There’s “A Good Amount of Evil” in Jeremy Irons

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Since he gained fame, in 1981’s “Brideshead Revisited,” Jeremy Irons has gained a reputation as a complicated leading man. He is the picture of an urbane Englishman (at least according to American audiences), with a particular knack for playing villains. The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead gets right to the heart of the matter: “Are you evil? Or are you just asked to play evil?” “I always think we’re like grand pianos,” Irons says. “We choose in our lives to play certain chords, but all the other strings are there.”