Jeremy Irvine: "Ryan Gosling And Leo DiCaprio Are My Role Models"

It's Jeremy Irvine's first time in Cannes. The young British actor, and star of 2012's Warhorse, is in town with his mates living the dream; plush hotels, unlimited bar tabs and partying aboard Roberto Cavalli's yacht: "It was amazing," he tells us, "there was even an original Picasso subtly hanging in the toilet."

There's a few of them sharing a room - "when the room service comes half of them have to hide" - and the plan is to take a road trip in Southern France when the festival's over.

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But back to the real reason Jeremy's here; on Thursday night Colin Firth presented him with the 12th annual Chopard Trophy, an award bestowed on an actor whom the jury think has what it takes to make it as a proper fully fledged Hollywood star. Marion Cottilard, Gael Garcia Bernal and Audrey Tautou are all previous recipients but Jeremy is playing it cool: "Of course it's a big honour, and I was really chuffed the award came from Colin."

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As the archetypal British actor, Firth seemed like the perfect choice to hand the baton down to one of our brightest young talents. They also star together in the forthcoming film 'The Railway Man', Jeremy playing the younger Colin in a film based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax. Years after being held as a POW in WWII in Japan, Eric returns to the country to find his captor and seek vengeance for the brutalities he suffered. "Working with Colin was a dream, he's a great teacher and I learnt a lot."

This month in Esquire we celebrate our Heroes, so who else does the 23-year- old credit as a role model?

"I met Leonardo DiCaprio at the Gatsby premiere last week, which was incredible. I'm a big fan and he's made some brilliant career choices over the years," he says. "I also had breakfast with Ryan Gosling recently, and was so in awe I acted like a 6 year old girl". Seems no one is safe from the Gosling effect.

Next up there's the modern day Western, 'A Night in Old Mexico', and the drama / thriller, 'The World Made Straight'. Not to blow our own trumpet, but Esquire championed him first, and a full 18 months ago.

"The main thing is I don't want to get typecast, diversity is the key to a long career".  

'The Railway Man' is out late 2013
'A Night in Old Mexico' and 'The World Made Straight' are both out in 2014