The Hollywood Reporter got a chance to chat with Academy Award-winning thesp Jeremy Irons while he was receiving a career tribute at the Marrakech International Film Festival, and the actor spoke briefly on his turn as Bruce Wayne’s stalwart English butler Alfred in director Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“He is quite a different Alfred than we have seen so far,” said Irons. “Zack Snyder had very clear views about what he wanted. I would just say he’s more hands-on perhaps than just a butler.”
Does that indicate that we will see Alfred get in on the action a little rather than simply ordering Batman’s helmets from China and giving him sage advice (and breakfast)? Or maybe Alfred is a sparring partner/fight trainer to Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne, kind of like how Stick helped sensei Daredevil? (Maybe not the best example.) A kick-butt Alfred would certainly be an interesting change of pace, all due respect to Michael Gough and Michael Caine.
Irons admits Alfred is “not a large role,” what with most of the Justice League scrambling for screentime, but he did say that working on the gargantuan blockbuster was “not that different than ‘Die Hard,'” referring to his role as the diabolical Simon in 1995’s Die Hard With a Vengeance.
Having just wrapped a nearly eight-month-long shoot, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Jena Malone, Holly Hunter and Scoot McNairy, and hits theaters on March 25, 2016.
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