Take away our Christian foundations and “anything goes”, says Jeremy Irons
Not one to shy away from controversial views, actor Jeremy Irons has thrown his considerable intellectual weight behind Christian values.
In an in-depth and refreshingly candid interview with The Guardian’s Catherine Shoard, Irons praises the value of marriage, and admits he sees abortion as a “sin”.
“Our society is based on a Christian structure,” Irons told Shoard. “If you take those religious tenets away, then anything goes and it will become terrible – and you usually get into trouble.
“Adultery might be very nice” he says but adds that ultimately it destroys the fabric of society.
“We don’t steal – well, some people do – because it makes life intolerable for everybody,” said Irons, who is married to actress Sinéad Cusack.
“Yes, you can be in love and raise a family wonderfully by not being married, but actually marriage does give us a strength, because it’s quite hard to get out of, and so it makes us fight more to keep it together. If divorce becomes dead easy – which it sort of has – then we don’t have that backup. Because, for everybody, relationships are hard.”
“Take abortion,” he added. “I believe women should be allowed to make the decision, but I also think the church is right to say it’s a sin. Because sin is actions that harm us. Lying harms us. Abortion harms a woman – it’s a tremendous mental attack, and physical, sometimes. But we seem to get that muddled. In a way, thank God the Catholic church does say we won’t allow it, because otherwise nobody’s saying that it’s a sin.”
Recently Irons has been performing in A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s drama about an actor with a morphine-addict wife, and film buffs will have seen him this week in his first blockbuster in 20 years: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which he plays Alfred, Ben Affleck’s butler.Tags: Abortion, catholic, irons