Friday, March 11, 2011
20 year old Jeremy Irvine has recently wrapped on filming the lead role of 'Albert' in the feature film adaptation of Michael Morpugo's children's novel and successful National Theatre play, War Horse directed by Steven Spielberg.
Originally from Gamlingay in Bedfordshire, Jeremy did a one year foundation course at LAMDA before landing the role of Luke in Disney's Life Bites. The young actor had then been performing in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Dunsinane at Hampstead Theatre when he was sent on a series of auditions for a role in the DreamWorks film.
I’m not a huge animal person,’ Jeremy confessed, ‘and I didn’t grow up around horses. In fact, I’d never ridden a horse.
‘During the audition process I tried to brush up on that,’ he said, and to that end he started helping out at a local stables.
He kept being called back to audition until one evening, he got a telephone call from his agent.
‘Steven Spielberg would like to have a cup of tea with you tomorrow morning at nine o’clock, can you do that?’ the agent said.
‘Ah, yes, I think I can,’ Jeremy replied. He met Spielberg, and the part was his.
He then underwent a two-month intensive horse training course alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Patrick Kennedy who play fellow officers. Peter Mullan and Emily Watson play his parents. There were 11 horses, used to play Joey at various stages of his life.
Celine Buckens from London plays Emelie, a French girl who takes Joey in.
“War Horse” opens in UK cinemas on January 13th 2012.