The English actor Jeremy Irons is currently filming in Etyek (near Budapest) until December and will be using a BMW R1200GS to discover the hidden delights of this landlocked central European country. The Oscar-winning actor is a big fan of two wheels and loves motorcycle touring, especially when he is abroad. He keeps a R1100RT at home in the United Kingdom and because he likes it so much, he contacted BMW’s Hungarian subsidiary looking for a BMW bike to use while he was filming in Etyek.
The 62-year-old star of movies such as The French Lieutenant’s Woman and The Mission and Reversal of Fortune, picked up the R1200GS on September 21. The company has agreed to let the star use the motorcycle until the beginning of December.
Irons has been in Hungary since July filming the television series ‘The Borgias,’ in which he plays Rodrigo Borgia, later known as Pope Alexander VI. “I like working in Hungary,” he said, “but I haven’t had the chance yet to get to know the country by motorcycle. I have been to Esztergom by car and I will definitely go back on a bike because I really liked it. The Hungarian landscapes are beautiful, although I do miss the high mountains and winding mountain roads a bit. My wife often comes with me on my trips, and we are both happy to have the opportunity to discover the countryside with a BMW Enduro bike since this is the brand we use back home in the United Kingdom. Fortunately, we have also received a lot of great route tips to choose from, along with the motorcycle.”
Jeremy Irons’ acting career has brought him to Hungary a number of times. He has worked on several Hungarian films, including ‘Being Julia’ with director István Szabó and cinematographer Lajos Koltai, and has collaborated with his old friend, Hungarian-born producer Andy Vajna. He also starred in the stage adaptation of Sándor Márai’s ‘Embers’ in London.
Irons received the keys to the big GS from Balázs Zámbó, the motorcycle manager of BMW Hungary. “It is a great pleasure for us to help make an international star feel welcome here in Hungary and I have no doubt that Mr. Irons will be satisfied with the versatility and dynamism of the R1200GS,” he said. Jeremy will be spending most of his weekdays in the city between now and the end of filming. On the weekends, however, he will be touring the countryside.
BMW even put together a video of Jeremy Irons picking up the motorcycle: