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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Liam Neeson and Shakespeare

Should Liam Neeson do some Shakespeare?


The mystery for me is that I looked over the films he has done over the years -- I have personally seen almost every last one of them -- and yet he has not done any Shakespeare on screen!

There are some years where he has three, four, even five films released!

So why no Shakespeare?

With all due respect to actors everywhere, is Liam Neeson not the most Shakespearean looking actor on the planet?

There are any number of roles I can see him in, and at the top of that list would be King Lear.

He did Shakespeare on stage, as a member of the Dublin Shakespeare Theatre Festival, in Hamlet, Richard II and All's Well That Ends Well. During the 1990's he was very active with the Royal National Theatre in London, performing a wide range of roles.

But nothing on film?

Should he do some Solved Shakespeare?

I think he would be perfect!

I don't have a hard time imagining him as an Elizabethan, and I think he would be perfect as one of Shakespeare's fellow actors, in the Lord Chamberlain's Men, and later the King's Men under King James.

Liam Neeson is arguably the hardest working man in film, and he has played an incredible range of characters. It is uncommon to find an actor with such range.

So the idea of him as an Elizabethan actor performing sometimes more than one role in any given play would be very exciting.

I'm not sure I would want to see him in a female role with a wig, but you never know!

He has worked with some of the greatest actors today -- Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Day-Lewis, Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor and so many more.

But what if he could act together with all of them in the same series of films?

That would be Shakespeare unlike we have ever known.

What do you think?


David Schajer

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