Max Irons and Samantha Barks are currently shooting The Devil’s Harvest, in production in the Ukraine.
The epic love story and family drama is set in 1930s Ukraine, when an artist born to Cossack warriors struggles to win the approval of his family and the love of his life.
George Mendeluk directs and also produces with Jay Gazeley. Ian Ihnatowycz and Richard Bachynsky Hoover serve as executive producers.
Richard Bachynsky Hoover and George Mendeluk wrote the screenplay, based on Hoover’s story.
The cast also includes Tamer Hassan, Aneurin Barnard and Tom Austen.
On a recent Wednesday, the British actor Max Irons accompanied a reporter to the Cloisters, the museum devoted to the art of medieval Europe. It was a setting that may have felt familiar to King Edward IV, the character Mr. Irons plays on the Starz series “The White Queen,” a lusty take on the Wars of the Roses.
Of course, Mr. Irons can claim a regal bloodline of his own: he is a son of the actors Jeremy Irons and Sinéad Cusack.
Stepping into the Late Gothic Hall gallery, Mr. Irons scoped out the altarpiece and tapestries. He admitted having done some remedial reading for his role. “There’s a fantastic bookshop in London called Foyles, and if you turn up and say, ‘I need the definitive book on Plantagenet history,’ some guy with a crutch will appear” — at this point the six-foot-plus actor with perfectly defined features hunched over, mimicked a wizened old troll waving a book — “and he will say, ‘I’ve got it.’ ”
As he made his way through the galleries, Mr. Irons, whose 28th birthday is Thursday, drew sidelong glances from other museumgoers. Perhaps they recognized him, or perhaps they were just struck by his model good looks, which at one point were featured in ads by Burberry.
Mr. Irons stood quietly in front of the famed Unicorn Tapestries, remarking on the vibrant colors, and trying to take in the story line. He noted depictions of men with shoulder-length bobs, and recalled an article in The Daily Mail (“a terrible newspaper, terrible”) that cited anachronisms when “The White Queen” was shown on the BBC. The article, referring to zippers, stated: “Howlers include costumes with zips — which weren’t invented until the late 19th century — Georgian windows and modern guttering.”
Mr. Irons wandered down a staircase, reaching the Gothic Chapel, filled with stained-glass windows, the light moodily changing as the sun was covered by clouds. He remarked on the contrast with the chapels in the series. “We had very dark, dingy, dirty chapels indeed, like the one where Edward IV prayed at one point,” he said. “It was nothing as beautiful as this.”
I have just added a beautiful new shoot of Max in Interview Magazine to the gallery. Also below you can read the interview he did with them.
Though you wouldn’t know it from his patient demeanor, Max Irons is tired. The 27-year-old actor has just finished his run as Stephen Bellamy in Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North in London. “He never comes off stage,” he explains. “It was killer, but it was great.” Now Irons is in New York for a few days to see his girlfriend and do press for his finale of his Starz miniseries, The White Queen. “I’ve only known her for five months or so,” says Irons of his girlfriend. “This is the first time I’ve been here with her. I met all of her friends in one go last night.” Was it intimidating? “It was, but then within 10 minutes I thought, ‘No, they’re good people,’ which is nice,” he confides.
The son of British actor Jeremy Irons and Irish actress Sinéad Cusack, Max is tall, gracious, good-looking, and casually charming. In The White Queen, he plays the frequently overlooked 15th century king, Edward IV, as he fights against various members of his kin for the throne of England during the War of the Roses. The maternal grandfather of Henry VIII, Edward is perhaps most famous as the father of Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury, the two preteen “Princes in the Tower” that were murdered by their uncle and immortalized in John Everett Millais’ famous portrait. “They were ruthless,” comments Irons of the time period. “You had to be to stay in control—your own brother is trying to kick you off the throne. You go up to the North of England and come back to find you’ve been replaced by someone else, so you have to be vigilant and very aggressive.”
