Why hasn't Daniel Day-Lewis done any Shakespeare on film?
You would think at one point or another that he would have participated in some Shakespeare film adaptation.
It is so easy to imagine him working with Kenneth Branagh and/or Ralph Fiennes.
I did some reading up on him and it came as no surprise that he did Shakespeare on stage -- he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in about 1983.
He played Romeo, and also Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
|With Judi Dench as Gertrude|
He was joined by Dame Judi Dench as Gertrude. Oh, they must have been terrific together.
During a performance of this Hamlet, his emotions overcame him, and he couldn't go on.
For such a fine actor like him, it must have been quite a moment that brought on such an emotional response, and it must have been terribly excruciatingly difficult for him to decide against finishing the production.
Later he claimed in a TV interview that he had seen the ghost of his own father at that very moment.
But I do find it interesting that he has never performed on stage since.
In any event, I think it is a crime that he has not done any Shakespeare since then.
Perhaps he has just not found the right Shakespeare to do.
I read recently that in 1991, Julia Roberts was going to play Viola in the film Shakespeare in Love. She insisted that the only actor who could play the part of William Shakespeare was Daniel Day-Lewis.
But he was not interested. When she could not get him to do it, she pulled out of the film, which was set to begin only six weeks later!
It took several more years before Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes made the version that we know today.
I think he would have been remarkable as Shakespeare. But I have a feeling that he didn't want to portray Shakespeare as the film depicts him. He probably wanted to portray a more serious and dramatic Shakespeare.
I ask you, is there a better actor for period movies? He seems to have an real passion for acting in different historical periods -- he must really enjoy living as another human being in a distant time and place for months on end. It’s a truly remarkable talent.
I think he would find the Elizabethan world every bit as fascinating as any other in which he has immersed himself.
I think he would find it a worthy challenge to communicate to us, the modern audience, the stories of struggle and sacrifice, triumph and failure of people like Shakespeare and his family and fellow actors.
I do hope that sooner than later he would lends his truly unique talent to doing some Shakespeare, and perhaps even bring my Shakespeare Solved series of films to life.
What do you think?
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