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Stephen Green


April 4, 2013 - 11:38 am

Jeremy Irons has come out of the closet — as a Hollywood libertarian. Check this out:

Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons ripped into New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, likening his proposed restrictions on cigarettes and soda to a “nanny state.”

“I’m a complete libertarian,” the “Brideshead Revisited” star said in an interview Wednesday with HuffPost Live. “I think it’s very, very dangerous. I really mean that. I think the smoking ban is a tip of an iceberg of society — the leaders of society telling us how to be.”

“I think it’s not [the government’s] business,” Mr. Irons said. “I think it is their business to tell us to care for and respect each other and each other’s happiness and each other’s health, and we are responsible enough to do that … It’s an attitude, it’s an attitude where the governors think ‘we know what’s best for people, and they’re so stupid that they would only not do it if we ban it.’”

I just started into Season 2 of The Borgias the other night, and I was, as always, completely drawn in by yet another entrancing performance by Irons. Now I have yet another reason to be a fan.

If you’re up for something that will make your skin crawl, check out Irons as troubled twin gynecologists in David Cronenberg’s 1988 movie, Dead Ringers. It’s not for everyone, but it’s the movie that made me an Irons fan.

Stephen Green began blogging at in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Libertarianism is the "bridge" or "gateway" ideology to conservatism for many of the young. Many of those who will find libertarianism attractive may choose to not move on to outright conservatism, but that would sure beat having them be "progressives" or "leftists."

As for llibertarianism in Hollywood? It should be the prevailing ideology there, considering the typical Hollywood lifestyle. It, of course, is not, which is twisted. However, this may change over time.
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This post and the fact that I just watched Margin Call sent me over to IMDB to see what this guy has been up to. Lord he is a worker bee!

Hopefully this will give courage to others to speak out for their own beliefs.
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The early 1980's TV version of "Brideshead Revisited" is awesome, as is the book by Evelyn Waugh. Both get deeply into matters of faith and morality, and the redemption of some of the characters is inspiring.

Irons is excellent in the TV version, along with several others.

It still gives me goosebumps hearing Phoebe Nichols' character telling Jeremy Irons' character about being "thwarted." You have to watch the series to understand.
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I've heard nothing but great things about that production. If it was shot on film though, I'll wait for the inevitable HD release.
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