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Jeremy Irons Plays the Perfect Man

I was watching a Queen Elizabeth I movie starring Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons this afternoon, in between doing loads of laundry. Irons played Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, and he really did a marvelous job. I like his Leicester the best of any I've seen.

I realized it was because Irons plays him like a more sensible fellow than most of the actors I've seen playing him. Irons plays him like the rock Elizabeth needed. Always there, except for the occasional marriage that got in the way. I think I liked him so much in that role because he played Leicester the way I always wished he could be played.

But you know, Jeremy Irons usually plays that sort of character, the sensible, intelligent, dependable one with the wry sense of humor.

I have loved Irons in Kingdom of Heaven and Eragon, and he was even good playing Scar in The Lion King.

Anyway, very satisfying movie. I even forgave Helen Mirren for not being Glenda Jackson.

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Funnily enough, The Lion King was the first movie I ever saw that had Jeremy Irons in it (technically speaking). Haven't seen Kingdom of Heaven, but I did see Eragon and didn't think it was nearly as bad as I'd heard. I think Jeremy Irons' presence had something to do with that--I also thought, having read the book, that he was a good choice for Brom.

I liked Eragon, though I've never read the book. I thought Jeremy Irons was quite good in it. He's got that kind of rough-edged, been around the block a few times aspect to his looks and personality, but he's also got that nice, wry sense of humor that I really like.

Chantal