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Gertie August 21, 2018 Celebrities

If you are a fan, you have a fansite. I do. And then there is my blog. If you are deep into your object of admiration, you have memorabilia galore. I do. I have amassed a collection of stuff on Jonathan Rhys Myers over the years. Ever since I first noticed him. I have boxes devoted to TV and others to movies. I have original photos, unfortunately not taken by me; and many are autographed. This is the basis of any true fan collection. Then you jump up to articles of clothing and personal objects. Those you obtain from other fans and people who know the actor. They aren’t easy to find and can be costly if rare.  It has been fun for the duration of his career, and no doubt it will grow.

I say this with some sorrow in my heart because this wonderful, loving collection has recently taken a hit. It wasn’t lost or stolen. Much of it was the victim of a flood in the storage area of my apartment building caused by a busted water heater. How mundane. I wish it has been tankless. Isn’t just like my landlord to put off modernization for so long? The standing water caused by the water heater leak spread to my storage compartment which is near the floor. Some items were damaged, including a prized script from The Tudors. These don’t pop up for sale very often. It is now a bit waterlogged and stained. Even dried out, the paper has wrinkled and curled. Some of it remains, but not in good condition. Nevertheless, it stays in the collection. A few photos I had to toss. I guess there is always more of those out there. I will have to contact my sources. I make trades and purchases with other fans, although getting them to part with something good is like prying a lock off a prison door.

I gave the landlord a piece of mind and didn’t appreciate my scorn. He could care less about memorabilia on Jonathan Rhys Myers. Showing him the damage had no impact. “It’s just a bunch of paper,” he mocked. The only movie he knew about was Bend It Like Beckham. Philistine! He did not offer to pay for anything since as he put it, “These things happen.” Never again, I thought, as I planned how to exit my lease.

I tried to make him feel guilty and mentioned his stellar role as Elvis Presley. Ok, maybe it wasn’t his best. But he got the point and finally gave in and offered a discount on the next month’s rent. Not enough, but it was a decent gesture.

Jousting on “The Tudors”

Gertie August 17, 2018 Celebrities

You can tell from the title of my blog who my favorite actor is. There is nothing about Jonathan Rhys Meyers I don’t want to know. I am sure everyone has their top picks when it comes to this profession – mine is none other than the Irish actor who has been featured in some of the most sought after films of the century, whether it be the recent file Stonewall or the drama, Tudors, which as you might know got quite popular during the latter part of 2000’s.

Yes, I adore his various portrayals. What I also love about him is grit and his determined personality, apart from acting skills that are sure to blow anyone away. I mean, he is one of those few actors who has been everywhere and done everything – whether it be a voice over during the Elvis mini-series, as a television actor for the television series, Dracula, or as one of the finest actors in contemporary movies (Velvet Goldmine, Bend it Like Beckham, and Mission Impossible: III). Please join me in my adulation.

Today I just want to talk about the Tudors. Didn’t you love that jousting equipment? Didn’t the knights look divine on their steeds? Too bad John didn’t get to do it: that is not the role of the king. This is a whole new world for me and I was fascinated by all the metal gear. They had to find authentic pieces somewhere and get busy custom making it for the series. I can see the forge now with 16th century workers busy creating armor and lances. It is surely not done that way anymore, so I started to look it up. The process has come a long way as steel mills have been automated and updated to supply the great demand of modern times. In the Renaissance it was no doubt an art to decorate breast plates and pub metal flourishes on everything.

Now it is all about sleek modern styles of industrial products. Artisans today who want to look old-fashioned learn how to use a welder in the old way. There is a constant craving for relics of the past. I love how The Tudors. Casting metal is no longer a lost art. By the way, the show ran for four seasons, giving us all a great opportunity to relish the costumes and accoutrements.

John looked superb as Henry VIII in the early years of his reign. It was a great role for him; he is so adaptable, like a chameleon that can become anything it wants. He did it for a whopping 38 episodes! I watched each and every one at least five times.

Was There a JRM Sighting Last Night?

Gertie July 18, 2018 Celebrities

Red alert! The word is out and the telephone tree is in full gear. Jonathan Rhys Myers fans are exchanging excited phone calls, particularly those within a one mile radius of a recent sighting. Rumor has it that the actor was visiting a hot new club, and, of course, we all want to find out if it is true. Should we go individually and alone, so as not to be noticed, or en masse as a wild fan group? That would perhaps get his attention. Many times when celebrities are in the midst of mere mortals, they act like normal people and keep to themselves. We want better than this from our idol. We want him to speak to us! We want to take selfies with him! It would be a rare opportunity to be sure.

