Born Maximilian Paul Diarmuid Irons in the London, England borough of Camden on Oct. 17, 1985, Max Irons is the scion of one of the most celebrated acting families in the United Kingdom. His parents a...
A London store worker has thanked Max Irons for his bravery after the actor broke his wrist while trying to stop a suspected shoplifter. Jeremy Irons' son made the revelation in a interview to promote his new film Riot Club, and now the shopkeeper involved in the incident in Notting Hill has come forward to praise The Host star.
The store owner, who asked not to be named, reveals Irons attempted to stop the thief outside the shop close to his parents' home, and he was injured when a member of staff attempted to break up the scuffle with a broomstick.
He tells British newspaper the London Evening Standard, "We are really grateful he helped us catch the thief. It was brave of him... Two men came in and each grabbed several bottles of wines then fled. Staff ran out after them. Max wasn't in the shop at the time. He must have seen us chasing a shoplifter in the street. He helped us wrestle him to the ground then pin him down for several minutes till police arrived... We know who he is as he and his parents are regular customers. He got hit on his wrist in error. We have already apologised to him and his parents for what happened."
Irons previously said of the incident, "I've never done anything heroic before, I did it once and broke my wrist."
British actor Max Irons suffered a broken wrist when his attempt to chase a thief went awry.
The Host star, son of acting veteran Jeremy Irons, saw a teenage shoplifter run out of a local convenience store in London and he heroically attempted to apprehend the crook. Irons bundled the thief to the ground but the shop owners mistook the actor for an accomplice and began beating both men with broomsticks, inflicting a painful injury on Irons.
He tells The Times newspaper, "I've never done anything heroic before, I did it once and broke my wrist."
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Sundance is long gone, Cannes sailed away months ago, and both Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festivals have cleared away until next year. But when one major film festival ends, another starts putting its lineup together, and this time, it's Canada's time to shine. The Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from September 4 until the 14, has unveiled the list of titles they'll be premiering this year, and it's packed with under-the-radar indies, highly anticipated returns from accliamed directors, and of course, several likely awards contenders. But with nearly 60 films all making their debut in Toronto this fall, it can be hard to pick out the good from the bad and the exciting from the ones you've probably seen before. In an attempt to simplify the decision-making process for you, we've highlighted some of the most exciting films to hit north of the border this fall.
The Imitation Game Who’s Involved: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance star What It’s About: The British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking German codes, and was then prosecuted by the government for being homosexual. Thoughts: Finally, a cast good enough to convince you that math is interesting for two hours.
The Last Five Years Who’s Involved: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan What It’s About: A musical that tells the story of a married couple’s five-year relationship – his perspective runs from the day they met to when it all fell apart, and hers from the end back to the beginning. Thoughts: The perfect example as to why you should pay attention when your theater nerd friend tries plays you cast recordings.
Foxcatcher Who’s Involved: Bennett Miller directs; Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo starWhat It’s About: Based on a true story, it follows two championship wrestler brothers and the tragic consequences that they face after getting involved with an eccentric millionaire coach. Thoughts: We really are going to have to come up with the Tatum equivalent of “McConaissance” sometime soon.
A Little ChaosWho’s Involved: Alan Rickman directs; Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Rickman star What It’s About: A landscape gardener finds herself struggling with the politics of Louis XIV’s court and her own demons after she’s hired to work at the Garden of Versailles. Thoughts: You had us at “Rickman.”
The Riot Club Who’s Involved: Lone Scherfig directs; Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay star What It’s About: A privileged young man is inducted into the “Riot’s Club,” an exclusive, wild group of young men full of debauchery and bad behavior, during his first year at Oxford. Thoughts: Look! It’s that guy from that thing! And that girl, from that other thing! I like them. They should be in more things.
Before We Go Who’s Involved: Chris Evans directs; Evans and Alice Eve star What It’s About: Two strangers bond over the course of one night in Manhattan, and the conflicts in their lives allow them to explore more about each other and themselves. Thoughts: Captain America is directing movies now!
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This Is Where I Leave You Who’s Involved: Shawn Levy directs; Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda star What It’s About: Four adult siblings return to their childhood home after their father dies. Dysfunction and hijinks ensue. Thoughts: Does Driver say “outer space” in this? Can we re-write the script so that he does?
