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Re: Paul Scofield
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0315  Monday, 6 April 1998.

[1]     From:   Andrew Walker White <
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        Date:   Saturday, 4 Apr 1998 12:43:01 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Q: Paul Scofield

[2]     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Saturday, 4 Apr 1998 23:16:37 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Scofield


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From:           Andrew Walker White <
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Date:           Saturday, 4 Apr 1998 12:43:01 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Q: Paul Scofield

It's my understanding that Scofield has refused the honor, although I
haven't read why.

Fellow list-members in the UK could probably give us the details on this
one.  And I agree, his acting is masterful.

Cheers,
Andy White
Arlington, VA

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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Saturday, 4 Apr 1998 23:16:37 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Scofield

A partial answer to John Owen is to be found in the amusing story that
Marlon Brando somehow beat out Scofield for the role of Mark Antony in
the Houseman Mankiewicz film of JC ca. 1953.  Gielgud (Cassius) worked
hard in rehearsal with Brando, who was a brilliant performer but green
at classic theater; Brando was an apt student.  Gielgud admired Brando
so much that he offered him a contract to do a tour with Scofield in
U.K. after the film was in the can.  Brando turned the contract down-to
go scuba diving.  This was the first and last classic role Brando ever
played.

The Queen has a file of complaints about misbehavior that can veto a
person's candidacy for knighthood.  I know nothing of Scofield's private
life, but that is a potential explanation for her having neglected him.
Almost all the books on best British actors of the twentieth century put
Scofield at or near the top.

Yours.
 

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