Jeremy Irons: “Political correctness has gone too far”

The star of The Borgias says touching a woman’s bottom is just “communication”

“Political correctness has gone too far,” says Jeremy Irons in an interview in the new issue of Radio Times.

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“There are too many people in power with too little to do, so they churn out laws to justify their jobs. I hope it’s a rash that will wear itself out.”

And the veteran British actor, who stars as the debauched Pope Alexander VI in upcoming historical drama series The Borgias on Sky Atlantic, says most women can handle a bit of “friendly” contact from men.

“Most people are robust. If a man puts his hand on a woman’s bottom, any woman worth her salt can deal with it. It’s communication. Can’t we be friendly?”

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Read more about The Borgias, and find out what Irons had to say on other big subjects, including religion, super-injunctions and the press, in the latest edition of Radio Times, on sale now.