Men, Women and Children Who’s Involved: Jason Reitman directs; Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer star What It’s About: A group of parents and children navigate the way the Internet has changed their relationships and lives. Thoughts: Well, it’s got be better than Labor Day, right?
Miss Julie Who’s Involved: Liv Ullman directs; Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star What It’s About: Set over the course of one night in the 1880s, an aristocratic woman and her father’s valet struggle for power. Thoughts: Should we also be thinking about the “Farrellissance?”
Nightcrawler Who’s Involved: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton star What It’s About: An ambitious journalist becomes involved with the world of LA nighttime journalism, and the line between spectator and perpetrator becomes blurred. Thoughts: Oh, so this isn’t an X-Men solo film? That’s slightly disappointing.
Rosewater Who’s Involved: Jon Stewart directs; Gael Garcia Bernal stars What It’s About: The true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who appeared on The Daily Show before being imprisoned for five months by the Iranian government. Thoughts: This is the movie that gave us Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and for that we shall always be grateful.
The Theory of Everything Who’s Involved: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis star What It’s About: The life and relationship of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from their first meeting at Cambridge through Hawking’s diagnosis through their numerous accomplishments. Thoughts: Oscar Season 2014: Alan Turing vs. Stephen Hawking in The Battle of the British Genius Biopics.
Whiplash Who’s Involved: Damien Chazelle directs; Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star What It’s About: An ambitious jazz drummer who enrolls at a prestigious music conservatory, but must endure the brutal, intense tutelage of a brilliant, drill sergeant-like teacher in order to achieve greatness. Thoughts: Look, we’ll stop talking about this one once it finally comes out, and not a moment sooner, okay?
Actress Katie Holmes is set to play Ryan Reynolds' onscreen wife after joining the cast of real-life Jewish refugee drama Woman In Gold. Dame Helen Mirren has already started filming the project, in which she stars as Maria Altmann, who spent four decades battling Austrian officials for the safe return of art stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. The stash, including Gustav Klimt's famous The Lady in Gold painting, was returned in 2006.
Reynolds will portray Altmann's young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, and now Holmes has been added to the line-up as his wife.
Director Simon Curtis has also found a role for his real-life spouse, Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern, in the movie, alongside fellow new additions Max Irons, Daniel Bruhl and Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance.
Production on Woman in Gold began last week (ends23May14) in the U.K., Austria and the U.S.
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Once upon a time, the phrases "Circle of Life" and "Hakuna Matata" were not a part of the American lexicon. That was before Disney's The Lion King exploded onto movie screens during the summer of 1994. The tale of the young lion Simba — voiced in the movie by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Matthew Broderick — who grows up to overthrow the reign of his evil uncle Scar (Jeremy Irons) became a global phenomenon, augmented by the songs of Elton John and Tim Rice. Even if you know that the film was nominated for four Academy Awards, here are some fun facts about the movie that you might not know.
1. The movie was the first Disney feature-length animated film to be created from an original script idea. All of the company's other animated movies had been based either on books or long established fairy tales.
2. The original script was titled King of the Jungle and centered on a battle between lions and baboons. In that version, Scar was the leader of the baboons. At some point during development, the animation team realized that lions don't actually live in the jungle.
3. At one point in the production, animators considered having the song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" sung entirely by Pumbaa and Timon, much to the horror of John and Rice. A version of the song using Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella, the voices of the warthog and meerkat, was recorded but not used. Similarly, the song was almost cut from the movie entirely until John lobbied to have it kept in.
4. Many of Disney's top animators at the time didn't work on The Lion King because they were working on the animated film being produced concurrently, Pocahontas. Most people at Disney thought that the historically-based film would be the more prestigious of the two.
5. It was the second Disney animated film, after Beauty and the Beast, to win the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy.
6. When Irons' Scar delivers the line, "You have no idea," it is a direct nod to one of the actor's most famous roles as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune. In that film, Irons' character delivers the line in answer to his lawyer calling him a "very strange man." In The Lion King, he says it after Simba accuses him of being "so weird."
