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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Shakespeare and Robert Pattinson

Should Robert Pattinson do some Shakespeare?


I have read that he once performed the role of Malcolm in Macbeth, so he has already done some Shakespeare.

There are many roles he would be great in -- Hamlet, Macbeth, Prince Hal/Henry V, Benedick, Coriolanus, and so forth.

But I would really like to see him as Petruchio. The Taming of the Shrew is one of my favourite plays, and Petruchio is one of the greatest roles in history. Petruchio has to be manly, funny, charismatic and very strong to be able not only to woo but also to win the heart of Kate.

I think Robert Pattinson has those qualities, and I think it would be exciting to see the sparks fly between him and Kate in Shakespeare's war of the sexes.

It would seem that ever since the Twilight series of films, he has been hell bent on doing as much work as possible, and experimenting with roles. Good for him!

I especially liked him in Water for Elephants and Bel Ami.

He is a very interesting actor, and it will be exciting to see him develop a body of work.

So, if he is that brave, he should give a hard look at Shakespeare, and do some soon.

But as much as he should do some Shakespeare on stage and on screen, I think he would be perfect in my Shakespeare Solved series of films.

It would be great to see him as an Elizabethan actor, and show what it was like for Shakespeare to write the plays, and perform them for the first time in history.

When I was writing my version of Merchant of Venice, and I realized that the actor who first played Bassanio, probably Henry Condell, must have been uncommonly handsome, and would no doubt have had adoring female fans who came to many if not all of the performances.

I thought of Robert Pattinson immediately for Henry Condell/Bassanio.

Also, in my versions of Hamlet, Richard III, and Merchant there are many other roles beyond the actors who perform those plays.

One of the most significant roles would be Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, who was known to be uncommonly handsome. He and his close friend Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex were patrons to Shakespeare, and he was a co-conspirator in the failed Essex Rebellion against the Queen in 1601.

Of all the people who may have been the "fair youth" in Shakespeare's sonnets, Southampton is the most convincing candidate.

I also thought of Robert Pattinson for the role of Southampton.

Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton

And I couldn't help but think that Shakespeare modeled the character of Bassanio after his friend and patron Southampton.

And since Southampton, and Essex for that matter, practically lived at the theatre, I would bet that I'm right.

Also, Shakespeare had already written Romeo and Juliet for and about Southampton.

What do you think?

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David B. Schajer


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