Irons' good Impression
Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons and Tony award winning director Jack O’Brien talk to IrishCentral about their Irish backgrounds and working together on Broadway in the new play "Impressionism"
“But I recently uncovered my own Cork connections. I’m guided by Edna O’Brien, the Queen of Ireland. God knows I’m Irish, though –- I don’t shut my mouth. I like to have fun and I’m terribly funny in the way that the Irish are funny, and I can’t really stop it or help it or apologize for it.”
Working with Irons on "Impressionism," which the critics roundly slated, shows both the challenges and shortcomings of untested new work. But O’Brien is philosophical and delighted he had the opportunity to work with Irons.
“He’s another crazy Irishman. I knew Sinead first and so he was disposed to like me. But he’s thorny, he’s no pushover,” O’Brien says.
“He’s a very wise and very smart guy who does not suffer fools lightly. The smart thing I did was invite him up to my place for the weekend, and I cooked the food and set up the liquor and we just screamed with laughter.”
Another testament to O’Brien’s Irish pride stems from a discovery he made late in his career.
“I’ve never been able to make Irish plays work in San Diego. I began to wonder, what is it with Southern California and the Irish? And I left immediately thereafter.”
"Impressionism" is now playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street, New York, N.Y. For tickets call 212-947-8844.