Clearly, there's an invitation to follow the Robert Pattinson route to teen idol (Hardwicke describes Max by saying, 'He's 6ft 3in, drop-dead gorgeous, and has this crazy magnetism'), but Max is wary of being typecast as a heart-throb.
He recently 'found' himself talking to Disney about , a similarly racy reboot of the Snow White tale.
(He started smoking at 13, liquorice roll-ups, same as his father.) He remains a Londoner, commuting back and forth to LA, where he met his girlfriend, the Australian actress Emily Browning, 22, who has just starred in a sexy Australian take on the (no relation to the recent Royal Court play).
You can tell he's a bit of a rebel as he is brazenly drinking from a carton of Ribena. 'Listen: pink was the undercoat, it's now a nice rusty orange,'he says.
'I was thinking, if I get this, they would probably pay a bit, there would be a lot of exposure - but I could pretty much bank on not having the kind of career I want.'He talks admiringly of Andrew Garfield and Tom Hardy, two young British actors who have made interesting career choices, and speaks of his love for Pinter and Stoppard: 'I want to have a career that lasts 60 years, not six.' He has a wariness of Hollywood and laughs at the ridiculous diets and the punishing vanity.
'At the end of a really, really, really horrible workout, the only thing I want to do is have a smoke,'he laughs.
Emily recently talked about the controversial role she plays in the film. ”With young people, there’s often that carelessness, allowing yourself to get into danger – recklessness, I suppose.
For Lucy, it’s not naivety; she has a perverse fascination, allowing herself to be exploited and seeing how far she can push that.” ”She puts herself in this situation. She allows herself to be objectified in this way,” she added.
After training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and appearing in a couple of plays on the London fringe, he is about to appear as a drug-addicted pornographer in the Sky mini-series and inject a bit of sexuality,'he explains.
I thought Little Red Riding Hood was all about sexuality? But it's very subconscious...' At any rate, this version has a sexuality that's precision-tooled to set young female audiences'hormones raging, with Amanda Seyfried as the hooded heroine and Irons as her rich suitor.
I had been warned that Irons - 25-year-old model, actor and son of Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack - would be rather shy, but, on the contrary, he's wholly self-assured.
And if his CV is still looking a little sparse given the hype that surrounds him, Max ought to put that right with his latest projects.
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