Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Why isn't Jeremy Irons knighted yet?
With all due respect, Betty Windsor -- git off yer royal duff, haul out ye olde sworde and knight Jeremy Irons already fer chrissakes! He's been one of Britain's best actors for over 30 years. Who can forget his stellar performances in films and series like Brideshead Revisited, The Mission, Reversal of Fortune, M. Butterfly, Lolita and The Borgias, to mention only a few? All the other finest British actors and actresses of his generation have been knighted already -- surely it must be his turn by now?
To top everything off, he recently turned in a stunning performance as Henry IV in The Hollow Crown BBC series of Shakespearian plays. Oh yes, all eyes were on up-and-comers Ben Whishaw and Tom Hiddleston, but it was Jeremy Irons who OWNED that series. No one else delivers Shakespeare like Jeremy Irons -- he always makes those incredibly complex lines sound like simple speech from an actual person. THAT'S the true measure of a great actor. In his intense scenes with Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons' acting skill easily eclipsed that of the younger actor -- and we all know that Tom Hiddleston is no slouch in the acting department.
I admire Jeremy Irons so much I'm even willing to overlook his incredibly stupid views on same-sex marriage. THAT'S how good he is.
May he soon be SIR Jeremy Irons, as he so richly deserves.