Jeremy Strong Won't Discuss 'The Gentlemen' on the Record But I Will
On Jeremy Strong's New Yorker profile
We had a discussion of Jeremy Strong’s New Yorker profile on this week’s Keep It (out tomorrow with the wonderful Aminatou Sow guest hosting), but the one thing I neglected to mention was this particular line from Michael Schulman’s piece: “Strong was approached by bands of blond teen-age boys who recognized him from ‘The Gentlemen,’ a Guy Ritchie gangster flick that Strong did not care to discuss on the record.” LMAO. He once described this as “very high camp”:
“Very high camp” is how I would describe Lady Gaga in House of Gucci. “Very high camp” is how I would describe Jeremy’s New Yorker profile, even. I would not describe The Gentlemen as high camp. It is a movie that I tried to finish twice on a single plane, falling asleep at the onset of my first viewing and abandoning it altogether halfway through the second film. It’s not particularly funny and the dialogue is subpar gangster speak.
I don’t consider myself to be a Guy Ritchie fan, but I am fair! He has made a handful of films that I truly fucking love. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. Snatch. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Then there’s Swept Away and those Sherlock Holmes films and Aladdin, which I also turned off twenty minutes into a flight. Jeremy’s reluctance to discuss The Gentlemen got me wondering if the rest of the cast would discuss this film on record, and what they’d say about it.
Matthew McConaughey: He probably thought the film was good, he’d gladly discuss it on the record.
Charlie Hunnam: He had the wherewithal to pull out of the Fifty Shades film, he knows this film is bad. But he also did King Arthur which I feel is bad despite not having seen it, so I think he’s probably well versed in saying “I had a good time” and moving on.
Salma Hayek: Salma wouldn’t discuss this film on the record, probably, because she’s not it. I keep thinking she is because I confuse the posters for this film and The Hitman Wife’s Bodyguard.
Michelle Dockery: She would not discuss this film on the record, but also who’d ever ask her about anything but Downton Abbey?
Colin Farrell: My love for Colin knows no bounds and it actually pre-dates his sex tape. But also, the man seems to have no taste in selecting films. Who cares about The Gentlemen, I want him to discuss Dumbo on the damn record. I have questions!
Henry Golding: Henry knows this film is bad but he’s too nice. He’d say something sweet about Guy Ritchie.
Hugh Grant: He’d call the film shite on the record, I’m sure!
For the record, Jeremy has been interviewed about The Gentlemen, but it was on set. And I think his description of Guy’s directing process is all you need to know: “Guy does this think called a black box rehearsal. Where, rather that have a table read, you’re up on your feet and you’ve got your lines on teleprompter. It was challenging for me to be honest, because I was in an embryonic space where I hadn’t made choices for the character.” Don’t throw Jeremy curveballs!