While The White Queen will air its season finale this weekend, Irons’ work for the year is far from done. The actor recently wrapped an adaptation of Laura Wade’s play Posh with Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger, Jessica Brown Findlay, Natalie Dormer, and Freddie Fox. Next, Irons will head to Ukraine to film The Devil’s Harvest, followed by Keys to the Street, a Ruth Rendell book adapted by Christopher Nolan and costarring Gemma Arterton and Tim Roth (a man Irons dubs “a fucking legend”).
EMMA BROWN: The White Queen moves very quickly. I thought the entire series would cover a few years at most and then within the first few episodes, you already have all of these children.
MAX IRONS: Tell me about it. Towards the end, one of them was older than I was in real life. Edward was a very fertile young man.
BROWN: Edward seems quite forgiving.
IRONS: He was incredibly forgiving. His brother and his best friend and his advisor tried to kill him and then he had them back to court, invited them back. But then again, it’s the same old thing. Allegiances are so important to maintain, because without them you’d be nothing.
Max Irons Dishes About His Famous Dad Jeremy Irons, Moving to the United States and His Relationship Status
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There is no secret that Max Irons is following in the footsteps of his famous father, Jeremy Irons.
The 27-year-old English actor chatted with E! News on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in New York City about his acting dynasty family and his future plans.
“I know, people throw that word dynasty around,” The White Queen star revealed. “I don’t know. I guess I do, both my parents are actors and their parents are, but they thankfully kept me away from all the more superficial sides of this business, thankfully.”
But his parent’s experience didn’t stop them from feeling nervous about their son taking a similar career path.
“They know how unpredicatable this business, how tough this business can be in many ways,” Irons explained. “And they do let me do it now, but they neither encourage or discourage, they just let me do it. They don’t give me advice as to what my career should or shouldn’t be, which I sort of appreciate.”
But his career isn’t the only thing that is heating up: Irons is moving to the Big Apple to be with his girlfriend!
“I’ve been coming here every year since I was a kid,” he said. “And every time I come, it kind of gets richer and deeper and better.”
So, when is he relocating across the pond permanently?
“I’m moving out here mid-November,” he said. “I’m moving in winter which is gorgeous, you know we have Christmas trees are coming up. I like big coats. What’s not to like?”
No better time of year in New York City!
I’ve added a few stills from Max in Faragut North. Also below are some links to reviews of it!
Theatre Productions > Farragut North (2013) > On Stage Stills
Max Irons (BBC TV’s The White Queen) and Rachel Tucker (Wicked) are set to star in Beau Willimon’s FARRAGUT NORTH, which begins at the Southwark Playhouse tonight, September 11, with an opening slated for September 13. The production will run through October 5, 2013, directed by Guy Unsworth.
Stephen Bellamy is a bright young man with a ruthless political ambition. At twenty-five, he is already press secretary to a candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. He is self-confident, charismatic and strategically brilliant; a player on a meteoric rise to the top. But when Stephen receives an unexpected phone call at a crucial period in the campaign, a decision made in the heat of the moment unleashes a chain of events even he can’t control.
Farragut North is an extraordinary journey into the underworld of politics from Beau Willimon, head writer of the hit US version of House of Cards. It was adapted into The Ides of March, an Oscar and BAFTA-nominated screenplay written by Beau Willimon and George Clooney and directed by George Clooney. This year, Farragut North comes to Southwark Playhouse for its UK Premiere, directed by Guy Unsworth and produced by Peter Huntley Productions.
Tucker will portray a sharp reporter for The New York Times in the production. Tucker, who starred as ‘Elphaba’ in Wicked, has also appeared in the West End in We Will Rock You. Irons’ upcoming big screen projects include Vivaldi and Posh. He has also appeared in The Host, Red Riding Hood, Dorian Gray and Being Julia. His TV credits include The White Queen and The Runaway.
LONDON, UK — As charismatic monarch Edward IV, Max Irons reigns on Starz’s Saturday night drama “The White Queen.” But, his kingly role didn’t net him an invitation when his one of his co-stars made a quiet trip to the Frietmuseum in Bruges, a museum for French fries, near where the series filmed.
“I do feel like I’ve missed out on something,” Max jokes when Access Hollywood asks the British actor if he made the trip alongside Rebecca Ferguson, who plays his “White Queen.” (She told Access she made a quick trip there while shooting.)
