The more recent film roles of Jonathan Rhys Meyers have been screenplays based around influential works of fiction, such as George Moore’s Albert Nobbs, from Celibate Lives, first printed in 1927, to Albert Cohen’s ‘Book of Love’ Belle du Seigneur, first published in Paris in 1968.
So, given the importance that literature has played on the most recent film roles that have attracted the attention of Jonathan Rhys Meyers, in the last few weeks we asked Johnny to tell us what works of literature had inspired him; he very generously provided us with an extensive list of books that he regards as the most important in his collection.
As Jonathan Rhys Meyers gave us such a lengthy list to go through, covering a wide range of genres, we thought that we would share them with you all by publishing details about Johnny’s favourite books throughout the course of the next few weeks.
The first work of fiction to feature on Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ list is The Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by the American writer Cormac McCarthy, first published in 1985. According to admirers of Cormack McCarthy’s literature, The Blood Meridian: “depicts the borderland between knowledge and power, between progress and dehumanization, between history and myth and, most importantly, between physical violence and the violence of language”.
From one fearsome American novelist to one recognised for his wit and satire, Samuel Clemens who wrote under the pseudonym of Mark Twain as the authorial first person narrator in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). Recognised globally as the “Great American Novels”, both were selected by Jonathan Rhys Meyers as two of his all-time favourite books.
And probably the most subversive of all the American literary writers that Jonathan Rhys Meyers has chosen, included on his list of all time great works of fiction, are the entire works of Hunter Stockton Thompson. Better known as Hunter S. Thompson, an American journalist, credited with the inception of gonzo journalism, Thomson wrote for Rolling Stone magazine, as well as writing The Rum Diary (1998) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971) perhaps most famous because of the 1998 film adaptation starring Johnny Depp.
So, if you want to know more about what really makes Jonathan Rhys Meyers tick, get down to your local library, and get reading.
Over the course of this week we’ll be publishing the details of even more books that have inspired Johnny, so keep an eye on this site for more from Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ eclectic bookshelf.