Jeremy Irons Turns Down 'Brideshead Revisited' Role
But the Oscar winner was reluctant to take on a role played by one of the greatest actor's of all time. Irons says, "They did approach me and ask me to be involved in it - they wanted me to play the part of Lord Marchmain - but I said I couldn't possibly put my feet into the footsteps of Olivier.
"Marchmain is also old and dying, so I'm far too young and fit for that."
But Irons is confident the film - due to start shooting in May - will be a hit without him. He adds, "I have read the script and I think it's very good."
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