Friday 24 November 2017

Irvine: I'm no Christian Bale!

Jeremy Irvine would love to follow in Christian Bale's footsteps
Jeremy Irvine would love to follow in Christian Bale's footsteps

Jeremy Irvine has laughed off suggestions that he is the next Christian Bale.

The 21-year-old actor makes his big-screen debut in Steven Spielberg's First World War epic, War Horse, and the Oscar-winning filmmaker has likened him to Dark Knight star Christian.

"Oh come on! Stop it," Jeremy said. "That's very sweet. Christian Bale is one of my favourite actors so I am hugely flattered. But it's ridiculous."

But Jeremy admitted he would love to follow in Christian's footsteps.

"I use Christian Bale a lot when I'm talking about careers I really admire. You struggle to find a film where he didn't do a fantastic job. He makes amazing choices. I thought The Fighter was one of the greatest films I have ever seen in the last five years."

The actor revealed how winning the War Horse lead role, after two months of auditions, was a dream come true.

"Coming from a theatre show with no lines to this has been a jump. I played a tree, and hadn't been working for two years. I was quite happy playing my little tree, then I got the Spielberg call. It was beyond anything I could have imagined," he recalled.

Jeremy also had to learn to bond with the horses.

"I had no experience with horses before. So I had to convince them I was a master horseman," he admitted. "I worked at the stables and took riding lessons."

:: War Horse is in cinemas now

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