Finally!! I always view Hamlet as an adolescent and it’s frustrating as hell to see him portrayed as a full grown man.
Trevor Nunn on casting a 23-year-old Ben Whishaw as Hamlet:
“I suppose I did do something crazy,” Nunn says now, when I ask him about the casting. “But I’d grown intolerant of Hamlets where the production failed to honour the idea that he was a student. I wanted to do a Hamlet for the gap-year generation. I saw loads of young actors, of whom Ben was one. “I was riveted straightaway. In one sense he was like a teenager, not fully formed. But there was also this tremendous intelligence and quickness of thought. He has a poetic quality; there was something intangible about him. And when he did ‘To be or not to be’, you really felt you were watching someone who might kill himself.”
Anyone who speaks English quotes Shakespeare, oftentimes without knowing it. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t mean what a lot of people think it means. Here’s another small compilation of quoted and sometimes misquoted Shakespeare:
Part One is here.
Anyone who speaks English quotes Shakespeare, oftentimes without knowing it. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t mean what a lot of people think it means. Here’s a small compilation of quoted and sometimes misquoted Shakespeare:
I think I am more proud of ‘The Hollow Crown’, sorry Tim, than anything I’ve ever done. It’s a great honour to be Hulk-smashed but, really, Henry V is where it’s at. It kinda cost me real blood, and real sweat, and real tears. But they were never shed so gratefully or willingly because Shakespeare’s the reason I became an actor, and as I grow up and grow horns and my tastes change whenever I reconnect to Shakespeare I feel that I am reminded that acting might just be a useful and effective way of spending my time. I have always dreamed of playing Prince Hal and Henry V and to do it in our Olympic summer and on the BBC was just a dream, and I still can’t believe frankly that I was allowed. (X)
Henry V and Princess Katherine in film: Laurence Olivier & Renee Asherson, Kenneth Branagh & Emma Thompson, Tom Hiddleston & Mélanie Thierry