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The charismatic British actor, whose career spans more than 40 years, will be presented the honor by festival director Elif Dagdeviren and Omer Vargi, head of the national feature film competition jury.
The event is scheduled to be aired live on Turkey’s ATV Network, according to the fest.
The event is set to host a special screening of David Cronenberg’s multiaward-winning 1988 sci-fi thriller Dead Ringers, in which Irons played the role of identical twins with a menacing knowledge of surgical instruments.
Although already established as a stage and television actor in his native U.K., the Dead Ringers role brought Irons to the attention of a wider audience, and he went on to be cast opposite Glenn Close in Barbet Schroeder’s Reversal of Fortune (1990), for which he received a best actor Oscar and Golden Globe.
Irons is best known to U.S. television audiences for his portrayal of Rodrigo Borgia on Showtime’s The Borgias; in the U.K. he is best known for appearing on the TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and for co-starring with Meryl Street in Karel Reisz’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981).
Irons has starred in such box-office hits as Disney’s animated The Lion King (1994), voicing the villainous Scar, and playing opposite Bruce Willis in 1995’s Die Hard: With a Vengeance.
The actor is currently cast in the highly anticipated DC Entertainment production Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, portraying Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred, and in Stephen Hopkins’ Race. Irons will next star in Giuseppe Tornatore’s indie pic Corrispondenza, slated for release in 2016.
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