September 22, 2015

September 19, 2015

Stonewall had its premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival yesterday. I have added 58 photos to the gallery!

September 19, 2015
September 16, 2015

Blowback from a mere two-minute-and-twenty-three-second trailer of “Stonewall” stormed the web in early August. It was intense. Like the historic brick-throwing, slur-lashing brawl that broke out in New York City outside a Greenwich Village gay bar in 1969, it provoked an uproar. And also like the Stonewall riots, the melting pot of people the film sought to represent felt… unrepresented.

“To all considering watching the newest whitewashed version of queer history,” began self-proclaimed 18-year-old “transwomyn of color” Pat Cordova-Goff via the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, alleging the movie’s cast lacked diversity. As she declared her resistance to openly gay action-turned-indie director Roland Emmerich’s fictional interpretation based around the events leading up to a landmark moment in LGBT history, the Stonewall riots, she rallied a fervent army of fellow boycotters. Twenty-four thousand… and counting.

The issue, according to Cordova-Goff and other opponents: Its ivory lead, Jeremy Irvine as small-town-turned-big-city rebel Danny Winters, is white.

And it’s true. He is not black. He is not Puerto Rican. He is not female. But the “Stonewall” ensemble, Irvine insists, is a “wide, diverse cast.” The 25-year-old English actor fully acknowledges he expected a passionate reaction to the film, particularly because “we’re doing a story that is so important to so many people.”

Irvine, though, did not foresee the kind of pre-release revolt from those who claimed “Stonewall” underemphasized the trans community and queer women of color, deeming the film a “whitewashed” take on an otherwise mixed-minority historical occurrence.

“That was a surprise; I never expected to hear that,” says Irvine, spotlighting Danny’s band of fellow rioters: Marsha B. Johnson (Otoja Abit), a black transwoman who co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries with prominent trans activist Sylvia Rivera, and a lesbian credited by some as initiating the riot, calling on others to “do something.” Breakout actor Jonny Beauchamp also stars, playing self-proclaimed “street queen” Ray / Ramona, a composite of both Rivera and jailed protester Raymond Castro.

Emmerich insists his dramatization, inspired by a distant friend’s real-life experience and also Emmerich’s own, is “inclusive”; that Irvine’s Danny is the lens through which we see these events unfold. “I think it’s cool when a white kid learns from a Puerto Rican and a black kid,” he continues, “and is a better person afterwards. Becomes a true friend.”

Regarding the controversy: Emmerich says that, while shooting “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “they kept it away from me.”

“Only for so long, however,” he continues. “After a while, you kind of know what’s going on. I was shocked. Luckily, I had some gay activists, like Larry Kramer, speak up for us.” (Kramer, the 80-year-old writer and HIV activist, addressed Emmerich on Facebook: “Don’t listen to the crazies,” he wrote. “And thank you for your passion.”)

So: Why did Emmerich cast a white, as he calls him, “catalyst character”?

He says, simply, “You have to put yourself a little bit in, and I’m white.”

“Stonewall” was never intended to focus on race but rather it was meant to trace the beginnings of the gay rights movement, the steps we’ve made and the steps we haven’t.

For Emmerich, the director behind major blow-up-everything blockbusters such as “Independence Day,” “Godzilla” and “Day After Tomorrow,” it’s a passion project – a piece of work so close to his heart he self-financed the film with friends and even stepped in as director when no one else would.

“Nobody wanted to do it,” he reveals, “and I was stubborn, and then I got it done.”

Read entire interview at PrideSource

September 12, 2015

I have updated the gallery with 3 high-quality photos of Jeremy attending the Bestival 2015 yesterday.

September 10, 2015
August 29, 2015

I’m so sorry for the delay, I have finally updated the gallery with photos of Jeremy at the world premiere of The Bad Education Movie last August 20th.

August 11, 2015

As I mentioned on Twitter, our previous host was closing, so I had to transfer the site to a new one. Sadly, I do not own jeremy-irvine.org. But I’m very happy to announce that the site is back online under a new domain name, jeremy-irvine.net. If you have the site bookmarked, please change the URL. And if possible, please help spread the word by retweeting. Thank you very much!