Jeremy Irons reappears as the duplicitous Rodrigo on Showtime Sunday with a new season of “The Borgias.”
Irons, who’s had one of the most abundant careers on record, says he almost quit when he was hitting 50. “I found I was doing film work which I was bored by, and I wanted something that would absorb me completely, and I think it had something to do with the fact that in my 30s and 40s I was playing leading roles and then in my late 40s and 50s I was playing guest characters, and smaller roles. I found a ruin (castle) in Ireland, and I spent two years just working on that. I had a large crew but I was running it. And then I began to run out of money because I was paying 40 wages a week, and so I started acting again here and there over the next three years — so like six years over all. It was the greatest project I have done. I came back a slightly different person and started off again.”
Budding entrepreneur? Think ‘Shark Tank’
If you’re a budding entrepreneur with a Jim Dandy invention now’s your chance to try out for ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Starting Sunday auditions will be held in five different cities for the opportunity to boost your product into the stratosphere. Sunday casting agents will be in Atlanta, Dallas on April 20, Chicago on May 9, to Philadelphia on May 11, and North Hollywood on May 24. For further information check out http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/casting.
Brits put new spin on ‘Liz & Dick’ story
American television already tackled the subject of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor not very successfully with “Liz & Dick,” so now the British are giving it a go. While the Yankee version starred Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler, the British take will feature Helena Bonham Carter as the luminous Liz and Dominic West (“The Hour”) as the lusty Burton.
Bonham Carter, who is known for her other-worldly portrayals, says, “I don’t think my taste is particularly commercial. I don’t have the least idea about commerciality. But I think I’ll always accept parts with the same criteria that I always have: which is whether it offers something new to me, a different challenge, and if it’s a director that’s exciting to work with, the part or the writing. It’s always the same criteria.”