Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Peggy Bowes

12/22/2011 (4 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Epic Movie Premiers Christmas Day

I recently screened the film "War Horse" and was impressed with Jeremy's performance.  He brings depth to the character of Albert, exuding boyish charm and enthusiasm as well as courage, dignity and honor.  I was able to sit down with the 21 year-old actor to talk about the movie and his ambitions in Hollywood.  He was refreshingly humble, personable and candid.

Highlights

By Peggy Bowes

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/22/2011 (4 years ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: War Horse, Steven Spielberg, Jeremy Irvine, World War I,


WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - War Horse is an epic film about the love between a young English boy named Albert and his horse Joey against the backdrop of World War I.  The film stars Hollywood newcomer Jeremy Irvine, who was discovered by director Steven Spielberg.  "I wanted a fresh face.  We were right in the middle of the search process when we saw Jeremy.   We moved on to see if anybody could match him.  After several more months of searching, it was clear he was the best person for the part."

I recently screened the film and was impressed with Jeremy's performance.  He brings depth to the character of Albert, exuding boyish charm and enthusiasm as well as courage, dignity and honor.  I was able to sit down with the 21 year-old actor to talk about the movie and his ambitions in Hollywood.  He was refreshingly humble, personable and candid.

Peggy Bowes:  You were first introduced to War Horse when your mother read the book aloud to you as a child, and two of your great grandfathers fought in World War I.  Do you feel a personal connection to this story?

Jeremy Irvine:  I was 8 or 9 at the time.  It's a story that is fast becoming part of our culture in Britain.  The book is read by many children.  Michael Morpurgo was the children's laureate- he's been honored to be the main children's writer.  The first world war is such a bruise on our society.  The fact that I have stories of both my great grandparents in the first world war is not extraordinary.  Nearly everyone does.  It's something that literally affected everyone in Britain.  What is extraordinary is that my great grandfather had a horse, Elizabeth, in World War I that he bought from the army for 28 pounds-- the same amount Albert has when he tries to buy Joey from the army.  I've got the receipt for the horse, and I read his letters.  I think it's difficult for my generation to relate to what these young boys and men must have gone through, which just makes it more important that films like this keep that memory alive. 

Peggy:  How else did you prepare for the role?

Jeremy:  I've always been fascinated by the first world war.  It's kind of geeky, but I collect war memorabilia.  I think where I found an outlet was the innocence Albert has- it's an innocence we don't really have nowadays.  To find a fifteen year-old with that lack of cynicism is very rare.  He's been in this isolated part of England, not really seeing anyone outside his small community.  He's got no brothers or sisters nor many friends at all, and this horse becomes his brother and his best friend.  That's why the stakes are so high.  When the horse is taken away from him, he has to go and find it.  There's no question in Albert's mind.

Peggy:  The horse who played Joey stepped on your foot at one point.  How did that affect your performance?

Jeremy:  It was in the audition!  I'm really desperate to impress, and the horse is standing on my foot.  The tears in that audition were very real.  Purely my fault, however.  I was too busy with my scene rather than looking where I was putting my feet.  The horse wasn't to blame. 

Peggy:  More and more children are affected by diabetes these days.  What are the challenges of being a diabetic actor in Hollywood?

Jeremy:  I've been diabetic since I was six.  It's just part of my life.  I don't let it affect me in any way whatsoever.  If you treat it with respect and you're sensible, it shouldn't stop you from doing anything.  Sure, some days it's a lot harder to work, but the moment you start complaining about that and letting it affect your work, then that's the moment it starts affecting your life.  I just tend to think that if I have to work a little bit harder today, then I've just got to work harder.  The research that is being done now is so incredible.  I do some work with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.  Diabetes is one of these things that something can really be done about and very soon. 

Peggy:  Since you're a newcomer, there's not much information available about you.  I did find your Facebook fan page and read that you're a very accomplished musician and that you especially enjoy playing the saxophone.

Jeremy:  [Laughs loudly] That's all bollocks [nonsense]!  I'm sorry.  No, no, no that's the risk of reading things on the internet.  Absolutely not.  I've never touched a saxophone.  They say lots of things, apparently.  My brother came to me the other day and said, "Jeremy I never knew you sang to the pope."  The internet is a wonderful invention, but anyone can write whatever they want.

Peggy:    Well then, since you're a fresh young face in Hollywood, what do you want to be known for?

