Conversation: Uncovering the Bard With Jeremy Irons
Airing now on PBS is the series "Shakespeare Uncovered," six films that tell the stories behind some of the Bard's greatest plays. The series is hosted by some pretty hefty talent, including Ethan Hawke, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn and Jeremy Irons.
Many of us first met Irons, one of the great actors of our time, on PBS' "Brideshead Revisited," and he now stars in "The Borgias" on Showtime. He has won an Oscar ("Reversal of Fortune"), a Tony ("The Real Thing") and an Emmy ("Elizabeth I") -- only one of 14 actors to achieve the so-called triple crown of acting.
I spoke to him by phone Thursday:
"Shakespeare Uncovered: Henry IV & Henry V with Jeremy Irons" airs Friday at 10 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. A transcript will be posted soon.