A tribute today to Jeremy Irons in a film we haven’t seen. But we really do love the clip from it—below. Masterful delivery.
RAIN FROM THE SKY!
Now, this was a Dungeons and Dragons film from 2000. It’s not a series (as in board game or otherwise) we’ve indulged in.
But, we sure as heck love the above bit. Because that—that’s the type of acting that gets you on the Professional Moron blog. Kudos, Irons. Ironing kudos!
It reminds us, in many ways, of our old cushIron invention. In which, we suggested Jeremy Irons promote our highly unstable household product. He declined our offers.
In the meantime, this thing is just a film he entered to, and we quote, fund the castle he wanted to live in. This is England, after all.
So a one off thing for him, but a rather forgettable (if not lamentable) experience for everyone else.
Primarily fans of the board game, we believe, who found the whole thing utterly underwhelming.
Despite a pretty massive budget, studio interference got in the way. And, in general, it looks pretty bad now.
Especially when you consider Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings stuff came out a year later. They’ll have been filming it (as in Jackson) when this D&D thing took place.
To be fair, it looks like a Disaster Artist “so bad its good” type of deal.
We learned about the film from Cynical Reviews on YouTube—his feedback is very enjoyable. On crap films in general, he always digs out some fun ones.
We’re geeks. But we’re not quite the Dungeons and Dragons level. That’s proper geek. And we have respect for that.
Otherwise, it’s just a bit odd seeing an actor of Irons’ calibre in the film. But we know he must have received good pay for it.
Irons is a terrific actor—usually. Here he is in Margin Call (2011). It’s about the 2008 financial crash.
As for Dungeons and Dragons, we really like this idea of blood raining from the sky.
And we think his Dungeons and Dragons quote was much more suited to this scene. But, there you go, capitalism is all about denial. That and… blood raining from the sky. Nice.
But it’s that sort of absurd, over the top delivery that we do think works.
And without Irons, that film would have been a forgettable disaster. With him in it? Well, it’s memorable.
Not for the best reason, but for a reason. At least that’s something.