I have traveled to various filming locations over the years (just a few as my budget permits), hoping to catch a glimpse of him, preferably in action. The best I could do was spot him at a movie premiere in Hollywood on the “red carpet.” I was so excited that I celebrated in a nearest watering hole, the Pig ‘N Whistle, right there on the boulevard near the cinema. It is known to attract the “in” crowd. I wanted to catch my breath and look at the phone camera pix I had taken. Most were too far away or blurry, but it was a feat nonetheless to be within shooting range.

I stayed for a few drinks just to be in the same vicinity as John. Here’s the thing. The place was filled with smoke and I walked out with my clothes smelling like a stale cigarette butt. How was I going to get rid of the smell? I had to wear the clothes the next day, hoping to sneak in a TV studio down the block where a post-premiere interview was going to take place. They would never let me in like this. All the stores were closed, there was no dry cleaner in sight, and his next appearance in town was at 9:00am. He would be long gone in another hour. I wracked my brain. Fortunately, a liquor and sundries store was open on the other side of the street. I scoured the place, but the only helpful item was a scented candle. This would have to do, I said hopefully. I would lay out my clothes on the bed near the candle so it would absorb the lemon scent. It worked. If you are in a pinch about telltale cigarette odor, this is the fastest solution.

No, I didn’t get anywhere near the interview! But I still went home happy.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Biography

Gertie July 14, 2018 Celebrities

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is an Irish actor who has appeared in nearly 44 films and 9 Television shows which nominated him for 19 various prestigious awards.

However, that’s not what made him a favourite of me. But I will come down to that later. Let’s take a look first at what Johny, the Irish actor has achieved and then how he has won the hearts of millions of his fans.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers whose birth name is Jonathan Michael Francis O’Keeffe was born on 27 July 1977. Jonathan was born to Geraldine and folk musician John O’Keeffe. He was born at Dublin, Ireland and brought up in County Cork. His family belongs to Roman Catholic, and he had three brothers who were musicians like his father.

About His Schooling

His schooling was done at North Monastery Christian Brothers School. Later Jonathan expelled from north Monastery. He is a resident of London, England, U.K, Hollywood Hills, California, the U.S. In 2007 his mother Geraldine died at the age of 51 due to several health problems at Mercy University Hospital. Read the article completely to know more about Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

About his Personal Life

Jonathan Rhys Meyers had been in a relationship with Reena Hammer for almost eight years that is from 2004 to 2012. Reena Hammer was the daughter of Ruby Hammer who was famous makeup artist owning cosmetics brand Ruby & Mille having the turnover of 5 million per year.

Coming to father of Reena Hammer his name is George Hammer who was a businessman, and he owns Harrod’s luxury spa UK distributor. It was stated by different sources that Reena was the reason for Jonathan going for alcohol treatment program.

Due to several issues, Jonathan and Reene broke up in 2012. At that point of time, the reason did remain unclear though; later, it was stated by Reena that she was happy after the breakup. Reena in an interview out spoke that out of jealousy and anger they had broken apart.

Since then, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been in a relationship with Mara Lane. Mara was an actress as well as a film producer in the film industry. Before that, she is into teaching.

In 2013 Meyers and Mara met in a party and immediately they have fallen for each other. In 2014 Mara and Meyers got engaged, and both had married in 2016. They had a son whose name is Wolf Rhys Meyers. Meyers said that in 2017 Mara miscarried the second child. The couple was living in Ireland along with his son.

About His Alcohol Addiction

Everyone has their own flaws. Johny has his too – and it was his alcohol addiction. However, what I really loved about all of it was that he remained transparent about it and actually decided to fight the addiction, rather than do nothing about it and pretend it’s going to be all right.

It was stated by Jonathan representative that, Meyers had received the alcohol treatment in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2017. Due to his alcohol addiction in 2010, he got an order to pay €1000 from French court and also sentenced for suspension of public intoxication. In 2017 he came across an issue where he had been ejected from Dublin airport because of his alcohol addiction.

Meyers in spite of what you could say having a somewhat turbulent personal life, has been one of the finest actors you can ever come across. And he has been able to brush things up beside him whenever things didn’t go his way.

It’s his versatility that really makes him the king. He can act just about anywhere and in any role. It’s what makes him special for me, and one that I would look up to always.

