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Sunday Times

The man who would be King By Gerry McCarthy Sunday Times, January 9, 2005 His role in Alexander was fleeting but stardom beckons for Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley, says Gerry McCarth Oliver Stone was being magnanimous. He had agreed to see an unknown young actor from Ireland. The American director was accustomed to deference, respect for his power and submission to his ego. With Jonathan Rhys Meyers, however, he got precisely the opposite. “When I was 18 years old,” says Rhys Meyers, “I did an audition for...

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Irish Independent

Performance Artist By Vickie Maye Irish Independent, Day & Night supplement, January 7, 2005 Even with no cameras around – and with a hangover to deal with – Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a great performer, as Vickie Maye found out. Jonathan Rhys Meyers has seen better days. The eyes that (mostly female) interviewers fawn over are bloodshot. The chiselled cheekbones (that “enter a room before he does”, according to one Vogue writer) today merely serve to frame the dark, almost bruised-looking circles under his eyes. The hair hasn’t been...

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Sunday Times

Man in the mirror By Shane Watson Sunday Times, Style section, December 19, 2004 Dark, dazzling, vain and insecure, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is grooming himself for stardom. For this actor, says Shane Watson, image is everything Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the flesh delivers much the same impression as he does on screen. On the one hand, he is fragile and pretty, with a walk straight out of Zoolander, pointy cowboy boots scissoring one in front of the other, shoulders shimmying in his white vest and khaki jacket....

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Blackbook

David Bailey vs Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Blackbook, October/November 2004 In which a legendary photographer swaps wit and wisdom with Woody Allen’s latest leading man on the absurdity of celebrity, the irrelevance of education, and Michelangelo’s jewelry line. David Bailey is one of the world’s most famous photographers, almost as well known for his sexual conquests (among them ‘60s model Jean Shrimpton and actress Catherine Deneuve) as for his timeless portraits. The inspiration for Antonioni’s cult movie, Blow Up, Bailey epitomizes a certain kind of brash, working-class Englishman who...

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair by Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle, September 1, 2004 Witherspoon makes a strong, sly Becky Sharp in Nair’s upbeat, feisty take on ‘Vanity Fair’ “Vanity Fair” is a conscientious adaptation of the William Makepeace Thackeray novel. A lot of things happen, all of it fairly absorbing, some of it rendered vividly. There’s a nice languorous economy about the movie — scenes have time to breathe, and environments are inhabited, even as the story never flags. Yet something’s missing in director Mira Nair’s treatment — specifically, a point...

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NY Daily News

He’s a rogue with a bit of a brogue By Joe Neumaier NY Daily News, August 26, 2004 In “Vanity Fair,” opening next Wednesday, Reese Witherspoon is the cunning Becky Sharp, who uses her sexy wiles to win over the powerful players in 1820s English society – including the callous and confident George Osborne, played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Rhys-Meyers can relate. In movies like “Velvet Goldmine,” “The Governess” and “Bend It Like Beckham,” the 27-year-old Irish actor has been noticed for his rascally good looks. “I do suppose I...

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Sunday Times

The Sweet Hell of Success By Ann McFerran Sunday Times magazine, August 8, 2004 Dark. Decadent. Difficult. And that was before Jonathan Rhys Meyers became famous. Now as the lead roles and plaudits pile up, can the boy from Cork take the pressure? Jonathan Rhys Meyers has, he tells me more than one personality. There’s Johnny, the 27 year old Irish actor with a string of glittering credits, who’s highly temperamental but touted by director’s as a stellar talent in the making, the next Johnny Depp. This...

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Vogue

People are Talking About: Dark Angel By Maggie Bullock Vogue, August 2004 Cult Icon Jonathan Rhys Meyers makes bad guys beguiling. “Other actors are always asking me how to break into the business. I’ve no idea—I never had to do it’” says Jonathan Rhys Meyers somewhat sheepishly. Not a lament on the lips of most rising stars’ perhaps’ but just the sort of thing you might expect from a 27-year-old Irishman who, after being discovered in a Dublin pool hall at seventeen, has gone on to a...

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I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead By Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle, July 9, 2004 Former criminal dips back into old life Mike Hodges on familiar turf with stylish drama Mood and portent can conceal any number of flaws in movies about the thug life. In “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” master of stylish criminality Mike Hodges (“Croupier,” “Get Carter”) presents a nighttime London of sharp suits, distorted jazz notes and shiny luxury sedans cruising dirty streets. He does this with such elan that it’s possible to overlook a thin...

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The Lion in Winter

‘Lion’ roars with wintry wit, vitriol by Sarah Rodman The Boston Herald, May 23, 2004 “The Lion in Winter” should be required holiday viewing. Anyone who thinks their family can lay claim to the dysfunction crown will be humbled by this historical tale of scheming royal family members who betray each other with the casual cruelty of a “Survivor” tribemate. Luckily, in this Showtime remake, they also do it with the elegance and withering wit of James Goldman’s magnificent screenplay, which deservedly won the Oscar for the 1968 original...

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