Legendary actor Jeremy Irons speaks to Empire about the task of playing Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth, in the hotly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Scroll down for all the details.
When the cast was announced for Batman v Superman, many people were, should we say, apprehensive. Ben ‘the Daredevil’ Affleck as Batman? Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor? Seriously? However one thing I think we can all agree on is the spot on casting choice for Alfred – step forward Mr Jeremy Irons.
The veteran Brit has played his fair share of iconic roles over the years, from his performance as the big bad in Die Hard with a Vengeance and The Lion King, to his amazing double billing in David Cronenberg’s stunning Dead Ringers. But now he’s stepping into the shoes of a character last portrayed by the equally brilliant Michael Caine. Should we expect more of the same flavour which Caine brought to the role? Irons assures us that definitely isn’t the case. Speaking to Empire, he said:
I knew we would be finding a different angle on Alfred. So I thought of him as my own. Alfred has lived longer than Bruce, and so perhaps has a clearer perspective on life.
As well as having been in loco parentis to Bruce. His only remit in life is to protect him. And, as those of us who have raised children, let alone Batmen, will know, that is quite a wide remit.
Irons also revealed that Alfred doesn’t live at Wayne Manor with Bruce and that the building has burned down, as well as promising to be a lot more hands on – he’s a man “who can actually do anything if he has to” according to the actor.
While we loved Michael Caine and Michael Gough in their respective films, I can’t wait to see this new spin on the character. All the teasers and trailers have pointed to Batman v Superman having a grittier edge than previous movies, and seeing a bad-ass Alfred get stuck into the action in some degree is something definitely worth salivating over.
Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice will hit cinemas March 25, 2016.
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