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Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0570  Thursday, 18 June 1998.

[1]     From:   Martin Jukovsky <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 17 Jun 1998 12:39:43 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0565  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Randal Putnam <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 17 Jun 1998 10:28:59 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0565 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare

[3]     From:   Irmgard Pohrer <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Jun 1998 15:01:22 +0200
        Subj:   Schwarzenegger as Hamlet

[4]     From:   Irmgard Pohrer <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Jun 1998 15:01:22 +0200
        Subj:   Schwarzenegger as Hamlet


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From:           Martin Jukovsky <
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Date:           Wednesday, 17 Jun 1998 12:39:43 -0400
Subject: 9.0565  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0565  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare

Ilona Goldmane <
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>2) What do you know about a "Hamlet" with Arnold Schwarznieger and don't
>you think a little bit strange to invite this actor to this role?

Arnold Schwartzenegger did a marvelous parody of Olivier's HAMLET in the
much underrated LAST ACTION HERO.  This is actually the daydream of a
young lad in English class, the teacher of which is played by Joan
Plowright.

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From:           Randal Putnam <
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Date:           Wednesday, 17 Jun 1998 10:28:59 -0700
Subject: 9.0565 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0565 Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare

>2) What do you know about a "Hamlet" with Arnold Schwarznieger and don't
>you think a little bit strange to invite this actor to this role?

You're referring to the movie "Last Action Hero" wherein there is a
brief wildly funny satire of Olivier's Hamlet right down to the
costumes. The story of the film surrounds this boy who loves the
Schwarzenegger character's movies. While watching the "Hamlet" movie in
an English class, he sees the film redone as his favorite hero would do
it.

"There's something rotten in the state of Denmark, and Hamlet is taking
out the trash!"

It comes about 10 to 15 minutes into the film and is frankly the only
reason to see the film.

Randal Putnam
Reno, NV

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From:           Hugh Howard Davis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 17 Jun 1998 16:05:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0565  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0565  Re: Contemporary Uses of Shakespeare

Ilona Goldmire asks about Schwarzenegger as Hamlet.  The only instance
of this I can recall is his appearance in -Last Action Hero- as Hamlet
in a film (the Olivier film, as I recall), in which Schwarzenegger's
character becomes the Dane at the Yorick speech.  He then says, "To be
or not to be.  Not to be."  (all the while crushing the skull).  Not
exactly a moment of greatness.

Hugh Davis

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From:           Irmgard Pohrer <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Jun 1998 15:01:22 +0200
Subject:        Schwarzenegger as Hamlet

There is a scene in "Last Action Hero", where a kid sits in his English
lesson, is incredibly bored and imagines his favourite action star in
the role of Hamlet. Enter Arnold in macho attire, monstrous gun
included, and delivers "To be or not to be. In your case, not to be".
Ka-blam!

Actually I thought it was one of the very few funny scenes in an
otherwise dumb movie - and I hope I don't get thrown off the list for
watching Schwarzenegger movies.
 

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