Rising star Irvine not seeking fame

Press Association27 November 2012

Jeremy Irvine has insisted that despite his rising fame he doesn't want to live the celebrity party lifestyle.

The 22-year-old actor made his name in War Horse and is now set to star with Colin Firth in The Railway Man and is taking on the central role of Pip in a new adaptation of Great Expectations, but he revealed he is aware that "fame is a fickle thing".

"I realised very quickly that I didn't want to be famous, so I don't go to Mahiki, I just go down the pub with all my mates," he said.

He continued: "When War Horse came out, I had maybe a month of people stopping me in the street, then it died down. I try to ignore all that and pretend none of it exists.

"We're only acting. The work my mum does, a lot of it is re-housing homeless people, that's a real job. I play make-believe and dressing up for a living!"

Jeremy also said he doesn't want to be typecast when it comes to the roles he is offered.

He said: "It's amazing; as soon as one movie works you read six scripts that are exactly the same."

:: Great Expectations is released in cinemas on Friday, November 30.

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