“I feel there’s a hole in the center of my being that would have been filled if I knew that little bit more about French fries,” he continued. “I might have to go all the way back to Belgium just to go to it!”
The rising star clearly has a good sense of humor. It’s something he’s brought — on occasion (they were tough times, afterall) — to playing the monarch who had a lengthy reign during England’s War of the Roses (like ordering James Frain’s the Earl of Warwick in Episode 3, to fulfill all his needs while he was a regal prisoner and briefly unseated).
Right now, Max is busy learning lines for his next project — the play “Farragut North” (it became the George Clooney film “The Ides of March”) — at London’s Southwark Playhouse, officially opening on September 13. But, the 27-year-old put down the pages to chat with Access about his “The White Queen” role.
AccessHollywood.com: This is your first period drama. As an English actor, is that a rite of passage – something you have to do at some point in your career — donning doublets and tights?
Max Irons: I’ve never sort of thought of it like that. I guess we in England make quite a lot of period dramas because our history spans many, many centuries and is sort of littered with events, and people are sort of realizing now, with the success of ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ being based on the War of the Roses, that those stories are fascinating and very dimensional and they’re good stories.
Access: So it’s not something that you think about when you’re a young actor, you don’t say, ‘I want to tick off that box’?
Max: I guess not, but bear in mind that drama school is very much a part of getting into acting in England, so when you’re at drama school, you’re doing Chekov, you’re doing Shakespeare, you’re doing all that sort of thing, so by the time you get out you’re sort of used to wearing silly clothes and speaking in period, so to speak.
Access: Speaking of something silly – silly hair, when you Googled Edward IV after you got the role, and you saw his chin-length bob, his bulbous chin, what did you think?
Max: I thought … there’s a police siren, hang on… I thought that I’d be spending a lot of time in hair and makeup and initially they did want to put me in a wig, so I came in one day and we tried a couple out and we found this particular one and we put it on and I looked at myself in the mirror. And you know when you get a radical haircut it gives you a bit of a shock? It gave me a bit of a shock, but within a couple of minutes, I convinced myself that it was OK. I signed off in my head that I had to accept this and it was part of the character and I’d grow to love it, but then I walked through sets to go and see the director and producers — the amount of weird looks I got, and then I met the producer and directors and thankfully they made an editorial choice and got rid of it.
Access: Your Elizabeth – Rebecca – (another loud sound crops up on the phone line). Oh my God, where are you!
Max: I’m in a very loud part of the city.
Access: Are you surrounded by crimes being committed?
Max: (Jokingly) I’m actually on the run from the police. That’s what’s going on.
Access: So basically I’m breaking news then speaking to you…
Max: Yeah. … You’re probably the last person I’m going to speak to in the free world.
Access: Scoop (laughs)! So anyway, back to Rebecca — one of the things I noticed when I met her is there is just a quiet confidence to her. Do you think that’s what got her this role out of the 20 women they were chemistry testing with you to be Elizabeth Woodville?
Max: I think it was a number of factors. I know exactly what you mean about that quiet confidence and it’s a quiet strength, but Elizabeth not only had to have that, but she also had to be incredibly politically savvy. Edward’s court was a male dominated world where women were only there by invitation and if they were to have any power whatsoever, they would have to earn it, but not by the same rules that men played by. So they’d have to be politically very savvy, socially very savvy, and Elizabeth was spectacularly smart at operating, so much so that at points in Edward’s reign, she was very much running things and Rebecca understood that and understood how to do that. I remember that particularly in the audition.
Access: Did you need to do research on this guy to feel comfortable inhabiting Edward’s shoes? Or, do you just go off a script?
Max: You do a lot of research. I knew a bit about the War of the Roses — most people in England do — but not much and certainly not much about Edward IV. And in fact, there isn’t that much information because the Tudors weren’t Plantagenets and got rid of a lot of the documentation about [them]. But there are bits and pieces out there, so I read a couple of books and took what I needed to and hopefully applied it to the character.
