Jeremy Irons Gets Political And Religious On Showtime's 'The Borgias'

Showtime’s newest series The Borgias is the scandalous drama of the papal family of the 15th century. Jeremy Irons plays Rodrigo Borgia, who becomes Pope Alexander VI. Researching his character was as challenging as finding unbiased journalism today.

"If you read the newspapers over the last 10 years to try to discover what sort of man George Bush is, you read a whole load of different things," Irons said. "Whether it's FOX or whether it's the New Statesman or whoever it is writing, it's different opinions.  It's the same for my character, Rodrigo Borgia.  What sort of guy was he?  You have to read a lot of different people and say, ‘Well, they would have said that because...’ or ‘That's their standpoint.’ You filter through all of that to try to find the heart of the character.  That's the only way I know how to do it."

A major rival to Rodrigo is Cardinal Della Rovere (Colm Feore). Irons sees them as Obama vs. McCain. "Sort of similar to those two, similar to any two people who are trying to get the same job.  I think that's the crux of the issue between them.  And one gets it. Read More...


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