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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Henry Cavill and Shakespeare

Should Henry Cavill do some Shakespeare?

I certainly think so.

While we have never seen him in any Shakespeare before, he is not unaccustomed to wearing period costumes, such as The Tudors.

I thought he was quite good in the series, and I thought he was very good in The Immortals. I even remember him in The Count of Monte Cristo.

He was excellent in the new Superman: Man of Steel, and it was exciting to see him him as the greatest superhero of them all.

As I have written earlier, Shakespeare's actors were the most popular players of his day, and in our day and age, it would be exciting to have an actor like Henry Cavill on the screen in some new Shakespeare for our new age.

I can imagine him in several roles, like Hamlet, Macbeth, and Henry V. I would love to see him play a villain, like Iago.

For the sake of my versions of Hamlet, Richard III, and The Merchant of Venice -- which set the plays in their original historical context, and show how the plays would have been performed for the first time in history, in Elizabethan London -- I could see him as one of the historical figures of the Elizabethan era.

He would be fantastic as Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, for example. Essex was dashing, heroic but he came to a terrible end, as he led a failed rebellion against Queen Elizabeth.

He was also Shakespeare's friend and patron. After the Rebellion, and after Essex's execution, Shakespeare wrote his Hamlet play to remember and celebrate his dear friend.

I would love to see that relationship on screen, and I think Henry Cavill would be fantastic as the man who inspired Hamlet.

What do you think?

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