7. Timon's famous line, "What do you want me to do, dress in drag and dance the hula?" was improvised by Lane.
8. When Irons strained his voice while recording "Be Prepared," actor Jim Cummings, who voices the hyena Ed, stepped in and imitated Irons to get the song finished.
9. Originally, the intention was to pair Cheech Marin with his longtime comedy partner Tommy Chong to voice the hyenas Shenzi and Bonzai. They could never get in touch with Chong to reach an agreement, so Whoopi Goldberg was tapped instead.
10. James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair, who voice Simba's parents, also play a royal husband and wife in Coming to America, where they reign as the king and queen of a small African country and parents to Eddie Murphy.
11. Scar makes an appearance in a later Disney animated movie. He's seen as a rug during a sequence in Hercules.
12. There was a controversy over the formation of dust during a scene when Simba flops on the ground. Activist Donald Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association, asserted that the dust gathered to form the word "SEX" if you looked at a freeze frame of the scene and was an intentional subliminal message aimed at promoting sexual promiscuity. The producers said that really it was meant to be "SFX," as a reference to the special effects team that was working on the movie. In the films rerelease, some additional dust was added to the scene to blur any letters.
13. There was additional controversy over similarities between the film and a Japanese animated TV series entitled "Kimba the White Lion" that was produced in the 1960s. Disney has maintained that any similarities are coincidental, but Broderick has admitted that he thought that they were adapting "Kimba" when he first saw the script.
14. Three of the songs from the film — "Hakuna Matata," "The Circle of Life," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" — were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" ultimately won the Oscar, and John's version of the song went to No. 4 on the singles chart in the U.S.
15. Rice, who had provided the lyrics for Disney's Aladdin and started his career as the partner of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita), was made a knight by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994. John was knighted in 1998. The duo reteamed for the Broadway musical Aida in 2000.
16. Before playing Timon and Pumbaa, Lane and Sabella had previously worked together in the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls. After The Lion King, they were paired again on Broadway in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. At first, Lane and Sabella were cast to be two of the hyenas, but their chemistry was so good that they were switched to voicing Simba's pals.
17. Lane and Broderick went on to star as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom in the Broadway musical version of Mel Brooks' The Producers, and reprised the same roles in the film version. Reportedly, the duo saw each other only once during their voice work for The Lion King… passing each other in a hallway.
18. The stage version of The Lion King, which has been running since 1997, is the highest-grossing Broadway show in history.
19. The Lion King was the second highest grossing movie of 1994, behind Forrest Gump, in the United States, but it easily outdistanced Tom Hanks' movie worldwide and grossed over $768 million during its initial theatrical release.
20. The Lion King remains the highest grossing hand-drawn (or hand-drawn/computer animation combination) film of all time. It's the second highest grossing film in the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios behind only Frozen.
The cast of Downton Abbey will battle among themselves to land the Drama Performance prize at the U.K.'s National Television Awards next year (14). Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter and Hugh Bonneville are all nominated in the category, which has a 29 nominees.
They will be pitted against the likes of Max Irons (The White Queen), Jeremy Piven (Mr Selfridge), Damian Lewis (Homeland), and Matt Smith (Doctor Who).
Downton Abbey is also up for the Drama award along with a raft of other shows, including Homeland, Mr Selfridge, Luther, The Fall, Call The Midwife, Doctor Who and The White Queen.
Bosses of the prizegiving have introduced a new category, TV Detective of the Year, in honour of Britain's obsession with crime shows - Benedict Cumberbatch's turn as Sherlock Holmes, David Suchet's longrunning role of Hercule Poirot and David Tennant's hard hitting portrayal of troubled DI Hardy in Broadchurch are all up for the trophy.
Fans can vote to choose their winners, which will be announced at the O2 Arena in London on 22 January (14).
Irish actress Niamh Cusack has become an ambassador for a U.K. autism charity after learning about the disorder during her recent run in the West End. The star, who is Hollywood hunk Max Irons' aunt, recently appeared in the acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which features an autistic lead character.
To research her role as Siobhan, the character's mentor, she visited the young patrons of Ambitious about Autism, and was so moved by her experiences she signed up as a spokesperson for the organisation.
She says, "I’ve had a wonderful time playing Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for the last year. One thing I’ve particularly enjoyed is meeting so many different young people with autism through Ambitious about Autism, including its Youth Patrons.