Jeremy:  I have a very, very strong idea of the scripts that I like.  I like to choose scripts based on my being passionate about them.  They're all good proper scripts [War Horse, Now is Good, Great Expectations and The Railway Man].  I've been asked a couple of times while doing the press for War Horse, "What are your thoughts about fame?"  It sounds stupid now, but when I took the role, I never really contemplated it.  I want to be known for doing good work, I hope.  Just being able to work is a privilege enough.

War Horse opens in theaters on December 25th.   The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of war violence. 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2016
Universal:
Sports: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.



Comments


More Movies

The MUST-READ 2016 'Ben-Hur' Review (NO SPOLIERS) Watch

Image of

By Nikki Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The 2016 "Ben-Hur" remake wows with an adrenaline-inducing chariot race and heartbreaking tale of betrayal. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The remake of classic film "Ben-Hur" maintains a similar story line as the 1959 version but portrays an updated version ... continue reading


Pope Francis blesses Ben-Hur actor and actors pull own stunts - Everything you need to know in tell-all exclusive interview with Roma Downey Watch

Image of Ben-Hur will be available nationwide in theaters August 19.

By Nikki Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

During an exclusive interview with Catholic Online, Hollywood film producer Roma Downey offered some behind-the-scenes insight to the upcoming film "Ben-Hur." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Downey, who starred in the CBS series "Touched by an Angel," is an actress ... continue reading


Ben-Hur reimagined: Read the EXCLUSIVE interview with producer Roma Downey now! Watch

Image of Ben-Hur 2016.

By Nikki Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Read the transcript of Roma Downey's exclusive interview with Catholic Online. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Downey was interviewed Friday, August 12 in regards to the remake of the cinema classic Ben-Hur.The 2016 release features the talents of Jack Huston and ... continue reading


What is a miracle? New film aims to explain the unexplainable Watch

Image of idisciple.org

By Tonia Borsellino (CNA)

For both skeptics and believers, miracles have captivated people's attention for thousands of years. Swansea, United Kingdom (CNA) - That same intrigue led St. Anthony Communications to produce their latest film, 'Miracles.'The 35-minute documentary is the first of a ... continue reading


Film spotlights Hillsong UNITED's remarkable journey from a youth group band at Hillsong Church to a worldwide recording and concert sensation Watch

Image of

By Press Release

Pure Flix is distributing HILLSONG-LET HOPE RISE, the highly anticipated feature film that chronicles the spectacular and miraculous rise to prominence of the Australia-based band, Hillsong UNITED. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Directed by Michael John Warren ... continue reading


Witness the Coming of Christ...to virtual reality Watch

Image of The Story of Christ is coming to virtual reality for the first time (The Story of Christ).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Looking for a new way to immerse yourself in the story of Jesus Christ? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Engadget, virtual reality is an opportunity to fully engage an audience in a film like never before.Producers and directors are moving toward the ... continue reading


Jesus to reach 6.5 million more people? Watch

Image of The JESUS Film will reach millions more after being translated into eight new languages (Amazon).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Millions around the world have no idea who Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is - but now 6.5 million people will be able to learn about Christ in a way they can clearly understand. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - <a href=http://www.jesusfilm.org/>The JESUS Film ... continue reading


'He was a Primitive Baptist': Matthew McConaughey on new Bible-based film Watch

Image of

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

According to actor Matthew McConaughey, his latest film "Free State of Jonas" is not just a historical film - it is also a Biblical one. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Free State of Jonas" centers around Newton Knight, who brings together a small band of farmers ... continue reading


Pope Pius IX portrayed in Steven Spielberg's latest film Watch

Image of Latest Spielberg movie features Pope Pius IX (WikiMedia Commons).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Steven Spielberg's latest film, "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," will tell the true story of how a six-year-old's kidnapping relates to Pope Pius IX, the crumbling of the then Papacy and how Italy was unified through the culmination of events. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


True story behind 'Miracles From Heaven' Watch

Image of Annabel Beam shares story of how God cured her of lifelong illness (PA Real Life).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Annabel Beam was only 9-years-old when she fell down a hollowed-out tree and landed on her skull. Despite other horror stories in which spines were snapped and skulls were broken, Annabel emerged with a few scratches and a miracle: She was cured of a lifelong illness. ... continue reading


All Movies News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 1:26-31
26 Consider, brothers, how you were called; not many of you are wise by ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 33:12-13, 18-19, 20-21
12 How blessed the nation whose God is Yahweh, the people he has chosen ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 25:14-30
14 'It is like a man about to go abroad who summoned his servants and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 27th, 2016 Image

St. Monica
August 27: Saint Monica, also known as Monica of Hippo, is ... Read More