The PJ Tatler

It's Pope Alexander VI versus Mayor Mike III

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.