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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Carey Mulligan and Shakespeare

Should Carey Mulligan do some Shakespeare?

Of course.

The real question is why has she not done it already.

It's not hard to imagine her as Juliet, Ophelia, Portia and Desdemona.

But I would love to see her as Lady Macbeth. I have a feeling that Carey would be magnificent in this darker role.

Carey has terrific range as an actress and I think she will surprise us over the years as she continues to challenge herself.

I found a small article about how her dream was to be a stage actress rather than a film actress, and she is very eager to perform Juliet before too long.

I would encourage her to do it, no matter what, and as soon as possible.

Of course, I would love her to do some Shakespeare on screen, when and if the opportunity presented itself.

But she would also be great in some solved Shakespeare, too.

I could easily see her as Anne Hathaway, William Shakespeare's wife. There was one woman who inspired Shakespeare more than any other, and it was Anne.

I could also easily see her as King James's wife, whose name was also Anne. In my forthcoming version of Othello, we get to meet Queen Anne -- and she is one of the most fascinating characters in the life of Shakespeare. She also finds her way into his plays quite often, including Othello.


David B. Schajer

UPDATE: I saw her in Gatsby recently and she was wonderful. I think it's almost impossible to play Daisy on screen, making her sympathetic, but Carey was great. And there was a lot of chemistry between her and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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