A modern Dracula: Meyers Works his Charm Once Again

Gertie June 14, 2018 Celebrities

Jonathan Rhys Meyers had played the role of Alexander Grayson in the television horror drama series DRACULA. Dracula television series is a 10 episode drama based on the novel Dracula written by Bram Stokers. Shooting for this series was done in Hungary. Jessica De Gouw played the main characters in this film as Mina Murray, while we also had other notable actors as Thomas Kretschmann, Victoria Smurfit, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Nonso Anozie, and Katie McGrath.

So, how did Meyers fare in DRACULA- the television series?

In 2014 for this series Jonathan has been nominated as Favorite Actor in a New TV Series by People’s choice award. Along with this Dracula has also nominated for other two awards titled Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in One-Hour Episodic Television Series and Favorite New TV Drama.

The series was started airing from October 25, 2013. It has telecasted in NBC in US and star living in the UK. It running time is 43 minutes. It’s ten episodes were directed and written by different people.

In the First episode “The blood is the life” the arrival of Jonathan as Alexander Grayson will be shown as a Rich American entrepreneur and meets the character mina who resembles his dead wife, Ilona. He also spots an order of dragon, where they have an instant dislike for each other; it was viewed by 4.26 million viewers of US.

The second episode was titled as “A Whiff of Sulfur” where (Meyers) Grayson and Lady Jayne become lovers even though Grayson doubts that she is on the side of Order of dragon.

The third episode name is “Goblin Merchant Men” followed by “From Darkness to Light”, “The Devil’s Waltz”, “Of Monsters and Men”, “Servant to Two Masters”, ” come to die”, ” Four Roses”, ” Let there be light”.

For this series, Jonathan had struggled so much to portray the main character Dracula. People had started admiring him for his role in DRACULA. He brought uniqueness to the series, and it brought him more opportunities in movies as well as in television series. His role in DRACULA has made him more famous.

What’s Next?

It’s expected that in a later series, there will be full-length action where the story follows the novel. Meyers has given his outstanding performance where he has been appreciated by many co-stars as well as captured the hearts of millions of people. The series was aired up to January 24, 2014, which has viewed by 3.04 million people of US.

Johny As Elvis: As Good as One Can Get!

Gertie May 28, 2018 Celebrities

Now, there are plenty of reasons to love Johny’s acting – however, while I do love many of his movies, there is one TV series that will stay etched in my mind forever – the Elvis Mini-series. It has Johny portraying some of the finest moments on television that I have seen, which has made me one of his fans for a long time.

I remember just turning on the series randomly during a lazy weekend, and I couldn’t put it back till I finished it. And it isn’t just because of the storyline, it was because of his voice – who would have thought that Elvis could have sounded so amazing?!

I do like being in the character – remember Barney from How I Met Your Mother? Neil Patrick did pull off some of the greatest dialogues, all with his subtlety and being into the character. The same goes here for Meyers – he pulled off something spectacular in the series, something you don’t normally see in a series like this.

What’s Special About It?

In the Elvis mini series, which was played during 2005, Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the role of Elvis Presley who is a great singer who has crossed many struggles and hardships to build his stardom internationally. Jonathan Rhys Meyers took Elvis role as a challenge and have done a lot of work behind the scenes to match Elvis personality and attitude.

He did not face any problem in dubbing his voice for songs because the television series was the first one to get permission to use Elvis’s own master recordings. The series has used the master recordings which made the series more successful. It is an Elvis portrayal that made the series buzzing amongst the people.

Jonathon becomes the rock icon by playing the role of Elvis. He himself told that his own life has so many similarities with Elvis life. Jonathan is 21 days when Elvis died in 1977. Jonathan has researched about Elvis by watching his shows, his documentaries and various tv shows which Elvis made during his earlier days of career. Jonathan watched at every interview that is available to him and keenly observed Elvis so that he can portray his role properly.

Jonathan was mostly inspired by Elvis lip and hip sync. He praised Elvis for his achievements and popularity. Jonathan says that he himself has gone through the same difficulties that Elvis has gone through which has helped him in playing his role. Elvis is a poor boy who felt very uncomfortable at school and is very shy and is a daydreamer, Jonathan says that even he has these qualities which made him imbibe in Elvis character.

These similarities clearly explain Jonathan’s performance in Lewis’s character. He showcases the sweetness and sex appeal of Elvis’s personality.

Elvis film series is a four-hour series wherein Jonathan completely succeeded in showing the early struggles of Elvis and his transformation through constant battles in the early life of career between insecurity and his ambition and also his relationships with key people of his life.

The key people of Elvis life includes his father Vernon, mother Gladys, his manager and his love of life Priscilla. Elvis series included Elvis life from where he took a job as a truck driver to his later recordings and concerts and finally in till he got stardom and his entry into the army.

