Jeremy Irvine 'terrified' on War Horse

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Steven Spielberg directs this 2011 adventure film about a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, as their bond is forcibly broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend. Based on the children's novel of the same name by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse stars David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston, & Peter Mullan.
January 10th, 2012

Jeremy Irvine admits he was "terrified" on the set of 'War Horse'.

The actor plays the leading role of Albert in Steven Spielberg's World War I epic, and he reveals that as his first major speaking role in a film - which also stars Emily Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston - he was particularly nervous about working on it.

He told BANG Showbiz: "I was terrified, and rightly so. But I had to stop myself from thinking about that. I really had to force myself not to think about being on set with Steven Spielberg. I had a wonderful cast around me who would sort of sit me down and tell me it was going to be OK!

"Steven was so kind and paternal. I remember Tom one day when I was very freaked out just telling me, 'It's just a job, and it's like any other job, you turn up and do the best job you can while you're there and then you go home.' And that's when you can freak out!"

Jeremy - who has since been cast in a number of films, including the eagerly anticipated 'Great Expectations' starring Helena Bonham Carter and directed by Mike Newell - believes it was a privilege even to "have lines" in the film.

He said: "I went from having no lines in a theatre show straight to this. It's completely mad. I'm still trying to take it all in. Just having lines is a privilege! Having lines in a Spielberg movie is kind of more than I can relate too."