Playing King Edward IV in the STARZ series “The White Queen” has its perks, but according to Max Irons, the costumes aren’t always among them.
“The costumes are fantastic. When you walk onto set wearing a lion skin or covered in armor or you have a sword that’s almost as tall as you are, it’s a huge amount of fun,” he told ABC News. “But it’s hot. It’s hot and itchy, and every single time I got off my horse I ripped my trousers, and I had to undo my boots and get a new pair. Then I’d get on my horse and rip my trousers again.”
Unsurprisingly, in real life, Irons, 27, opts for a more comfortable style, most of the time.
“I have an ongoing battle with whether to wear tight jeans or not. Vanity over comfort,” he said. “With the former, it’s ‘I’m going to be sticky or itchy, and if I get chased by a robber or a thug, I can’t run away,’ and, ‘I can run away and I’m more comfortable,’ with the latter. I tend toward the latter.”
Plus, “You have to have really skinny legs [for tight jeans], and I have really muscular legs. I was the captain of the rowing team when I was in school,” he said, laughing. “I was once told I have the legs of a male ballerina, but I’d like to think there’s more to me than my legs!”
Then, Irons (yes, his dad is Oscar winner Jeremy Irons), turned serious when asked about his career.
“I used to always audition for weird things, like Dopey in ‘Snow White,’ but there’s only so far you can go creatively when you’re 6,” he said, adding as he grew up, he began to do more plays at school. “I realized that was as much fun as I had had at school, and it became my priority.”
Now, there’s an element of self-consciousness about his acting, Irons said.
“It’s funny when you have people that you care about a great deal, watching your things, you get anxious more so than other people because you care about what they think more,” he said. Still, his parents have been supportive: “You know that expression, ‘All my ducks are swans?’”
Still, there’s quite a bit of material to take in. Not only does he have a major role in “The White Queen,” which premiered earlier this month and airs every Saturday, but he also just shot a film, “Posh,” and is currently rehearsing a play in London. When he’s not working, he’s living a “typical London existence” and traveling.
“The first time off I’d had [after "Posh"] I went on holiday with a girl to Greece for two weeks. My first holiday in two years,” he said.
So who was she?
“I’m not going to tell you who the girl is!” he said.
Spoken like a true pro.
Source: ABC News
Max Irons stares soulfully in this brand new feature for Town & Countrymagazine’s September 2013 issue.
Here’s what the 27-year-old The White Queen star had to share with the mag:
On The White Queen: “It’s a bit Downton Abbey–meets–Game of Thrones. The Starz cut contains breasts and buttocks. The BBC cut doesn’t.”
On taking risks in his career: “My dad [Jeremy Irons] said once, ‘Max hasn’t really had an opportunity to fail privately.’ My dad worked on small stages, instead of finding himself on the big screen, where if you fail, you’ve failed very, very publicly.”
On wanting longevity: “You don’t want to earn your millions and then be nowhere in six years. I want to be working in 60 years.”
For more from Max, visit TownandCountryMag.com.
Max Irons loves the fashion and props from his TV drama The White Queen.
The 27-year-old actor – son of Jeremy Irons – stars as King Edward IV in TV drama The White Queen.
Max is fascinated by the fashion and weaponry of the 15th century. At one point he even asked if he could leave the set with a souvenir.
“You get the best costumes – lots of leather, fur and armour,” he told People magazine.
“I asked if I could take my sword home, because walking around with it is actually quite an empowering thing.”
When acting isn’t consuming his life, the Red Riding Hood star likes to keep in shape by tackling challenges in the great outdoors.
He finds sports that get his adrenaline pumping simultaneously exhilarating and soothing.
“I like to swim, and I free dive,” Max revealed. “You use these ridiculous, huge, long flippers to swim down and hold your breath for as long as you can. It’s really relaxing.”
While Max doesn’t regularly solicit advice from his famous actor father, the star admits the thespian has taught him some important career and life lessons.
“We have our own separate ways of doing it, and we don’t talk about technique,” Max said. “But he taught me to not take myself too seriously. There will be good days and bad days.”
-Source: Belfast Telegraph