During eight weeks of filming Jonathan stayed in character and went on listening to Elvis’s songs in his iPod before any Scene and wearing Elvis favourite aftershave in between scenes.

Jonathan has got many appreciations from people around for his performance as Elvis. He says that though there were many fans of Elvis who knows completely about Elvis but only he knows what it is like to be Elvis- though really, he was in that character for a short period.

And I sure do agree with him – he got into the character, and that’s what made this so special for all us viewers.

My favourite performances

Gertie May 21, 2018 Celebrities

I love Jonathan Rhys Meyers performance in his television film ‘Elvis’ which was released in the year 2005 where the storyline of the movie goes like the chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley from his childhood to his struggling career till he got stardom internationally.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers gave the best performance in his movie velvet goldmine released in the year 1998 where the British journalist Arthur Stuart investigated the life of superstar Brian Slade who has been heavily influenced in his career starting days by rebellious American singer Curt Wild.

Moreover, I loved watching the movie where Jonathan Rhys Meyers acted as Titus in the movie named ‘Titus’ where the story speaks of victorious Titus who returns from war only to plant seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.

He is into the character in most of his films, one of such is The emperor’s wife which was released in the year 2003. The storyline ran thus – the empress is given seven years of time to look for an emperor with an heir to his throne.

If she cannot succeed in doing so within that time limit, the emperor can marry a different girl. The emperor’s Chamberlain helps the emperor in searching for a right girl who throws all the four people into a great mighty struggle.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is also known for his acting skills in his movie ‘ The children of Huang Shi’ released in the year 2008. The story is about a journalist of British named George Hogg, who takes the assistance of an Australian nurse and saves a group of orphaned children when Japan occupied China during 1937.

I was greatly impressed with his performance in a television film named The Tudors telecasted from 2007 till 2010 . It is a drama and an adventurous film where the story is about Henry Vlll who becomes king of England and went on expressing his great disapproval for Roman Catholic Church and laid down the foundation for the church of England and married six times.

The series bagged with many awards including Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and many more.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has again proved himself in a movie named ‘Match point’ where he acted the role of Chris Wilton. It is a thriller film and where Jonathan took the main role. The film showcases the life of Chris who is a former tennis player and looks for a job as an instructor. He meets Tom Hewett who is a wealthy young man whose sister falls in love with Chris, but Chris falls for Tom’s fiancee Nola.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Filmography

Gertie May 14, 2018 Celebrities

After expulsion from the North Monastery, Jonathan was busy working around pool halls. While he was in the pool hall casting agents spotted him and asked him to come for auditions.

Actually, agents were looking for Irish boys for “War of the buttons” although it passed from him agents have encouraged for his acting career.

In 1994 Meyers had got an opportunity to work for the movie “A man of no importance” as a first young man. Even though this film got no awards, it has given him the opportunity to prove his talent. Later 1996 he appeared in movies named The killer Tongue as Rudolph, The Disappearance of Finbar as Dunbar Flynn and lastly in Michael Collins as Collins ambusher. In 1997 he starred in 2 movies Where he played the role of Josh Minnelli in “The Maker” and Kelvin Boyle in “Telling Lies in America”.

In 1998 Jonathan worked in movies in which one has been nominated for prestigious film awards. He portrayed the role of Brian Slade in “Velvet Goldmine, Henry Cavendish in “The Governess”‘ Bruno in “B. Monkey” and as Adam in “The Tribe”.

The Other Movies

Later Jonathan had worked in many other movies, and while I honestly cannot tell the name of each one, just a few of them would tell you about the stature that he is today.

– The Loss of Sexual Innocence,

– Ride with the Devil,

– The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

– Another M, Stonewall,

– Wake Up and many more.

His Other Appearances

Apart from movies, Jonathan had also appeared in many television shows. From 1996 onwards he is into television films titled Samson and Delilah as young Samson. Later in 2000, he had been part of 4 episodes of Gormenghast which was based on Novel. In 2002 he played the role of George Amberson Minafer in The Magnificent Ambersons. In 2003 he appeared in The Lion in Winter television film as King Philip II.

In the year 2005, he starred as Elvis Presley in Elvis which has been nominated for various awards. From 2007 to 2010 he portrayed the role of King Henry VIII in the film named The Tudors which gained popularity as well as awards. Dracula was a ten episodes television film which aired from 2013 to 2014 where he played Dracula / Alexander Grayson role. In 2016 and 2017 he worked for the television films Roots and Viking.

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