Downton Abbey fans weren’t the only ones to take offense to Jeremy Irons’ recent remarks about their beloved show. After reading about how the actor dubbed the British series “the Ford Fiesta of television,” the motor company got in touch with EW to set the record straight.
“Jeremy Irons is an great actor. Everyone knows that. But our Fiesta is a great car. Given the situation, we thought it would be best to issue a formal response with something Mr. Irons could appreciate: a ridiculously dressed, Shakespeare-spouting Bard of Ford,” Car Communications Manager Dan Mazei wrote us in an email. “Irons had his chance to respond. Why shouldn’t we?”
Our bad. We never considered the true victim of Irons’ hurtful comments — not the popular period drama, but the poor lime green hatchback that somehow became the actor’s standard for mediocre in the first place. And that’s rich coming from a man who starred in Dungeons & Dragons. So Ford took 24 hours, collected all the Shakespearean garb they could find, and created a brand new mascot to issue their official response. Check out the exclusive video below: READ FULL STORY