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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Shakespeare and Henry Cavill

Should Henry Cavill do some Shakespeare?


He was great in The Tudors -- he really looked like he belonged in that period of history.

And it seems like he enjoys acting in different periods, with his work in The Immortals and The Count of Monte Cristo.

He was fantastic as the new Superman. He was absolutely convincing as the greatest superhero of them all. And I thought his scenes with Russell Crowe were excellent.

I can't wait to see him opposite Ben Affleck in Batman v. Superman next year.

I hope that he eventually, sooner than later, does some Shakespeare.

There are so many roles he could play -- as Coriolanus, Henry V, and Macbeth, for example. He would be great as Iago.

But I would love to see him as Mark Antony in both Julius Caesar and in Antony and Cleopatra. It would be very interesting to see him in both plays, at different times in Mark Antony's life, and I think that Henry Cavill would enjoy the challenge of playing such a complicated and important historical figure.

But what could be even more exciting is if Henry Cavill was in my Shakespeare Solved series of films about Shakespeare's life and plays.

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 world-famous actor like Henry Cavill on the screen insome new Shakespeare for our new age.

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.

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex

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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David B. Schajer

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