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Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0368.  Wednesday, 10 May 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Scott Shepherd <
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        Date:   Thursday, 4 May 1995 11:40:03 -0400
        Subj:   Casting the *Othello* movie
 
(2)     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Thursday, 4 May 1995 18:50:35 +0100
        Subj:   Othello film
 
(3)     From:   Chris Gordon <
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        Date:   Saturday, 6 May 95 09:27:38 -0500
        Subj:   Uma Thurman/Shakespeare & Co
 
 
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From:           Scott Shepherd <
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Date:           Thursday, 4 May 1995 11:40:03 -0400
Subject:        Casting the *Othello* movie
 
Maximize the age gap: Morgan Freeman and some unknown 14-year-old girl. Up the
apparent scandal of that elopement or Brabantio's outrage comes out sheer
bigotry.
 
For Iago get somebody who always plays good guys. Tom Hanks or somebody (or
Kenneth Branagh maybe).
 
And be sure and find a damn good Emilia...
 
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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Thursday, 4 May 1995 18:50:35 +0100
Subject:        Othello film
 
Just for the record, and in response to Christine Gilmore, I was not dismissing
the idea of Uma Thurman as Desdemona; I believe my exact words were, "I'll
reserve judgement."  I'm well aware of her work in Dangerous Liasons, and in
fact almost mentioned that in my post, but was just tired of typing at the
time.  I assume she's being cast in this because she's "hot" due to Pulp
Fiction (which I really liked, by the way), but I think she's quite capable of
playing a good Desdemona under the right circumstances.  Whether she actually
will or not is another matter; if she is in fact cast in this movie, I hope she
does a good job.
 
Dave Kathman

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From:           Chris Gordon <
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Date:           Saturday, 6 May 95 09:27:38 -0500
Subject:        Uma Thurman/Shakespeare & Co
 
In response to Christine Gilmore's query: I think Uma Thurman is a fine actor;
I just don't see her as Desdemona, primarily because she seems to me so overtly
sexual, and that isn't my image of Desdemona. Julia Ormond I could see,
Michelle Pfeiffer (although some would probably say she's too _old_!!), even
someone a little more intriguing and offbeat, like Lori Petty.
 
And to Timothy Pinnow: I think from my contact with the people at Shakespeare &
Co. that they are extremely responsible about what they are doing. When I
submitted my application, the director of training called me to talk about the
kinds of things they do and whether or not that was something I was interested
in/prepared for, since my background in Shakespeare is primarily academic.
After I convinced _him_ that I was interested, I was accepted into the program.
As someone who has done only a bit of acting, and that long ago, but who has
good friends who are actors (as well as not a few good friends in the mental
health field), I think that confronting one's emotional blocks in a training
program like this can be extremely productive. This is not to say that no risk
is involved, but since most of the Shakespeare & Co staff are trained
professionals in their own fields, and have done a lot of related work in group
dynamics/therapy, I trust them to know what is appropriate in a given
situation. I don't think mental health professionals are the only people
qualified to assist fellow human beings in exploring themselves in new ways.
Obviously, I'll be able to speak to this more specifically once I've completely
the workshop. But based on reading about it, seeing a public tv program about
Tina Packer, and talking with folks who have participated, I'm not concerned at
this point. In fact, I'm anticipating the experience with great excitement.
Sorry for going on so long. --Chris Gordon
 

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