One of my favourite portrayals was as Humbert Humbert in Adrian Lynne's
controversial adaptation of ‘Lolita’ (1997). Following
in the footsteps of James Mason he delivered a subtle, heartbreaking
performance as a tormented man seduced by his own wrongful desires
and a nymphet played beautifully by Dominique Swain. Irons brings
you to a point where you actually feel sorry for him until he asks
her for forgiveness and, as she turns to the dog and says,
goodbye to my dad’
realisation leads you back to the fact that, despite Swains obvious
seduction of Irons, he still was still he father and abused her in a
dreadful way - tearing her innocence away.
then played the leading role in 'Fallen Angels', which featured the
actor as a magazine editor-cum-freedom fighter after his wife and three
children were killed when their airplane was hijacked by terrorists.
Though his performance was generally viewed as good, few Americans would
enjoy it -- the original (and uncanny) plans for a United States theatrical
release in fall of 2001 was cancelled after the 9/11 attacks. Luckily
for Irons and his loyal fan base, the 2002 releases of 'Time Machine'
and the musical drama 'Callas Forever' were not similarly hindered.
In the same year, Irons would play the role of F. Scott Fitzgerald in
director Henry Bromell's biographical feature 'Last Call' with great
success. 2003 was a busy year for Irons' vocal chords, as he provided
one of the starring voices in the lavish, multi-episode television documentary
Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites.
Englishman to the last, Irons has resisted the temptation to settle
in Hollywood. He continues to reside in England with his wife and two
sons. He starred with one of his sons, Samuel, in the 1989 television
adaptation of Ronald Dahl's Danny, the Champion of the World.
his many and varied performances his peers seem unwilling to mark his
work. He has won only a single Oscar and has been nominated for two
BAFTAs, this despite some stunning performances and a plethora of variety
in terms of roles.
Paris Hilton, that's very interesting what she did. I've never done
that. I haven't really sort of ever got into that. As time passes, maybe
I should record it and put it in a vault so that when I get a little
old don't have the energy I can remember how life used to be.
all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories.
Some take us forward, they're called dreams.
films to see:
of Fortune (1990)
The Mission (1986)