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Monday, May 25, 2015

Ian McKellen and Shakespeare

Should Sir Ian McKellen do some Shakespeare?


He has done quite a lot of Shakespeare in his career, and I doubt there are many roles he has not performed, but I think there is much more for him to do.

While we usually think of him for the his very successful film career, his Shakespeare work has clearly been as important to him, like his Richard III film (1995), Macbeth with Judi Dench (1979),  and King Lear (2008).

Richard III

He is truly one of the most remarkable actors in the world, and it is almost impossible to imagine anyone else but him playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit series of movies, or Magneto in the X-Men series -- series that will endure for decades.

I think his success in movies may not have happened had it not been for his extensive background with Shakespeare. He has played Hamlet, Prospero, Coriolanus, Iago, Romeo, King John, and many other roles.

With Francesca Annis in Romeo and Juliet

It would seem that he has done just about every major male role. So what Shakespeare is left for him to do?

I think he would be great in my series of Shakespeare Solved films.


It would be very exciting to see him in the Elizabethan/Jacobean period, with Shakespeare and his fellow actors as they perform Shakespeare's plays for the first time in history.

There are many roles in these films for him to choose, but the one that appeals to me the most is the role of James Burbage -- the man who built The Theatre, the first theatre in England since the Roman times, and the place where Shakespeare may have first performed at the beginning of his career.


He was also father to the actor Richard Burbage, who was the first actor to play Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, Romeo etc.

In my series of films, he is also a sort of father figure to Shakespeare.

It makes a certain sense that Ian McKellen, a Shakespearean patriarch of sorts, should play the father of England's theatres.

What do you think?

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