He would be great, right?
I actually wrote this article back in August of 2012, asking what you thought of him as Richard III -- and now this week they announce that they have verified the skeleton of Richard III! What a funny coincidence!
We know he can play a bad guy, as we have recently seen him as the villian Loki in Thor and The Avengers. I think the success of both movies is due in large part to his performance as a really compelling villain.
What makes his Loki so good is that he makes you understand the motivation of the villain, and once you begin to think the way that he does, you find yourself almost rooting for him. You don't want him to succeed of course, but at least we want a good fight.
And of course, we can't have super heroes without great villains.
Who better then to play one of the greatest villains of all time, Richard III?
And if you think Tom was funny and engaging as Loki, he would be amazing as the real Richard III that Shakespeare had in mind -- the real Richard III that I discovered as I wrote my version of the play.
The Richard III that Shakespeare had in mind was seductive and dangerous. A charismatic killer. And very very bawdy.
I am sure many of you have seen Tom very recently in the Hollow Crown series. He was fantastic, and while my version of Richard III is very different, it does not hurt that he can lead a cast in some Shakespeare, albeit a traditional adaptation.
I think the first time I noticed him was in Return to Cranford. He was very good, as was Michelle Dockery, before Downton Abbey.
He had a significant role in Wallender with Kenneth Branagh, who has clearly singled Tom out for his talent.
I also thought he was good in War Horse, and Midnight in Paris.
But what is almost more exciting is that he has some experience on stage, including having played Cassio opposite Ewan McGregor as Iago and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Othello at the Donmar Warehouse.
The point that I am trying to make is that he has terrific range as an actor. I think he would be very good at showing all of the sides of Richard, from the light to the dark to the funny.
I think he would bring a vitality and a humor to my series of new Shakespeare versions, and he would communicate this new vision superbly.
What do you think?
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David B. Schajer
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