Jeremy Irons: Social media shouldn't influence casting
Jeremy Irons thinks it is "absolute madness" that popularity on social media is influencing casting decisions
Jeremy Irons thinks it is "absolute madness" that castings are being made based on social media popularity.
The 67-year-old thespian is maddened by the fact someone's popularity on Twitter could influence a director's decision on who is right for the role and is adamant it should be based on talent alone.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph newspaper, he said: "I don't think actors, entertainers, deserve the amount of attention they get.
"But it's the way of the world. People love to know about them. That's life. I've always been aware that I don't warrant the coverage that I get.
"You know what they're doing now? If there are two young men who are up for a role and one has 1,000 Twitter followers and one has 100,000, the one with 100,000 will get the role. I just think it's madness. Absolute madness."
The 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' star would be happy going unnoticed in the public eye but admitted that it might cause his career to crumble.
He said: "I'd probably not get employed, that's the trouble."