"Hearing about their experiences has been so inspiring, they have offered me a window into some of the ways people with autism see the world, and deal with it. They are unique and extraordinary people with unique and extraordinary families. This is why I’m delighted to become an Ambassador for Ambitious about Autism. I look forward to continuing to support the vital work the charity does by raising awareness of autism."
In July (13), Cusack helped raise $150,000 (£100,000) for autism charities by appearing in a fundraising gala performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time alongside Jude Law, Dame Helen Mirren, Matt Smith and Chris Martin.
It’s great to have talent and a pretty face. Even better, if your parents are bona fide British A-listers. The Brit Brat Pack of models, actors and – ooh, that double-threat: models-slash-actors – are making waves in Hollywood and dominating the pages of top fashion magazines. Who’s to say that just because you’re Lily Collins and your dad helped invent prog rock, you’re on the fast track to a movie career (well, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, anyway). Is it any wonder that Max Irons inherited some acting chops from his Oscar-winning father, Jeremy (along with those killer cheekbones?). Here are our top five young Brits with fame in the old family tree.
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Actor Max Irons infuriated his agent by turning down a lucrative role in a blockbuster franchise because he had already appeared in two teen-focused movies. The Brit, whose father is actor Jeremy Irons, got his big break starring opposite Amanda Seyfried in 2011's Red Riding Hood, a fantasy film by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke.
He then played the romantic lead in the film version of Stephenie Meyer's novel The Host, but he subsequently turned down a big money role in a major franchise to avoid being typecast - much to the chagrin of his agent.
He tells Britain's The Times newspaper, "I was asked to audition for another franchise recently. It was a very similar role to ones I've played before, and I said to my agent: 'I can't do this.' And they said: 'Don't get all precious now, because this one will boost you right to the top of the pecking order and there'll be another zero at the end of all your pay cheques.' And I said, 'The problem is, if I were to do it, I would want to quit.' It's just not fulfilling'."
Irons is currently shooting Posh, the big screen adaptation of a play about an upper-class boys club at Britain's prestigious Oxford University, and he is convinced choosing thought-provoking roles will ensure career longevity.
He adds, "Something like Posh might actually make a difference to the way people think about things. That's much more exciting. But if you play the six-pack game, there are 100 people behind you who look the same and can do the same, waiting to take your place."
Actor Max Irons was left in agony on the set of historical drama The White Queen after dislocating his shoulder during a fight scene. The Red Riding Hood actor suffered the nasty injury while filming a stunt for the U.K. TV show in a full suit of armour, and doctors had to pop his shoulder back into place.
He tells Britain's Daily Star Sunday, "I dislocated my shoulder in a fight scene. I had to elbow someone in the face and, because of the restrictions of the armour, it went against my natural movement and my shoulder just popped out of its socket. Thankfully it got pushed back in but I did have physio (physiotherapy) on it for the next couple of weeks."
Made feature film debut as the curtain call boy in "Being Julia," co-starring his father Jeremy Irons and Annette Bening
Appeared on British crime series "The Runaway" (Sky1)
Cast in "Dorian Gray" opposite Ben Barnes; film based on Oscar Wilde's novel
Co-starred with Saoirse Ronan in "The Host," based on novel by Stephenie Meyer
Co-starred with Amanda Seyfried in fantasy thriller "Red Riding Hood"
Born Maximilian Paul Diarmuid Irons in the London, England borough of Camden on Oct. 17, 1985, Max Irons is the scion of one of the most celebrated acting families in the United Kingdom. His parents are Oscar winning British actor Jeremy Irons and Tony-nominated Irish actress Sinéad Cusack, while his grandparents were the acclaimed Irish stage performers Cyril Cusack and Mary Margaret Kiely. Despite this bloodline, Irons was initially fearful of following in his family's footsteps, due in part to his dyslexia, which made public speaking a challenge. But after successfully memorizing a 30-page play by Neil LaBute for a drama festival, the 16-year-old Irons decided to pursue a life in drama. He initially taught performance in Nepal, then made his screen debut as a featured extra in "Being Julia" (2004) before taking formal training at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008. To support himself during this period, Irons worked as a model for such labels as Burberry and Mango.