There seems to be a lot of interest these days for Shakespeare films -- there are TWO versions of Macbeth coming out in 2014 alone.
There is also a lot of activity on stage, what with Jude Law in Henry V, Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus, Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth, David Tennant as Richard II and so on.
But what about Christian Bale?
He played Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1999, and before that he played Amled in A Royal Deceit in 1994, which is a re-telling of Hamlet. He even co-starred with Kenneth Branagh in Henry V in 1989.
So, he is no stranger to Shakespeare.
I could easily imagine him as Richard III, Macbeth for sure, Coriolanus, and Edgar in King Lear. He would make a very exciting Iago, and a great Henry V.
It would be thrilling to see him live on stage in any of these roles.
Perhaps with his busy film schedule he can't find the time.
If he is committed to making only films for the foreseeable future, then it comes a real surprise that no one has cast him in any more Shakespeare adaptations, like the Macbeth films coming out soon.
Or, perhaps he has just not found the right Shakespeare project to do.
Perhaps he thinks there is nothing new and exciting in performing Shakespeare on stage or on screen. He's absolutely right.
There is very little that is new. Most all of the versions of Shakespeare we are seeing are not much different than what has been made before.
That's why I think he would be excellent in my Shakespeare Solved versions of the plays.
They are very different. They are completely unlike any Shakespeare we have come to know.
My versions of Hamlet, Richard III and The Merchant of Venice take us back to the time when the plays where first performed, by Shakespeare himself and his company of actors, the Lord Chamberlain's Men.
As well as you may think you know those plays, there were entirely different when Shakespeare first performed them. They were funnier, much bawdier, and much more political.
The audiences at the time were not quiet and polite. They were loud, rude and they heckled the actors every chance they got. I have never seen anyone throw food at an actor, but it was very common, probably a daily experience in Shakespeare's time.
When we look at the plays in their original historical context, they are exciting and funny and nothing like what you would expect.
Perhaps Christian Bale would want to make some Shakespeare like that. Shakespeare that revolutionizes our understanding of the plays and of the man.
He seems to like period films -- like The New World, and The Flowers of War. He is playing Moses in a new biblical epic Exodus.
I think he would enjoy playing an Elizabethan actor, on stage in London performing with William Shakespeare, and re-interpreting the plays for future generations.
I would love to see Christian in such a role. I would love to see him in that kind of Shakespeare.
What do you think?
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David B. Schajer
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