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Jeremy Irvine: New "Great Expectations" Film Is About 'Being Yourself

Nov 13 2013, 1:36pm CST | by ABC News Radio

Main Street Films(NEW YORK) -- You probably remember Jeremy Irvine from his starring role in the Steven Spielberg movie War Horse.  Now, Irvine is back in theaters as the star of Great Expectations,...

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Jeremy Irvine: New "Great Expectations" Film Is About 'Being Yourself

Nov 13 2013, 1:36pm CST | by ABC News Radio

Main Street Films(NEW YORK) -- You probably remember Jeremy Irvine from his starring role in the Steven Spielberg movie War Horse.  Now, Irvine is back in theaters as the star of Great Expectations, a new adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story.

This version, which was released in the U.K. last year but is just arriving in the U.S. now, features a star-studded cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane and other top British actors.

Ultimately, though, the story is about Irvine's character, Pip, a poor orphan who unexpectedly comes into money, tries to rise above his station, and fails miserably.  Irvine tells ABC News Radio that he considers it "quite a responsibility" to take on a role in a Dickens movie, which he says is a "staple of British culture." 

He was the first actor who signed up for the film, and he says he breathed a sign of relief when he found out he'd be joined by all those other top-shelf actors.

Irvine says the story of Pip, who burns all sorts of bridges in his quest to become a "gentleman," is a cautionary tale. "It comes down to ambition becoming obsession," he tells ABC News Radio.  "[Pip] is living this life and desperate to get out of it...and when the people he loves get in the way, he just cuts them out without thinking...he’s not a good person!"

"When [Pip] starts pretending to be someone he’s not, he starts losing the people that he loves and he starts abusing the people that he loves, and everything starts going wrong," Irvine adds. "So I think it’s a message about being yourself."

Next up for Irvine: roles opposite Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Colin Firth in, respectively, The Reach and The Railway Man.

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