By Nathalie Fraser
Homme Numéro, Spring n.7 2004
1977, the year punk broke. It’s also the year in which Jonathan Rhys-Meyers was born, so it’s hardly surprising to discover in the attitude of the Irish actor certain basic tenets of the punk ethos, its speed and anger. Jonathan stands out by his refusal to play to type and the nervous intensity of his creative vision. Spotted at the age of fifteen, he rapidly landed a series of increasingly important parts. He’s played a bloodthirsty soldier in Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil, a devilish twin in Julie Taymor’s adaptation of Titus, a Bowie-esque icon in Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine. Forthcoming projects include Oliver Stone’s Alexander and the next Mira Nair film. A star is born.