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The Sun-Herald

Kicking On By Victoria Young The Sun-Herald, July 7, 2002 The movie Jonathan Rhys Meyers thought would be a disaster for him is a major hit, Victoria Young reports. If you haven’t seen the new British comedy Bend It Like Beckham, meet one major reason to buy a ticket quick – actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The movie also happens to be the funniest of the year so far and one of the most successful British-financed movies ever, but back to Rhys Meyers… The 24 year-old Irish actor plays Joe,...

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The Straits Times

Much Cuter Than Beckham By Suhaila Sulaiman The Straits Times, July 6, 2002 Gorgeous Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers usually plays mad, bad characters but in Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham, he’s really an average Joe. The task: Run around and play footie with 20 girls, all of whom are dressed in shorts, some topped in athletic bras. That is what Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers had to do in his latest movie, Bend It Like Beckham. It’s a tough job, but hey, somebody has got to do...

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Glamour

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Glamour, May 2002 In World Cup year, the glass-shatteringly beautiful Jonathan Rhys Meyers, famed for his disruptive, sexually ambiguous roles, has decided to butch it up. By playing footie with a bunch of girls. Cast in the role of Joe, the football coach of an amateur women’s football team in Brit film Bend It Like Beckham, his biggest challenge wasn’t resisting the temptation to tackle his team-mates, but “to be more manly. I’m only 24, I look pretty young and as I’m the same...

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Irish Examiner

Playing for Keeps By Paul Byrne Irish Examiner, April 13, 2002 Having Made His Name Playing Scary Monsters And Super Creeps, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Welcomed The Challenge of Portraying “A Regular Kind of Guy” in The British Comedy Bend it Like Beckham. He Talks to Paul Byrne About Stereotyping, Working For The Yankee Dollar, And Seducing Britney Spears. When I first met Jonathan Rhys Meyers for his debut leading role in the feature film The Disappearance of Finbar back in 1996, to say he was wide-eyed and innocent would...

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The Mirror

Jonny Goes Round the Bend By Pauline Mcleod The Mirror, April 12, 2002 Jonathan Rhys Meyers, star of footie drama Bend It Like Beckham, longs to do a Hollywood blockbuster Considering Jonathan Rhys Meyers had been very drunk the previous night he is decidedly chipper. He’d planned to watch the Oscars live on TV in the small hours, but woke up on the floor of his swanky Italian hotel suite, having slept through the whole thing. He’s got good reason for feeling upbeat, though. On his way home to...

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Bend It Like Beckham

Get those teenage kicks by Hannah Mcgill The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), April 11, 2002 Movies about teenagers haven’t been too inspiring of late, thanks to the dominance of American Pie and its countless imitators. Rich pickings indeed for those who enjoy giggling at vomit gags and having their homophobia reinforced – but not much going on for more complex organisms. A warm welcome, then, to two films that address the trials of the teenage years in very different but equally refreshing ways. Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien takes...

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More

My Oh Meyers! More, April 3-16, 2002 More! has a dribble over the star of the new footie flick Bend It Like Beckham, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Jonathan Rhys-Meyers had a difficult childhood. He spent time in an Irish orphanage, was permanently expelled from school, and then, hard up and hungry, he started stealing. Fortunately, when he was 17 he was spotted by a casting agent while in a local pool hall and his acting career took off. Since then, Jonathan’s starred in more than 20 films alongside actors...

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Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham by Derek Elley Variety, April 1 – 7, 2002 An Anglo-Indian girl gets to realize her dream after meeting a blonde English tomboy in “Bend It Like Beckham,” a pleasantly amusing comedy set in the world of women’s amateur soccer. As in her previous two features, “Bhaji on the Beach” and “What’s Cooking?,” writer-helmer Gurinder Chadha assembles a gallery of broadly played stereotypes into a movie about social attitudes that’s more rooted in small-screen sitcom than anything deeper. With crossover appeal to Indian communities as...

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Showbiz Ireland

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Interview By Stephen Walsh Showbiz Ireland, November 7, 2001 He glammed it up in Velvet Goldmine and went Gothic in Gormenghast but, as Stephen Walsh finds out, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is just your average bloke from Cork who once did a Knorr commercial and broke a girl’s heart. Rhys Meyers was born in Dublin in 1977, moved to Cork when he was three. A wayward youth saw him leave school and enter the pool hall at 16, where he would probably have stayed had it not been...

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Belfast Telegraph

Collins hitman gives backing to top event By Roisin Cox Belfast Telegraph, October 11, 2001 Film festival role for screen star Meyers An added attraction at the launch of this year’s Foyle Film Festival was the appearance of Dublin-born Hollywood star Jonathan Rhys Meyers. And he gave the festival, which will show 200 films over 10 days in early November, his is full backing. Although Meyers has numerous film credits he is probably best known as Michael Collins’ assassin in the 1996 hit movie, a tag he has been...

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