A Minute With: Max Irons on class divide, all-male banter

Wed Oct 1, 2014 8:04am EDT
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By Solarina Ho

TORONTO (Reuters) - Max Irons may come from an illustrious acting family and has already had a taste of Hollywood, but he is very conscious of the empty and fleeting nature of fame and fortune.

That awareness helped the British actor with his gritty role in new film "The Riot Club," out now in UK theaters. The film explores the violent excesses of an elite university society, inspired in part by Oxford University's Bullingdon Club.

Irons, 28, a relative newcomer to film and television, is the son of Academy award-winning English actor Jeremy Irons, and Irish actress Sinead Cusack.

The cast got along well, but unlike his easy-going character, Irons confessed to being "terrified" at first.

"I thought, what if we're all competitive and trying to out-do each other?" Irons told Reuters.

"I've never been good at all-male banter. I sort of clam up and go spend a lot of time going to the bathroom, standing outside smoking cigarettes, anything to get away from it."

While attending Toronto International Film Festival for "The Riot Club" premiere, Irons spoke with Reuters about Britain's class struggles and working on the film.


Actor Max Irons attends a photocall for the television series 'The White Queen' as part of the MIPTV, the International Television Programs Market, event in Cannes April 8, 2013.       REUTERS/Eric Gaillard