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Jeremy Irons Not Particularly Interested in Downton, Ford Fiestas

Irons was at TCAs to promote his new PBS show Shakespeare Uncovered, and he explained its aspirations thus: "What you can do is to open up to this huge American audience ... show them that actually television doesn't end with Downton Abbey." Then he dropped this gem: "A Ford Fiesta will get you there and give you a good time. But actually an Aston Martin ... " Later he made fun of the enunciation on Downton and admitted he's never even seen the show. He owns a fleet of Ford Fiestas, though.

Photo: Jonathan Hession/Copyright: Showtime 2011