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Re: Keanu Does Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.06638  Friday, 16 April 1999.

[1]     From:   John Nettles <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Apr 1999 09:48:00 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.06634 Re: Shakespeare Related Films

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Apr 1999 08:12:28 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.06634 Re: Shakespeare Related Films

[3]     From:   Janet Maclellan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Apr 1999 12:12:08 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Keanu and the Language of Don John


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From:           John Nettles <
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Date:           Thursday, 15 Apr 1999 09:48:00 EDT
Subject: 10.06634 Re: Shakespeare Related Films
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.06634 Re: Shakespeare Related Films

More about Keanu Reeves... I read an article once about the filming of
"Speed" which stated that, in order to center himself between takes,
Reeves would retire to a corner and recite Shakespeare. Those who have
seen "Speed" will notice that Reeves doesn't speak much in the film. I
maintain that Reeves's character was a more talkative fellow in the
original script, then had his lines systematically cut each time the
director heard him doing Shakespeare...

Just a thought...

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Thursday, 15 Apr 1999 08:12:28 +0000
Subject: 10.06634 Re: Shakespeare Related Films
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.06634 Re: Shakespeare Related Films

Karen writes:

>Interestingly, a fair number
>of the students commented afterward that (as Moira said) Reeves brooded
>well, but that that he made the verse "sound weird."   The rest of the
>cast, in their opinion, made the verse sound like "normal" language.

This is actually what I liked best about his performance in the
production.  In his complete alienation from the saccharine world of
Much Ado, extending even to his incompetence with verse, he provided a
reflection for my own alienation from the film. For the first time, I
ended up almost sympathizing with Don John.

Cheers,
Se

 

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