapped up in the club.
Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton and Kevin Spacey are starring in the remake. Elgort is playing Joe Hunt and Egerton portrays tennis pro Dean Karny, while Spacey is Ron Levin. Suki Waterhouse and Emma Roberts have been cast as Karny and Hunt’s love interests.
The film will follow the rise and fall of Hunt and Karny, who ran a Ponzi scheme called the Billionaire Boys Club in the early 1980s. The club collapsed when Levin’s investment turned out to be worthless. Hunt turned to murder to raise funds and was convicted in 1987 of killing Levin.
Jeremy attended the Evening Standard Theatre Awards yesterday, wherein he participated as a presenter of the Newcomer in a Music award (won by Gemma Arterton.) I have added photos into the gallery!